ⓘ 1st Primetime Emmy Awards


ⓘ 1st Primetime Emmy Awards

The 1st Emmy Awards, retroactively known as the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards after the debut of the counterpart Daytime Emmy Awards, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 25, 1949. Only shows produced in Los Angeles County, California and aired in the Los Angeles media market were eligible to win. The awards were hosted by Walter OKeefe who substituted for Rudy Vallee when he had to leave town at the last minute. A special award category was introduced and awarded to Louis McManus for designing the actual Emmy Award statuette.


1. Winners and nominees

Special Award

  • Louis McManus – for designing the Emmy Award statuette.

McManus was presented with a plaque as an award instead of a copy of the very statue which he was being honored for.

Technical Award

  • Charles Mesak of Don Lee Television for the introduction of TV camera technology Phasefader