Spike Jones Jr. knows a thing or two about producing the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards — he's been doing it for 19 years, after all — but for 2013 he'll be on new (and dare we say hip?) turf. That's because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has just announced a three-year deal to broadcast the ceremony on the brand-new FXX Network.
Haven't caught a show on FXX yet? That's because the sister cable channel of FX and FXM isn't set to launch until Sept. 2. The new cable entertainment network will feature a mix of original and acquired television series and movies, and it'll be geared toward the all-important young adult demographic. Network execs are excited to add the newly inked Emmy telecast deal to their roster.
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FX Networks President Chuck Saftler said, "We are very proud that FXX will be broadcasting the Creative Arts Emmy Awards this year. It's not often enough in our business that the spotlight shines on the creative community working on camera and behind the scenes of our best and brightest television shows. It's a privilege to be part of their Emmy ceremony."
"The Creative Arts Awards and Spike Jones Jr. have become somewhat synonymous, and we couldn't be happier to have him back as the producer of this year's awards," said Television Academy consultant Alan Perris. "We also are very excited to be working with the new FXX Network to carry this year's awards as we celebrate the excellent work of the many different artists and professionals working in television."
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Jones is also happy to be on board for another season of Emmy show production, which recognizes the behind-the-scenes small-screen personnel, including casting directors, cinematographers, and costume designers. "There have been a lot of changes in TV over the 19 years that I've been privileged to produce these awards," he said. "We've gone from 'Living Single' to 'Walking Dead.'"
While Jones has been touted as having one of the most important Emmy jobs, it can also be one of the most challenging. A few years ago, he told The Wrap, "We do get a lot of calls from people asking why their speeches were cut. People don't always understand." (Thirty-second rule, kids!)
He also joked about his favorite part of the high-profile gig: "Fading to black."
In past years, ReelzChannel and E! broadcast the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.
The 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will tape live on Sept. 15 and air on FXX on Sept. 21 at 9 PM.