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The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys

Emmys Red CarpetHad a blast yesterday and last night at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and held at Nokia Live in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve made it a rule in the past to not go to awards shows that I’m not nominated for something… there is no upside. But, since I’m one of the two Producers Governors for the Academy, I figured there was no way out of it, even if I wasn’t nominated. This event celebrates, for the most part, the crew and below-the-line talent involved in making TV, and as a Governor, it’s probably frowned upon if you don’t go.

So, I went with my lovely wife and we had a blast. Now, I must tell you, it’s a LONG event, with the show itself lasting a little more than four hours, with no intermission and no breaks, other than the commercial breaks. And there seems to be several hundred Emmy’s handed out (which they’re not), but it’s cool seeing all of the technical people, from make-up and hair to lighting, to camera work and everything in between (plus some acting — such as Tina Fey winning for her work as Sarah Palin — and writing and producing and directing credits, too). But you have to get dressed at noon or 1p, leave for the Nokia by 2p, arrive in your seat by 3p, sit through the show until 7p, then head over to the Governors’ Ball (across the street in the Convention Center), where you have to eat and drink, mingle and schmooze, for another four hours. Work, work, work!

I bumped into and chatted with Matthew Weiner (creator of “Mad Men”); Jack McBrayer (‘Kenneth’ from “30 Rock”); lots of my fellow Governors; an executive at A&E who likes one of my pitches; many, many people I’ve worked with over the years; and many nominees and winners of the Emmys. Too numerous to list them all! Spent a good part of the night talking with the winning Director of Photography from “Californication”, whom I had recently met, and his lovely wife.

I had a great time. I might even have to rethink that whole “no attending awards shows unless I’m nominated” thing…

And next week? Monday night I and my fellow Producer Governor host (along with the Academy, of course), a party for the nominees for all of the producers of the shows that are up for Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Movie and Best Miniseries. Then Tuesday, I attend the premiere/party for Season 7 of my show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, at Paramount. Wednesday night, I attend the nominees party for the writers up for Emmys, then Thursday, another reception for the Performers up for Emmys. After that, it’s the Primetime Emmys on Sunday (plus the Governors Ball, and the HBO Emmys Party)… and then… I need a vacation!

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