Shortlist announced for 2011 Factual Entertainment Awards

After much deliberation, the judges have spoken, and the shortlist has been chosen for realscreen's second annual Factual Entertainment Awards.
April 11, 2011

After much deliberation, the judges have spoken, and the shortlist has been chosen for realscreen‘s second annual Factual Entertainment Awards.

The Factual Entertainment Awards will be held in Santa Monica, CA at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on June 1, as part of realscreen‘s Factual Entertainment Forum. The event pays tribute to factual entertainment excellence from around the world.

After receiving hundreds of entries from around the world, our first round of judges (many of whom can be seen here) have whittled down the choices to the 38 programs in 12 categories. We’d like to offer a huge round of thanks to our judges who have taken considerable time to watch the entries and provide us with their expertise.

The second round of judging is underway, in which winners in each category will be decided, to be announced at the event on June 1. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the Factual Entertainment Awards.


Competition – Game

Top Shot (Produced by Pilgrim Films & Television; Aired on HISTORY)
Cash Cab (Produced by Lion Television Inc; Aired on Discovery Channel)
The Amazing Race (Produced by WorldRace Productions Inc.; Aired on CBS)

Competition – Lifestyle (competition shows based on lifestyle topics such as design, food and food preparation, house & home, etc.)
Dinner Party Wars (Produced by Cineflix(DPW) Inc.; Aired on Food Network Canada)
CheF* OFF (Produced by Planetworks Inc.; Aired on Food Network Canada)
Cake Boss: Next Great Baker (Produced by High Noon Entertainment; Aired on TLC)

Competition – Talent/ Studio-Based
Battle of the Blades (Produced by Insight Productions; Aired on CBC)

Lifestyle- Design (fashion-oriented programming)
Say Yes to the Dress (Produced by Half Yard Productions; Aired on TLC)
How to Look Good Naked Canada (Produced by Insight Production Company; Aired on W Network Canada)

Lifestyle – Food
Ace of Cakes (Produced by Authentic Entertainment; Aired on Food Network)
Cake Boss (Produced by High Noon Entertainment; Aired on TLC)
Best Thing I Ever Ate (Produced by Authentic Entertainment, Aired on Food Network)

Lifestyle – Home (renovation, personal finances, etc)
The Vanilla Ice Project (Produced by Departure Films; Aired on DIY Network)
Princess (Produced by Frantic Films & Sweet Girl Productions; Aired on Slice Canada)
Property Virgins (Produced by Cineflix (Property 6) Inc.; Aired on HGTV U.S.)

Non-fiction – Best one off or special
Wartorn 1861-2010 (Produced by Attaboy Films in association with HBO Documentary Films; Aired on HBO)
Deadliest Catch (Produced by Original Productions; Aired on Discovery Channel)
Bipolar Mysteries: Families in Crisis (Produced by LMNO Productions; Aired on Discovery Health)
Real Face of Jesus?(Produced by Left Right Inc.; Aired on HISTORY)

Non-fiction – With Recreations
The Will: Family Secrets Revealed (Produced by CMJ Productions; Aired on Investigation Discovery)
America: The Story of Us (Produced by Nutopia; Aired on HISTORY)
Fatal Attractions (Produced by Oxford Scientific Films; Aired on Animal Planet)

Non-fiction – Without Recreations/Current
An Idiot Abroad (Produced by Mentorn Media; Aired on Sky)
Who Do You Think You Are? (Produced by Shed Media US, Wall to Wall and Is or Isn’t Entertainment; Aired on NBC)
Welcome to Lagos (Produced by KEO Films; Aired on BBC2)
Whale Wars (Produced by Lizard Trading Company; Aired on Animal Planet)

Reality – Docuformat
The World’s Strictest Parents (Produced by Twenty Twenty Television;  Aired on BBC3)
The Young Ones (Produced by Wall to Wall; Aired on BBC 1)
Mi Perro ideal / My Ideal Dog (Produced by Havas Sports S.A.; Aired on Animal Planet (Latin America) Discovery Familia (US Hispanic))

Reality – Docureality
Deadliest Catch (Produced by Original Productions; Aired on Discovery Channel)
Gold Rush: Alaska (Produced by Raw Television; Aired on Discovery Channel)
Intervention (Produced by GRB Entertainment; Aired on A&E)
Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads (Produced by Original Productions; Aired on HISTORY)

Reality – Docusoap
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (Produced by ThinkFactory Media & The Gene Simmons Company; Aired on A&E)
Sarah Palin’s Alaska (Produced by Mark Burnett Productions; Aired on TLC)
The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Produced by World of Wonder; Aired on Planet Green)
Sister Wives (Produced by Figure 8 Films; Aired on TLC)

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.