TV Showrunners Protest Emmy Time-Shift

WGA West joins East Coast writers guild in registering anger at Academy of Television Arts & Sciences over plans to pre-record writing awards

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TV writers stepped up their protest of the plan to
cut some writing awards from the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, calling it a
"symbolic attack" on the value of writing.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has said the move would be an effort to
keep viewers from tuning out the show early
.

WGA West has
joined the Writers Guild of America East in
registering their displeasure with what they view as a slight to the
profession
.

WGAW released a copy of a protest letter signed by over 150
writers and producers from primetime broadcast and cable
shows from A (Army Wives) to Z (Zeke & Luther).

The letter was short and to the point: "We, the
undersigned showrunners and executive producers of television's current line-up
of programs, oppose the Academy of Television Arts and Science's decision to
remove writing awards from the live telecast.

"This decision conveys a fundamental understatement of the importance of
writers in the creation of television programming and a symbolic attack on the
primacy of writing in our industry.  We implore ATAS to restore these
awards to their rightful place in the live telecast of the 2009 Emmy
Awards."