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BAFTA creates reality and constructed factual award

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has made changes for the 2012 British Academy Television Awards, which include a new category for reality and constructed factual.
November 8, 2011

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has made changes for the 2012 British Academy Television Awards, which include a new category for reality and constructed factual.

The new category will recognize programs where participants are placed in a constructed environment or format and filmed interacting in situations devised by producers. The decision to introduce this category was a result of BAFTA’s Television Committee recognizing  the “breadth of this type of programming over the past year.”

Andrew Newman, chairman of the BAFTA Television Committee, said: “Over the past decade reality and constructed factual programming has captured the public imagination and been hugely influential, while innovating both in content and form. The addition of this category reinforces BAFTA’s commitment to recognize excellence across all programming.”

The BAFTA Awards take place on May 27.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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