As if the Daytime Emmys failing to get a television deal wasn't embarrassing enough, Slate PR, the firm hired by the show's producers for their streaming event, is denying top soap bloggers red carpet access.
After last year's debacle, where Daytime Confidential, Buzzworthy Radio and several other diehard, online soap hubs, were initially denied access to the red carpet and/or press room—only to later be allowed after massive industry outcry—I decided I wouldn't be going back. However, I had planned to have veteran soap opera writer-turned-journalist Sara Bibel, herself a Daytime Emmy winner, cover the event for us.
Today, Bibel and Na'Vell J. Lee of Buzzworthy Radio were denied access. Below is the form letter I received from Slate PR:
Dear Member of the Media,
Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, we regret that we are unable to provide you with a credential to the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 22nd. We are profoundly sorry for this inconvenience.
If we can provide you with images, footage and/or information after the event to help with your reporting please let us know and we will make sure you receive those materials.
Thank you for your interest in this event, and we will do our best to accommodate you in the future. If you have any other questions, please call Andy Gelb or Elyse Weissman at *** *** *****.
The Slate PR Team
Wow. They didn't even have the Macro insert the outlets' respective names. Classy.
Meanwhile, I hear Vine and You Tube stars, who have absolutely no connection to daytime television, will be doing a live red carpet show, and filling many of the spots usually reserved for the actual online daytime television press.
I guess my question is, if the Daytime Emmys don't give a shit about the online soap press—and obviously they don't—why should we give a shit about the telecast, er webcast?
We support Daytime TV year-round, and will continue to do so, but there's nothing saying we have to create so much as one more blog post generating buzz for an event that doesn't even take the time to have their PR flacks actually learn who covers the genre.