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Catalog Number 2014.028.001
Description 1956 Emmy awarded to Ampex Corporation of Redwood City for introducing the first practical videotape recorder for television stations and networks to produce and time-shift broadcasts, replacing impractical "Kinescope" movie film previously used to record TV. The Emmy-award-winning Ampex "VTR" analog-video standard ruled broadcasting and video production worldwide for twenty years. Award consists of a winged woman holding an atom atop a round, bulbous, silver-colored, gridded base with gold flat outer trim on which the words "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES" are embossed. Outer vertical lip of top section is silver in color and rests above a band of black-colored metal inscribed with, "AMPEX CORPORATION / Outstanding Technical Achievement / DEVELOPMENT OF VIDEO TAPE RECORDER / 1956." Band rests on a round beveled two-step base that it is gold in color. Unfinished aluminum bottom is covered with black colored felt cloth.
Object Name Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title The National Academy of Television Arts and Science 1956 Emmy Award to Ampex Corporation
Date 1956
Creator National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Role Producer
Inscription Text "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES" (embossed around out edge of base top); "AMPEX CORPORATION / Outstanding Technical Achievement / DEVELOPMENT OF VIDEO TAPE RECORDER / 1956" (inscribed into front of black metal band that encircles base)
Provenance Awarded to Ampex Corporation of Redwood City for introducing the first practical videotape recorder (VR1000) for television stations and networks to produce and time-shift broadcasts, replacing impractical "Kinescope" movie film previously used to record TV
Notes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Award] "An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).[1][2]
"Because Emmy Awards are given in various sectors of the American television industry, they are presented in different annual ceremonies held throughout the year. The two events that receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmys and the Daytime Emmys, which recognize outstanding work in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively. Other notable Emmy Award ceremonies are those honoring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, national business and financial reporting, and technological and engineering achievements in television. Regional Emmy Awards are also presented throughout the country at various times through the year, recognizing excellence in local and statewide television. In addition, International Emmys are awarded for excellence in TV programming produced and initially aired outside the United States.
"Three related but separate organizations present the Emmy Awards: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS) .[3] Each is responsible for administering a particular set of Emmy ceremonies.[4]
"...The Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) established the Emmy Award as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity.[4] The first Emmy Awards ceremony were presented on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club, but solely to honor shows produced and aired locally in the Los Angeles area. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy, for Most Outstanding Television Personality, during that first awards ceremony.[4]
"In the 1950s, the ATAS expanded the Emmys into a national event, presenting the awards to shows broadcast nationwide. In 1955, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) was formed in New York as a sister organization to serve members on the East Coast, and help to also supervise the Emmys. The NATAS also established regional chapters throughout the United States, with each one developing their own local Emmy awards show for local programming.[4] The ATAS still however maintained its separate regional ceremony honoring local programming in the Los Angeles Area.[5]"
Dimensions H-15.25 W-7.5 D-7.5 inches
Search Terms Ampex
Ampex Corporation
Awards
Recorders
Redwood City
Tape
Subjects Awards
Ceremonial objects
Recorders
Television broadcasting
Television production & direction