Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) tonight announced the winners of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards in a sold-out gala for over 1,000 attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
"What an exciting night for the Daytime television community," said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS.
He went on to say...
"Daytime television is well and prospering as witnessed by this overwhelming turnout honoring the best that television can be. Working with our production and broadcast partners, LocoDistro and the HLN Network, we've delivered an evening that truly honors the outstanding work that happens day in and day out across all the genres that make up the Daytime viewer experience."
HLN Showbiz Tonight host AJ Hammer and Showbiz Tonight correspondent Nischelle Turner hosted a pre-show, red carpet special featuring one-on-one interviews with the night's biggest stars. Among the night's many celebrity presenters were Anderson Cooper, "Anderson", animal expert Jack Hanna, Rachael Ray, "The Rachael Ray Show", Caroll Spinney from "Sesame Street", the cast of "The Doctors," "The Bold and the Beautiful's" John McCook, Heather Tom, Crystal Chappell and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, "General Hospital's" Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson, Finola Hughes, Sean Blakemore and Anthony Geary, "Days of Our Lives'" Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford, Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig and Peter Reckell, "One Life To Live's" Erika Slezak and Robert S. Woods, and "The Young and the Restless'" Elizabeth Hendrikson, Christel Khalil, Melissa Claire Egan and Darnell Williams.
One of the many highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Barbara Walters to Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of "The View" and the "Barbara Walters Specials." In addition, there was a wonderful tribute to the Daytime Drama community past and present featuring Susan Lucci who invited Cameron Mathison (ex Ryan, All My Chileren) and Erika Slezak (Viki, One Life to Live) to share the stage with her for the tribute).
The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2011 calendar year.
The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
A breakdown of the awards by network, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP, follows.
Off The Wall Gifts is the producer of the official Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Talent Lounge and Gift Bag. Definition 6 is the official post-production house for NATAS.
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