Due to Coronovirus, Emmys will be done remotely this year. Producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart state that Emmys award ceremony will air live on Sunday but they are dealing with some technical difficulties.
During the press conference producer Ian Stewart stated that “We decided let’s not do the easy route here, the sanitized route here, and do lots of prerecorded things and put them all together, bolt them back to back and put out something that’s sort of generic. A stumbling block can be a stepping stone depending how you use it. This is a time to be a bit loose and have some fun … Anything that we can do live, we will do live.”
For Sunday’s Emmys, the producers sent out camera equipments that include fully-assembly sets of camera, monitor, ring light and computer to the nominees. If you think of there are 130 nominees, then they ssent 130 sets to the nominees that are locates in 10 different countries and 20 different cities.
Other producer Reginald Hudlin said that “The nominees are really going to be our partners in this process,” and he also noted that 130 internet providers’ performance will be also critical to not to have any problem.
Related to broadcasting, Stewart told that “It’s sort of like trying to watch 130 sports matches at the same time. You have so many things coming in and so many things that can stop coming in. These are not places that are wired to do a sports match, they’re wired to be where you have your dinner.”
Stewart is quite pessimistic about the Sunday night. His main concern is things may go wrong during the show. Because this has not been done before and he stated that they will try their best to not to have any problem. But nothing goes perfect, therefore they will face a problem during this worldwide broadcast.
On the other hand, he believes in Jimmy Kimmel and he think Jimmy will be hero if anything unexpected happens. “We’ve got Jimmy Kimmel, who loves live TV and the chaos of live TV. I think he’s actually hoping things do go wrong, to tell you the truth.”
As for the show’s runtime, Hudlin said that “It’s really tough to know because we’re gonna be doing so many things that have never been done before. If we’re in someone’s house and something extraordinary happens, we don’t want to be saying stop that immediately we’re running over, we want to have these natural moments play out.”
The duo said they’ve looked at and learned from other virtual broadcasts, including awards shows, but they see this as an opportunity to escape what Stewart called “awards fatigue” and do things “really, really differently.”
“This has been an extraordinary time that none of us have lived through ever before. TV, broadcast has been our friend right through that whole period,” Stewart said. “It’s been that water cooler when you can’t go to the water cooler. And we think, what the hell let’s celebrate it. Let’s celebrate the role that it’s had in our lives and the people who’ve made it who are so extraordinarily talented.”