Because “Squid Game” was produced under the guidance of Netflix, an American company, and was always intended to be distributed in the US, it could be entered into the Primetime Emmy race.
New Delhi: Korean-language survival drama “Squid Game,” which has quickly become one of the most-watched Netflix series of all time, deserves Primetime Emmy consideration.
The Television Academy confirmed to Variety that because “Squid Game” was produced under the guidance of Netflix, an American company, and was always intended to be distributed in the US, it could be entered into the Primetime Emmy race. . But since “Squid Game” was produced internationally, it also qualified to enter the International Emmy.
It has to choose and cannot enter, as both the Los Angeles-based TV Academy and the New York-based International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences both have rules preventing Emmy double-dipping.
Here’s the specific rule from TV Academy: “Foreign television production is ineligible unless it is the result of co-production (both financial and creative) between US and foreign partners, which occurs prior to the start of production, and shall be shown on US television with a purpose to produce any production produced in the US or outside the US as a co-production between the US and foreign partners, in a language that is sufficient (i.e. 50 percent or more) English shall have the discretion to enter the production and its individual achievements in any category where they are eligible in the Primetime Emmy Awards Competition or in the Awards Contest.
International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, but not both.”
Fans are already discussing that maybe “Squid Game” could be TV’s version of “Parasite” — another unexpected break from Korea that used violence to tell a story about class divisions — which won the Oscars. Broke new ground. In 2020, ‘Parasite’ became the first non-English film to receive the Best Picture Academy Award.
There’s also the issue of content – “Squid Game” is hyperbolic, and although TV Academy voters have become more open to the genre (“Game of Thrones”, “Lovecraft Country”, “Watchmen”), it is still rare.
Netflix may test Amy Waters by entering the winter awards season race in “Squid Game” for the first time where it deserves. This includes the SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and other Guild Awards, depending on eligibility.
TV is becoming increasingly global, and the expansion of US-owned streamers around the world and into local non-English production – like “Squid Game” – is going to make things more complicated for the Television Academy.
First published:October 8, 2021, 4:44 pm