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Primetime Emmy Awards see change in doc, non-fiction categories

The Television Academy’s Documentary Programming Peer Group has made an alteration to the Primetime Emmy Awards Documentary and Non-fiction categories. This year, the Outstanding Directing for a Non-fiction Program has been ...
March 22, 2018

The Television Academy’s Documentary Programming Peer Group has made an alteration to the Primetime Emmy Awards Documentary and Non-fiction categories.

This year, the Outstanding Directing for a Non-fiction Program has been split into two separate Emmy Award categories: Directing for a Documentary/Non-fiction Program and Directing for a Reality Program.

Furthermore, television docs are now eligible for entry into the Emmy competition regardless of being sold on DVD prior to their telecast or streaming.

This year’s three program categories for Documentary/Non-fiction Programming are: Outstanding Documentary or Non-fiction Special; Outstanding Documentary or Non-fiction Series; and Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

A juried award will also once again be given for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking (EMIDF), which, according to a release, “honors and encourages exceptional achievement in one or more of the traditional components of documentary filmmaking, including profound social impact, significant innovation of form, and remarkable mastery of filmmaking technique.”

The deadline for submissions in the Documentary and Non-fiction categories for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards is April 27. Nominees will be announced July 12.

Complete Emmy rules and procedures for 2018 are available by visiting the Emmys website.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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