The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was founded in 1957, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter was chartered in 1981. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News, Sports, Programming, Public Service and Technology.
The National Television Academy is composed of a national office headquartered in New York City and twenty Chapters in cities across America, making the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences the single largest television industry professional organization in the world. The Chapters elect members to the Board of Trustees, the Academy's policy making body.