Central Great Lakes Chapter Announces Partnership with the Colts to host Awards Gala


INDIANAPOLIS – After two years of virtual awards shows, the newly-renamed Central Great Lakes chapter of NATAS is excited to announce that its 53rd annual Regional Emmy® Awards will be held on June 25, 2022 at Gridiron Hall in the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, headquarters of the Indianapolis Colts, the official sponsor for next year’s gala.

The recently-renovated banquet hall is directly adjacent and connected to the Colts’ indoor practice field at the team’s headquarters and practice facility, providing an exciting football-themed backdrop for the annual awards show honoring the best and brightest in the television industry across our region.

“We’re extremely honored to partner with the Colts and invite our nominees out to Indy,” said Central Great Lakes chapter president Dan Spehler. “Outside of a few small watch parties, we haven’t been able to gather in person these last two years, and we can’t wait to celebrate the occasion in style with everyone again in June.”

The Central Great Lakes chapter would also like to recognize Tabatha Starcher, director of brand engagement and business development for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who was instrumental in forming this new partnership with the Colts.

“The NFL and its franchises submit amazing work both on the national and regional to the Emmys® every year,” said Starcher. “It’s exciting to be partnering with the Indianapolis Colts and we look forward to working with them in delivering a great ceremony as we celebrate our return to ‘in-person’ events in 2022.”

“The Great Lakes Chapter is excited about bringing the awards gala to Indy for the 4th time,” said CGL executive director Bob Hammer. “Since annexing most of Indiana to the then ‘Cleveland Chapter’ in 1988, we have seen tremendous response from the television professionals in the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and West Lafayette markets.  We are adding new categories to include streaming and internet video, which opens new areas for Emmy® recognition.”

The call for entries for next year’s awards will go out on Dec. 1st, with entries being accepted through the end of January at the chapter’s website (GreatLakesEmmys.tv) and via EmmyExpress.

More specifics about the gala will be announced in the coming weeks and months, including the safety guidelines for next year’s gala, in accordance with state and local protocols, along with potential remote participation options for those who cannot attend the event in person.

Gridiron Hall is located within the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, along W. 56th street near I-465 on the northwest side of Indianapolis.