Daytime folks headed downtown to the Westin Bonaventure for the 2013 Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, hosted by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), whose headquarters is in New York.
With over 1,100 guests in attendance, the event was hosted by Teresa Ganzel and Bob Bergen. As a former NATAS member and editor-in-chief of its newsletter, TV New York, we know this is a terrific group.
Although not as known as some of the glitzier L.A. hotels, the Westin Bonaventure has a Hollywood history. Many TV shows and films were shot there including CSI, Fear Factor, Mission Impossible III, and Thor.
So why is this night different than any other awards night? They are held on a separate evening from the Daytime Emmys and are dedicated to the behind-the-scenes workers – the audio, video, lighting, hair, and makeup staffs. They had a choice to dine on chicken, fish, or vegetarian.
Presenters included: Susan Flannery and John McCook of The Bold and the Beautiful, Melissa Claire Egan and Ignacio Serricchio of The Young and the Restless, Arianne Zucker, James Reynolds and James Scott of Days of our Lives, Teresa Castillo and Marc Anthony Samuel of General Hospital, Robert Scott Wilson and Denyse Tontz of All My Children, Corbin Bleu of One Life to Live, David Rudman of Sesame Street Workshop, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Tara Perry and Thomas Hobson of Fresh Beat Band, and Christina Ferrare and Mark Steines of Home & Family. Also, presenters included Geri Jewell, Facts of Life, Mary McDonough of The Waltons, Leslie Miller, More: One Life to Live and More: All My Children, and Tippi Hedren, from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Sesame Street led the pack with six Emmys each. The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful won five each.
Now this is a pro! “Having experienced what it is like to put ones life in danger during The Birds, I was particularly honored to present an award to a member of the stunt industry,” said Tippi Hedren. “I enjoyed my time working on The Bold and the Beautiful and would love to return.”
“This is a trip down memory lane for me,” said Mary McDonough. She’s a former daytime community member with gigs on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives.
Although in the biz for many years, Leeza Gibbons was a first-time winner for AARP: My Generation. “You never get tired of being honored by your peers,” she said.
The fashionistas were out in full force that night including Geri Jewell, who has only been formal two other times in her life. She looked gorg in her gown by Ali Rahimi, jewelry by Takat, handbag by Swarovski, and shoes by Stuart Weitzman. “I’ve only worn gowns two other times and at weddings – my sister Gloria’s and former castmate, Lisa Whelchel’s.”
“It’s a wonderful night for daytime television,” said Malachy Wienges, NATAS Chairman.
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