Member Benefits

Membership Benefits

  • Professional Membership — Improve your professional status by joining one of the nation’s most recognized professional organizations. Not only will you benefit from the prestige of the TV Academy, you will receive enhanced credibility, opportunities to participate in educational and networking events, and experience for your resume.
  • Two FREE passes for many preview screenings of major motion pictures – These screenings include Oscar-nominated films, plus invitations to events where talent and directors are present. Films shown in 2017-2019 films included: The Upside; They Shall Not Grow Old; Mary, Queen of Scots; Final Act; Crazy Rich Asians; Instant Family; Boy Erased; The Wife; A Private War; Operation Finale; Transylvania Hotel 3, Solo, Deadpool 2, Tully, Vida, The Leisure Seeker, Crazy Rich Asians, Damsel, Wonder, LBJ, The Kingsman, Dunkirk, Victoria & Abdul, Captain Underpants, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Boss Baby, 20th Century Women, and The Hollars (with a Q&A with Actor John Krasinski). Have you received a movie notice recently? If not, our emails may be going into a spam folder. Please check! Actors and directors from the films are often present to answer questions after the screenings.
  • Emmy Awards – The Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. As a member, you receive a discount on Emmy entry fees, and a chance to recognize your personal excellence by entering your best work. You’ll also have a chance to evaluate your peer’s work from around the nation. Both program and craft offerings are screened to determine nominations for regional Emmy Awards. An opportunity to discover television techniques from other regions!
  • Silver Circle Awards Program – Each year, the TV Academy recognizes outstanding individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to Chicago/Midwest region. A Wisconsin Silver Circle event is also held in the fall. Members receive a discount to attend these events.
  • Invitations to Workshops/Seminars – Learn about new techniques from your colleagues. Free workshops include the annual Career Day where members talk with leaders in the TV field about job availability and qualifications. In the past, workshops have included a Media Archiving workshop, a Newsroom Ethics panel, and a seminar entitled, Make Chicago Your Film Set. Career Day will be held this spring on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Columbia College Chicago. Have an idea for a workshop? Let us know.
  • Scholarships – Our Chapter awards up to 7 scholarships valued from $1,000 to $5,000 each year.  Our Chapter’s scholarship program has distributed more than $470,000 to students since the mid-1990s.  We are one of the strongest chapters in the nation in regard to funds distributed.
  • Discounts with the non-profit Media Burn: First two hours free of media transfer (with a minimum 5 hours) and a 10 percent discount on services. Media Burn is a boutique footage transfer service.
  • Networking Opportunities – Attend our annual Emmy nominations party and other social gatherings to meet members from all areas of the television industry.
  • Access to post “job listings” and “jobs wanted” on the TV Academy Job Bank. Job Bank is a comprehensive job listing service sponsored by the National Academy, the Chicago/Midwest Chapter, and 19 other chapters nationwide. It’s the largest and fastest growing of all the television industry related job banks. With over 13,000 members, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the single largest television professional association in the world.
  • Exclusive Invitations to Industry Professional Lectures – Listen to industry legends tell their stories at private luncheons not open to the public.  Luncheons speakers include: Andy Cohen, Norman Lear, Hank Paulson, Jeremy Roenick, Tom Brokaw, Tim Gunn, Cokie Roberts, Jane Pauley, Phil Jackson, Ken Burns, Jim Lehrer, Scott Simon, Mario Batali, Angelica Huston, Herbie Hancock, Marlo Thomas, and Susan Lucci.