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NPACT, Broadcast Television Journalists Assoc. team for awards initiative

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is teaming with unscripted production trade organization NPACT for an awards show initiative that will recognize non-fiction and unscripted television content and those behind ...
November 16, 2018

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is teaming with unscripted production trade organization NPACT for an awards show initiative that will recognize non-fiction and unscripted television content and those behind it.

Dubbed the Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards, the awards show will be adapted from, and will replace, the NPACT Impact Awards, which made its debut last June.

The ceremony is slated for June 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will executive produce.

The show will honor programming from broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, as well as executives through awards highlighting career and lifetime achievements. Award categories will be announced in January.

The BJTA will monitor awards submissions and select the nominees in competitive categories, while NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A call for submissions in competitive categories as well as submission details will be issued early in 2019, with nominees to be announced in May.

“The community of creative entrepreneurs that inspired NPACT drives our industry to expand its influence,” said NPACT general manager John Ford (pictured) in a statement. “As the producers of this compelling content across myriad genres, we are honored to work with BTJA to launch this robust awards program.”

“The industry has matured over the last two decades, and non-fiction and reality have never been more relevant,” added Berlin, regarding the “night of celebration” planned for June.

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Both organizations are behind the annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which honor film and scripted television. The new awards initiative will spin off the reality TV categories that were part of the original awards show.

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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