What Are The Daytime Emmy® Awards?

The Daytime Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in Daytime entertainment programming broadcast or made available between the hours of 2:00AM and 6:00PM, by conferring annual awards of merit in various categories. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence.

How Do The Daytime Emmy® Awards Work?

Following approval by the National Awards Committee and Trustees of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the new contest rules and procedures, a by-category submission guide, a document outlining what's new for 2017-2018 and the calendar become available online.

A call for entries and notification to potential judges is sent to a wide cross section of the daytime television community. Entries and judges are solicited from shows, networks, syndicators, independent producers and crafts persons.

Call For Entries:

The Entry and Judging Registration Period begins October 31, 2017. The Daytime Online system at daytimeemmys.dmds.com powered by ©Yangaroo, is activated. Individuals may sign in, and create an Emmy® profile. Once the profile is completed, individuals may process entries or register to judge.

NOTE: Returning Entrants may log-in using information from the previous year. You may request log-in information where necessary.


To enter the contest, individuals or show contacts log in to the ©Yangaroo submission site at daytimeemmys.dmds.com and ‘build' their entries there. During the entry period, entrants may log in anytime to add, correct, update or finalize entry data and pay for entries. To encourage prompt completion of entries there will be an early entry deadline of November 21, 2017 at a reduced fee for information and payment. All entry data and video upload must be complete by or before the final deadline December 20, 2017. During the process, before and after judging, entrants may log in to view the summary, details and status of their entries.

NOTE: The purpose of the early entry deadline is also to determine if any categories are expected to contain large amounts of entries or lengthy amounts of total judging/viewing time. These categories may be subject to a preliminary round of judging.

Entry Submissions Requirements:

All entrants must submit content for each category they enter for evaluation by judges. This evaluation determines both the nominees and recipients in a single viewing round (with the exception of any necessary preliminary judging as noted above). Due to the variation of submission requirements in each category, please refer to the By-Category Submissions Guide document which provides complete detail, fees and deadlines for each category. (Every effort has been made to contain all categories' submission requirements on a single page).


What Programs Can Enter?

  • The Daytime Emmy® Awards are open to both telecast and online/digital programming. Entries must have been transmitted to the public by a television network, a cable company, satellite, the Internet, or other digital delivery medium. Digital is defined as multimedia projects that combine various forms of traditional media with social media and interactivity, as well as linear programming delivered online (over the Internet, via various mobile platforms etc.). Eligibility is limited to digital and telecast programming that was originally made available during the 2017 Calendar year.
  • Programs - Series and Specials (depending on the category), and their related craft achievements must have originally aired or been made available for viewing, downloading or streaming by more than 50% of the US national market between the dates of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00pm. For programs not previously submitted in the Daytime Emmy® Awards, you may be asked to submit coverage data demonstrating the 50% availability in the US. Documents can be uploaded directly to the ©Yangaroo online entry form.
  • Game Shows which air or are made available for viewing nationally between 2:00am and 8:00pm compete in the Daytime Emmy® Awards contest. Game Shows initially broadcast in the standard definition of Primetime (8:00pm - 11:00pm eastern / 7:00pm - 10:00pm central), must enter the Primetime Emmy® Awards contest. Game shows initially transmitted at 8PM ET on a single feed network, e.g., via the internet or some cable platforms, that reach less than half of the country at 8PM ET and more than half the country prior to 8PM ET (7PM CT + 6PM MT + 5PM PT), and therefore they qualify as national programs in the Daytime rather than the Primetime competition.
  • Entertainment News Programs which air nationally between 2:00am and 8:00pm may compete in the Daytime Emmy® Awards contest. They may also choose to enter the Primetime Emmy® Awards contest in the category of Outstanding Informational Series or Special (competing with a variety of different kinds of shows), however they may only chose one contest and the choice is "locked-in" for future years.
  • A series considered eligible for Daytime (destined for, promoted as and predominantly airing in the Daytime hours - from 2:00am to 6:00pm) may submit any episode in to the Daytime Emmy® Awards contest whether that episode premiered in Primetime or Daytime hours. An episode from the series premiering in Primetime hours may not enter the Primetime Emmy Awards unless the episode is a stand-alone primetime special.
  • All shows must contain at least 2/3 original material for the 2017 eligibility period.
  • The animation content of either a fully animated or animation and live-action program must be at least 65% new animation to qualify in an animated program category.
  • Categories with lower numbers of entries are reviewed and monitored over at least a two year period. The Awards Committee will consider eliminating the category or folding submissions into another category if it consistently receives less than four entries.

What Programs Cannot Enter?

  • Motion Picture Premiered Programs. Motion pictures originally presented in general release to the public in theaters are not eligible.
  • Home Entertainment Premiered Programs. All material originally released as either wholesale or retail video is ineligible.
  • Previously Aired Programs. A program, series or related craft, which aired and met eligibility requirement during a previous awards year is not eligible for participation.
  • Telethons. Telethons aired for the purpose of raising money for political parties are not eligible.
  • Clip Show or "Best of..." Programs. These programs are not eligible.
  • Acquired Foreign Productions. Acquired foreign productions are not eligible.

U.S.-International Productions

U.S.-International productions that feature financial and creative involvement between U.S. and international partners may be eligible for submission to the Daytime Emmy® Awards. Submissions must have had their first run in the continental United States. Any production that has aired first in any other country is not eligible. Should extenuating circumstances arise in which a U.S.-International production airs simultaneously or first outside of the U.S., just ahead of its U.S. broadcast, the Daytime Administration will review the eligibility of the submission on a case-by-case basis.

Foreign Language Entries

Entries with content containing a language other than English or Spanish, must include either an English language voiceover or English subtitles.

Spanish Language Categories

Entries for the Spanish Language categories can be submitted without subtitles or voiceover and will be judged by a panel of Spanish-language media professionals who are bilingual or Spanish proficient. Jury panels are comprised of members of NATAS and the Television Academy who are in good standing and have a credited body of work at the national level.

Eligible entries must be submitted by US-based media companies for work created originally in the US or original work created internationally for US Hispanic audiences which has its first run in the continental United States. Any production that has aired first in any other country is not eligible. In addition, eligible entries must have aired on US-based networks with a national distribution.
NOTE: Entries that have aired simultaneously in the US and internationally will be reviewed by the Daytime Emmy® Awards and International Emmy® Awards staff for eligibility and can only be submitted to one Academy for Award consideration.

Submissions must have had their first run in the continental United States. Any production that has aired first in any other country is not eligible. Should extenuating circumstances arise in which a U.S.-International production airs simultaneously or first outside of the U.S., just ahead of its U.S. broadcast, NATAS will review the eligibility of the submission. Submissions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What qualifies a program as a "Special" or "Series?"

A Special is defined as a single original program, which is not part of a series and is broadcast in one or two parts. A Series is defined as a program comprising 3 or more parts or episodes. Special Note: For Category 1 - Outstanding Drama Series category a minimum number of 35 original episodes must have aired during the calendar year. For Category 9 - Outstanding Game Show a minimum number of 15 original episodes must have aired during the calendar year.

Some categories accept a Series only. Refer to the By-Category Submission document to determine which categories allow Series and/or Specials. A "special" episode of a Daytime series may be entered separately as a stand-alone special, but only if it was not part of the regular series, or involved significant and substantive format changes such as a different program running time or different producers, writers and cast, or the content was designed with a beginning, middle and end rather than open-ended serial-style.

Who Can Enter?

Anyone can enter! NATAS/Television Academy membership is not required. Producers, designated Awards Directors, Show Contacts or individual entrant Team Members may submit entries on behalf of their program, performer, host or craft.

  • If entering multiple categories, we strongly recommend that shows designate a main contact or "entrant/show shepherd" to handle submissions and general communication with the Daytime Administration during the contest period.
  • If you are entering a Series into a team award Program or Craft category, in most cases the submission will be represented by one episode. The entrant must include all eligible team members on the entry form, even if they did not work on the submitted episode. Please refer to the By-Category Submission Guide document for by-category eligibility determination.

Can I enter in more than one category?

  1. A program may be submitted in one Program category only; however that program may be entered in as many related Performer and Craft categories as are appropriate.
  2. In most program and craft categories, only one entry per program is allowed, with the exception of Performers, Song, Promos, Musical Performance and Individual Achievement in Animation categories.
  3. Multiple performers from a particular program should enter individually, however Hosts or Co-Hosts must be entered as a single entry. In the case of single character being played by more than one person, all performers would be included on a single entry. Please refer to the By-Category Submission Guide for more detail.
  4. Individuals who work in different disciplines on a program may enter in each of the appropriate categories associated with that discipline.
  5. Individuals who work on different programs may enter their work for each program as separate entries in the same category.

When a program has the choice of category placement, the producer has the discretion to enter the program and its individual achievements in any category where it is eligible. Placement in that particular category locks in the subsequent years' placements and cannot change from year to year. The placement of a program automatically directs the placement of all related performer and craft achievements. Please refer to the By-Category Submission Guide for assistance in choosing additional and appropriate related categories.

What needs to be included on an entry form?

Submission Guidelines

Please refer to the By-Category Submission guide PDF document for individualized category requirements, fees and deadlines. The document can be found at www.emmyonline.org/daytime or by logging in to the Daytime Online system at www.daytimeemmys.tv. It is indexed and formatted so that you can find all information for a particular category on a single page. The index links to categories, and within the document, internal links help navigate back to the index. For some categories there are internal links to related categories for easier reference.

In order to help those new to Daytime, there is also a spreadsheet available which displays Program categories and their related available additional Performer and Craft categories.

Entry Information

The entrant must provide complete and accurate information when completing the entry form. Refer to the By-Category Submission document for complete category requirement. Please be sure to enter team members in the exact order. This information is displayed in official nomination and recipient documentation including press releases, invitations, print programs, and archive.
NOTE: If you are submitting on behalf of a program or achievement, when recording entrant team member in the entry form, the system defaults to your contact information, however you may replace with individualized team member contact information by directly typing over if desired. By providing individualized information, nominees and winners can receive notification and information directly regarding reception, invitations, awards ceremony and certificates. If you are supplying your contact information, you will be responsible for distributing this information to the entrant team members.

WYSIWYT - What You See Is What You Typed!

Entry information appears exactly as entered into the ©Yangaroo system - odd capitalizations, misspellings, missing credits, everything in lower case or CAPs etc. NATAS is not liable for errors in listings that are the result of incorrect information being submitted on the entry form. There is window of opportunity to make corrections following the Nomination Announcements (March 21, 2018). Keep in mind that information you type is displayed in official nomination and recipient documentation, including press releases, invitations, print program and EMMY® statue engravings. Once entries are submitted and closed for editing, you should email daytime@emmyonline.tv to send corrections. Do NOT send corrections via Facebook or other social media.

Team Awards

Important Note: The Primetime Emmy® Awards and News and Documentary Emmy® Awards often honor individual work for a specific episode or story. For the Daytime Emmy® Awards, most craft categories related to a Series are team awards. This means that a series will be represented in most cases by one episode or a clip reel, however, the entrant must include all eligible team members who worked on the series in the entry form, even if they did not work on the submitted episode. Please refer to the By-Category Submission Guide document for specific eligibility determination.

Entering Related Performer, Host or Craft Categories

When submitting categories in addition to a Series Program category the entrant may choose the same or a different episode from the program entry - one that best highlights the work done by the entrant, performer, host or craft team.

Additional Entry Information

Some categories require additional supporting documentation and reference materials for judges. This can be typed and in some cases uploaded directly to the online form. The entry form will prompt for these documents and you may refer to the By-Category Submission document for complete detail.

Program Categories - Paper Credit Crawl: A complete long paper credit crawl is required for Program categories in order to verify eligible entrant team members. This document either PDF or word doc (not video) should be uploaded to the form.

Emmy® Essay

Most categories require an Emmy® essay or précis up to 200 words explaining why you believe the program or achievement to be Emmy®- worthy. This is an opportunity to include information regarding the entry that may not be evident in viewing the submission, such as a technical descriptions or how program, performances or crafts challenges were met during the season. The essay will be included on the judge's ballot as an accompaniment to the viewing material.

NOTE: All entrants are required to reveal in writing any previously produced material submitted for Emmy® Award consideration or material which was not done by the entrant(s) themselves. This must be recorded on the online entry form in the Essay section.

Submission Video Upload

Video is uploaded directly to the ©Yangaroo system at www.daytimeemmys.tv . The ©Yangaroo homepage contains a guide to the standard and accepted media file formats for Daytime system documents and video. There is a link to download the free ASPERA plug-in required to facilitate high speed transfer of media files. Should a post production person or department need to handle the media upload process, log-in information can be shared. Video and other required files are uploaded on the Assign Files to Submissions page. Where the same video file is used for multiple categories, the file is uploaded once and assigned to the appropriate categories.

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Younger Actress and Actor Categories

Awards for Younger Actress and Younger Actor in a Drama Series recognize the work of Performers aged 25 and under at the time of the original airdate of the submitted material.
NOTE: This year, all Younger Actress and Actor entrants will NOT participate in the Drama Performer Pre-Nomination Judging round.

Entry Certification

All entrants must certify entries before submitting and paying for the entry. In doing so, he or she certifies that the entry material is submitted free of encumbrances and grants NATAS permission to use the material in conjunction with the Daytime Emmy® Awards process and ceremony, promotion and publicity surrounding the ceremony, and promotion and publicity authorized by the National Academy in all media in perpetuity.

Interactive Media Categories URL Submission Guidelines

For entries in the Interactive Media - Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series and the Interactive Media - Original Daytime Program categories, URL links should lead directly to your Emmy® submission and should remain operational for the duration of judging. If the standard link is no longer fully live at entry or judging time, please create a sandbox "demo" environment or a link to an explanatory video to demonstrate how the content functioned when it was taking place.

Individual Achievement in Animation

This category honors the work of an individual in a variety of animation disciplines. A program, network may enter multiple separate entries for individuals who work on the show. An individual may submit themselves if the program or network decide not to.

Hard copy artwork and submission video file for this category are required.
NOTE: For all other animation categories, submissions are uploaded directly into the ©Yangaroo online entry and judging system.

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