Read the press release down below:
(May 12, 2020) – LOS ANGELES – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT announced today that the “Critics Choice Real TV Awards” winners will be celebrated via a special release on Monday, June 29. Twenty-five winners will be revealed, including two fan-voted awards, two peer-voted awards, and the Impact Award (awarded last year to Leah Remini for her groundbreaking series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath).
The deadline to submit for the awards is Friday, May 15 through the Real TV Awards website. The nominees will be announced in a press release on Monday, June 8.
“As we continue to settle into our new normal, we are turning to television for information, inspiration and, most of all, entertainment,” said CCA TV Branch President Ed Martin. “Ratings continue to rise, schedules continue to shift, and sports continue to be missed, but the one thing that remains the same is the popularity of unscripted programming in all of its forms, from documentary to competition to lifestyle and more. We are honored to celebrate the best in those categories for a second consecutive year.”
Added Michelle Van Kempen, NPACT Interim General Manager, “While it is, no doubt, a tumultuous time, it’s been a pleasure to see the nonfiction production community come together, support and celebrate one another in all the ways social distancing allows. NPACT remains committed to shining a light on the immense quality and diversity of unscripted content and the talent, creativity and ingenuity of the people who make it.”
Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as Executive Producers. Michelle Van Kempen is Executive Producer for NPACT.
The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were conceived last year when the CCA (then known as the Broadcast Television Journalists Association) and NPACT joined forces to create a large-scale awards platform dedicated to giving the robust, ever-evolving unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.
Shows are eligible for nomination if at least six (6) episodes premiered between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television market.
The Critics Choice Association will monitor all awards submissions and select the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming will determine the nominees. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership and announced to the world on June 29.
About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)
The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was organized last year with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.
NPACT, the trade association for non-fiction production companies doing business in the U.S., includes 100+ member companies comprised of production companies of all sizes, as well as allied services companies. Collectively, NPACT members produce the majority of all nonfiction content for U.S. broadcast, cable television and streaming platforms. NPACT serves as the voice for the non-fiction creative community, providing a forum for producers as they tackle challenges and business issues in this age of media disruption. Visit www.npact.org for more information.