Second Annual “Critics Choice Real TV Awards” Set for June 2020

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural “Critics Choice Real TV Awards,” The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT will be moving forward with a second annual show. Honoring achievements in unscripted, documentary series, and reality television, the “Real TV Awards” will take place June 7th, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

“The response to our inaugural awards show last year was bigger and more exciting than even we imagined, and that’s a testament to both the power of nonfiction and reality, and the sense of community that exists among the people who create it,” said Critics Choice Association CEO and Executive Producer Joey Berlin. “We’re thrilled once again to illuminate the art and complexity of this dynamic programming with a meaningful awards show driven and supported by the industry’s most respected critics.”

NPACT Executive Producer and Interim General Manager Michelle Van Kempen added that, “One of NPACT’s unique attributes is in bringing marketplace competitors together as colleagues – supportive of one another and the diverse range of content that makes up the world of nonfiction production. We are delighted to be partnering again with Joey, Bob [Bain] (Executive Producer) and the Critics Choice Association to elevate our members’ work and to celebrate their creative accomplishments.”

Eligible shows will have premiered at least six episodes between June 1st, 2019 and May 31st, 2020 to at least fifty percent of the total potential U.S. television market. 

The CCA 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 at the “Critics Choice Real TV Awards.”

Nonfiction and reality television has never been given the proper recognition that scripted series’ has and in fact makes up the majority of the film/television industry’s production jobs. Not all unscripted content is “Keeping Up with the Karsdashians,” and there are talented storytellers who deserve to be celebrated.