The Broadcast Television Journalists Association and NPACT, a trade organization for producers of nonfiction entertainment content, announced Friday they are teaming to spin off the Critics’ Choice Awards “reality show” categories to create a stand-alone awards show dedicated to nonfiction, unscripted and reality television content.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association and is made up of TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis.
“The time has come for the best nonfiction, unscripted and reality television programming to have its own, large-scale awards show, which recognizes the fact that superlative creative work is being done in this area,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin, who will serve as executive producer of the new awards show. “The industry has matured over the last two decades, and nonfiction and reality have never been more relevant. They deserve their own night of celebration.”
The inaugural Critics Choice Real TV Awards, to be held June 2 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, will recognize “excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Adapted from and replacing the first NPACT Impact Awards held earlier this year, the new event also will recognize leaders in the industry with awards highlighting careers and honoring lifetime achievements,” according to a jointly issued statement.
Categories and submission details will be announced in January. A nominating committee made up of BTJA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality TV will determine the nominees, who will be announced in early May. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the BTJA membership.