Facebook, Instagram, the Television Academy and CBS are getting all spiffed up for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Facebook Live will be front and center, with the TV Academy and CBS incorporating it into their coverage leading up to and during Emmys weekend, including the video below of host Stephen Colbert literally rolling out the red carpet.
CBS will livestream from the red carpet Sunday evening via Facebook Live, and the TV Academy will present Backstage Live! on Facebook on its page, featuring the winners backstage (including a thank-you cam) and ways to get fans involved.
Nominees including Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Huffman and Sterling K. Brown will also jump on Facebook Live during the event, and the TV Academy and CBS pages will feature exclusive backstage photos and videos.
Nominations were announced July 13, and the most-talked-about nominees on Facebook since that date have been:
- Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep
- Outstanding Drama Series: This Is Us
- Outstanding Limited Series: Big Little Lies
Facebook isn’t just livestreaming content from the Emmys: It’s also winning them. At the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, the award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program went to Facebook livestream The Oscars: All Access.
The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network is also teaming up with photographer Mark Leibowitz (@marklphoto) on an exclusive backstage Instagram Stories experience for winners, nominees and presenters, with content being posted to @televisionacad.