Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — No DVDs, no problem: The Television Academy is sharing details on how it will charge studios and networks for digital Emmy screeners next year, now that the organization will no longer allow physical mailers to its 25,000 members.
Starting in 2020, there will be a flat fee for a show's For Your Consideration screeners to be hosted on the Academy's FYC viewing platform or the submitter's own site. (Submitting networks/studios can choose one location — either the Academy platform or their own.) The fee will be charged once per program, with an unlimited number of episodes.
The FYC digital screener fees will depend on program category, starting with $8,000 per program for key competitions including comedy, drama, limited series or TV movie. FYC payment will be collected via order form, and the Academy says it “reserves the right to audit partner participation in the FYC program and collect fees accordingly” (in other words, don't sneak a few extra episodes up there).
This could still represent a big savings for studios and networks, which under the previous DVD screener rules were required to pay fees of $200 per episode, per peer group (which currently number 29) — up … — Michael Schneider/@Variety