Behind the Scenes of the 2014 Emmys

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards have come and gone once again! We all enjoyed seeing the stars, deciding on best and worse dressed, and who will win and who will walk away empty handed. But, what goes into planning the production of such a huge event?

2014 Emmy Awards were viewed by 15.6 million people so there is no room for mistakes! With 7 different camera departments backstage alone, there is no where to hide. Some of these cameras include:

  • Thank You Camera: as winners leave the main stage, they have the opportunity to extend additional thanks to friends, family and colleagues.
  • Green Room Camera: inside look as presenters and nominees mingle backstage.
  • Trophy Table Camera: viewers will see winners’ reactions as they pick up their Emmy statuette. The Emmy presented to them upon announcement is not the Emmy they take home!
  • Host Camera: after winners pick up their Emmy, they will stop to talk to backstage host Marc Istook.
  • Press Room Camera: viewers are able to watch as winners ask questions from press member representing over 100 media outlets.
  • Producers’ Table Camera: watch as presenters rehearse before walking on stage.

We all love to see the stars but how about the true star of the Emmy Awards? The Emmy statuette is handcrafted right here in the United States. Straight out of Chicago, every Emmy is individually created and is plated with the names of each nominee. This way, absolutely no one knows who will win until the envelope is opened! Here are a few fun facts about the gorgeous award:

  • The Emmy statuette features a graceful, winged woman holding an atom aloft.
  • The wings are meant to represent the muse of art.
  • The atom she is holding is symbolic of the new technology of television.
  • The Academy saw and rejected 47 designs before accepting the statuette used today.
  • Nearly 400 statuettes are created each year for the Primetime Emmys.
  • Each figure weighs six pounds, 12 ½ ounces, and is formed from nickel, copper, gold and silver.
  • Making a single statuette takes about 5 ½ hours.

Check out this amazing video of a single statuettes journey.

When the awards have finished, approximately 3,600 guests attend the Governor’s Ball which is held on the top floor of the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. This is another event within itself:

  • The theme of this year’s ball is, “Kaleidoscope of Colors.” Every decoration, food item, and presentation followed this vibrant theme.
  • Patina Catering celebrates 19 years with the Emmy’s.
  • There are 1,200 pieces of glassware provided.
  • Over 1,000 bottles of wine and 750 bottles of champagne will be served.
  • 1,500 staff members will be serving at the Governor’s Ball.
  • 6 chocolatiers will be making over 20,000 individual pieces of chocolate.

So, now you have a sneak peek into planning and implementing one of the largest events produced. From behind the scenes to the famous Governor’s Ball, the Emmys has come a long way since the first official show in 1949. I wonder what they have in store for next year…

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