Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
Awarded forOutstanding Drama Series Directing Team
CountryUnited States
Presented by
First awarded1974
Currently held byDays of Our Lives
(2018)
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The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It was first awarded at the 1st Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, held in 1974 when the award was originally called Outstanding Individual Director for a Drama Series. Therefore, between 1974 and 1978; the award only honored individual directors.[1][2] In 1979, the award was renamed Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series before using its current title years later.[3] Since then, the award has honored the performances of the entire directing team participating in a form of a daytime drama.[1] The awards ceremony was not aired on television in 1983 and 1984, having been criticized for lack of integrity.[4][5] The Emmy was named after an "Immy," an affectionate term used to refer to the image orthicon camera tube.[6] The statuette was designed by Louis McManus, who modeled the award after his wife, Dorothy.[3] The Emmy statuette is fifteen inches tall from base to tip, weighs five pounds and is composed of iron, pewter, zinc and gold.[3]

Richard Dunlap has received the most wins for his direction on The Young and the Restless, with a total of two. The soap opera holds the record for the most awards, winning on thirteen occasions (including Dunlap's wins), also The Bold and the Beautiful tied in 2011 with the soap, which was the first tie in this category. The Young and the Restless has also received the most nominations, with a total of twenty-six. CBS has been the network the most successful, with a total of nineteen wins. As of the 2016 ceremony, General Hospital is the most recent recipient of the award.

Winners and nominees

Listed below are the winners of the award for each year, as well as the other nominees.

Table key
double-dagger Indicates the winner

Outstanding Individual Director for a Drama Series

Year Director(s) Program Network Ref
1974
(1st)
Wes KenneyAward winner Days of Our Lives NBC
[2]
Norman Hall The Doctors
NBC
Hugh McPhillips The Doctors
NBC
1975
(2nd)
Richard DunlapAward winner The Young and the Restless CBS
[7]
Joseph Behar Days of Our Lives
NBC
Ira Cirker Another World
NBC
1976
(3rd)
David Pressman Award winner One Life to Live ABC
[8]
Hugh McPhillips The Doctors
NBC
Richard Dunlap The Young and the Restless CBS
1977
(4th)
Lela SwiftAward winner Ryan's Hope
NBC
[9]
Joseph Behar Days of Our Lives
NBC
Ira Cirker Another World
NBC
Paul E. Davis and Leonard Valenta As the World Turns
CBS
Al Rabin Days of Our Lives
NBC
John Sedwick The Edge of Night
ABC
1978
(4th)
Richard DunlapAward winner The Young and the Restless CBS
[10]
Ira Cirker Another World
NBC
Robert Myhrum Love of Life
CBS
Al Rabin Days of Our Lives
NBC
Lela Swift Ryan's Hope
NBC
Richard T. McCue As the World Turns
CBS

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team

1979-1989

Year Program Network Ref
1979
(6th)
Ryan's HopeAward winner
ABC
[6]
All My Children
ABC
Another World
NBC
Days of Our Lives
NBC
The Edge of Night
ABC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1980
(7th)
Ryan's HopeAward winner
ABC
[11]
All My Children
ABC
Another World
NBC
The Edge of Night
ABC
General Hospital
ABC
Love of Life
CBS
1981
(8th)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[12]
All My Children
ABC
One Life to Live
ABC
1982
(9th)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[1]
All My Children
ABC
The Edge of Night
ABC
One Life to Live
ABC
1983
(10th)
One Life to LiveAward winner
ABC
[1]
All My Children
ABC
General Hospital
ABC
1984
(11th)
One Life to LiveAward winner
ABC
[1]
All My Children
ABC
1985
(12th)
Guiding Light Award winner
CBS
[1]
As the World Turns
CBS
Days of Our Lives
NBC
All My Children
ABC
One Life to Live
ABC
1986
(13th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[1]
As the World Turns
CBS
Days of Our Lives
NBC
Guiding Light
CBS
One Life to Live
ABC
1987
(14th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[1]
All My Children
ABC
As the World Turns
CBS
Days of Our Lives
NBC
1988
(15th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[1]
As the World Turns
CBS
Days of Our Lives
NBC
One Life to Live
ABC
Superior Court
syndicated
1989
(16th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[1]
As the World Turns
CBS
Family Medical Center
syndicated
Loving
ABC
One Life to Live
ABC

1990s

Year Program Network Ref
1990
(17th)
Santa BarbaraAward winner
NBC
[1]
All My Children
ABC
As the World Turns
CBS
Guiding Light
CBS
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1991
(18th)
Santa BarbaraAward winner
NBC
[13]
All My Children
ABC
Guiding Light
CBS
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1992
(19th)
Another WorldAward winner
NBC
[14]
As the World Turns
CBS
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1993
(20th)
As the World TurnsAward winner
CBS
[15]
All My Children
ABC
Another World
NBC
Days of Our Lives
NBC
Guiding Light
CBS
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1994
(21st)
Guiding LightAward winner
CBS
[16]
All My Children
ABC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1995
(22nd)
All My ChildrenAward winner
ABC
[17]
Another World
NBC
As the World Turns
CBS
One Life to Live
ABC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
1996
(23rd)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[18]
All My Children
ABC
Days of Our Lives
NBC
General Hospital
ABC
1997
(24th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[19]
All My Children
ABC
Days of Our Lives
NBC
General Hospital
ABC
1998
(25th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[20]
All My Children
ABC
[21]
Days of Our Lives
NBC
General Hospital
ABC
1999
(26th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[22]
All My Children
ABC
Days of Our Lives
NBC
General Hospital
ABC
Sunset Beach
NBC

2000s

Year Program Network Ref
2000
(27th)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[23]
All My Children
ABC
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
Sunset Beach
NBC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2001
(28th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[24]
All My Children
ABC
As the World Turns
CBS
General Hospital
ABC
Passions
NBC
2002
(29th)
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
[25]
All My Children
ABC
As the World Turns
CBS
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
2003
(30th)
All My ChildrenAward winner
ABC
[26]
As the World Turns
CBS
Days of Our Lives
NBC
Passions
NBC
2004
(31st)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[27]
One Life to Live
ABC
[28]
Passions
NBC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2005
(32nd)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[29]
All My Children
ABC
Guiding Light
CBS
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2006
(33rd)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[30]
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
[31]
Days of Our Lives
NBC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2007
(34th)
As the World TurnsAward winner
CBS
[32]
General Hospital
ABC
Guiding Light
CBS
One Life to Live
ABC
2008
(35th)
One Life to LiveAward winner
ABC
[33]
All My Children
ABC
[34]
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
General Hospital
ABC
2009
(36th)
One Life to LiveAward winner
ABC
[35]
All My Children
ABC
[36]
Days of Our Lives
NBC

2010s

Year Program Network Ref
2010
(37th)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[37]
All My Children
ABC
[38]
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
One Life to Live
ABC
2011
(38th)
The Bold and the BeautifulAward winner
CBS
[39]
The Young and the RestlessAward winner
CBS
General Hospital
ABC
[40]
One Life to Live
ABC
2012
(39th)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[41]
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
[42]
One Life to Live
ABC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2013
(40th)
The Bold and the BeautifulAward winner
CBS
[43]
Days of Our Lives
NBC
[44]
General Hospital
ABC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2014
(41st)
One Life to Live[a]double-dagger
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[45]
The Bold and the Beautiful[b]
CBS
[46]
The Young and the Restless[c]
CBS
2015
(42nd)
The Bold and the Beautiful[d]double-dagger
CBS
[47]
Days of Our Lives[e]
NBC
[48]
General Hospital[f]
ABC
The Young and the Restless[g]
CBS
2016
(43rd)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[49]
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
[50]
Days of Our Lives
NBC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
2017
(44th)
General HospitalAward winner
ABC
[51]
The Bold and the Beautiful
CBS
[52]
Days of Our Lives
NBC
The Young and the Restless
CBS
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