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8 January 26th, 2017 44th Annual Daytime Emmys: Mary Hart and Harry Friedman To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, New Venue Announced For Ceremonies!

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NATAS (The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) announced today that the upcoming 44th Annual Daytime Emmys will be held on Sunday, April 30th a the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, as well as the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, April 28th.

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be moving our signature show to the historic Pasadena Civic Center,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS.  “With its grand lobby and world class architecture, it is a fitting location for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Daytime Emmys to the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “It is an honor to host this significant occasion as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting.”

Courtesy/NATAS

In other Emmy news, NATAS revealed this year’s recipients for the Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Hart, former host of Entertainment Tonight and Harry Friedman, producer of two of the most successful game shows in television history, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

“The entire country, including me, fell in love with Mary Hart from her very first broadcast of Entertainment Tonight,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Mary’s charm, wit, smile and intelligence made her the most trusted anchor in the genre of entertainment news. Her ability to make even the biggest stars comfortable made audiences welcome her and ‘ET’ into their homes. Harry Friedman has produced the two most iconic game shows in the country if not the world.  His constant tweaking of show formats and the addition of the latest technologies has kept Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, at the top of syndicated television with no end in sight.  The National Academy could not be prouder to honor both of these extraordinary television stars with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Harry Friedman is a force unto himself that has taken the game show world and reinvented it for the 21st Century as well as being, perhaps, the nicest man in show business,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS).  “With Friedman joined by Mary Hart, the woman who set the bar for those that followed in the entertainment news genre, as our Lifetime Achievement honorees, we are looking forward to two incredible celebrations of the world of Daytime television this year.  Add to that the move to the historic and elegant Pasadena Civic Auditorium to host both shows and I believe this will be one of the most celebratory and exciting Daytime Emmy Award shows in a long time!”

So, what do you think about Mary Hart and Harry Friedman as this year’s picks to receive the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award? What do you think of the Emmys new venue for the upcoming ceremonies? Comment below!

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  1. Karen Gierhart says:

    Are they going to be televised ? I sure hope so!

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  2. su0000 says:

    Mary Hart and Harry Friedman ?? never heard of them..
    But-
    They have a place to hold the awards, question is will they be televised or online?

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    Guest replied

    Harry Friedman is the Producer of Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune which have been nominated at theDaytime Emmy’s in the past years. Two of the longest running game show’s.
    And Mary Hart is ..wait.. Didn’t you read Michael’s article or possibly google these ppl?!
    And, if memory serves me correctly the budget was $short last year.. Poptv will most likely air it, from what I heard!

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  3. mark says:

    The best Emmys were when Kathy griffin hosted I still laugh at them on youtube

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  4. Mo says:

    Mary Hart was on a nighttime show. Why isn’t she being recognized at the other Emmys?

    I hope they’ll be on TV.

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    Iakovos replied

    Daytime Emmys capture achievement outside the primetime/latenight daypart. ET is some markets is/was broadcast during day. Am surprised some are not familiar with Hart or Friedman. Hart brought class to entertainment journalism, a field which sadly has lost some of its luster for me. Friedman’s name in in the creidts of his shows and he made a lasting difference in his field.

    I am so happy to hear this news. Happier to learn the awards are being televised but I wait like all of you for that announcement.

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  5. toscanti says:

    Will they be televised? That has always been the question in past years.

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    su0000 replied

    I’d bet the Daytime Emmy’s will continue to be online..

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