Since 1949, the Emmy has represented the pinnacle of prime-time television excellence in the United States of America. The Emmy® Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media. The Emmy® Awards are administered by three sister organizations who focus on various sectors of television and broadband programming: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (primetime) National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary) International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international) The awards are a symbol of peer recognition from over 15,000 Academy members.
The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. The name "Emmy" was a feminization of "immy", a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras.
Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy in the first awards ceremony. The Emmy Awards trophies are currently made by a private company with a manufacturing site at the maximum security El Dorado Correctional Facility, in El Dorado, Kansas.
The statuette of a winged woman holding an atom has since become the symbol of the TV Academies' goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science.
How The Phil Silvers Show fared at the Emmy Awards:
1956 Won: Best Comedy Series Won: Best Director - Film Series Nat Hiken Won: Best Comedy Writing - Nat Hiken, Arnold Auerbach, Barry Blitser, Vincent Bogert, Coleman Jacoby, Harvey Orkin, Arnold Rosen, Terry Ryan, Tony Webster Won: Best Actor - Continuing Performance - Phil Silvers Nominated: Emmy Best Producer - Film Series Nat Hiken
1957 Won: Best Series - Half Hour or Less Won: Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation Comedy - Nat Hiken, Billy Friedberg, Coleman Jacoby, Arnold Rosen, Leonard Stern, Tony Webster Nominated: Best Supporting Performance by an Actor - Paul Ford Nominated: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series - Phil Silvers
1958 Won: Best Comedy Series Won: Best Comedy Writing - Nat Hiken, Billy Friedberg, Coleman Jacoby, Arnold Rosen, A.J. Russell, Terry Ryan, Phil Sharp, Tony Webster, Sidney Zelinka Nominated: Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy Series - Paul Ford
1959 Nominated: Best Comedy Series Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Paul Ford Nominated: Best Writing of a Single Program of a Comedy Series - Billy Friedberg, Arnie Rosen, Coleman Jaacoby - for the show called Bilko's Vampire. Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Maurice Gosfield Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Phil Silvers
In the US it's the Emmys. In the UK it's the BAFTAs, in Australia it's the Logies. The TV Week Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. Renamed by Graham Kennedy in 1960 after he won the first Star Of The Year award, the name 'Logie' awards honours John Logie Baird, a Scotsman who invented the television as a practical medium.
How The Phil Silvers Show fared at the Logie Awards:
1960 Won: ABC: Best Program
1955 Sylvania Award: Best Comedy Series on TV
Phil flashes a big grin as he accepts the 1955 Sylvania Television Award for Best Comedy Show on the small screen. Presenting the award was Chairman of the Committee of Judges, Deems Taylor. Phil then went into an ad-lib thank-you talk that sounded like dialogue from his show. Including a remark about refusing to be too humble, "because, if I did, I'd lose my job---that's the kind of character Sergeant Bilko is."
According to the ever clued-up, BPSAS, The Phil Silvers Show also scooped the following accolades:
National Film & TV Council: Outstanding contributions to the TV Film Industry
Radio TV Daily: Phil Silvers TV Man of the Year (voted by 450 television editors)
TV Today/Motion Picture Daily: Phil Silvers: Best TV Performer (voted by over 7,000 newspaper and magaine writers)
Lindy's Long Table. Previously the sole domain of Milton Berle and his entourage, presided over by Phil, Nat and their pals!