Realscreen Awards to honor Caitlyn Jenner

Jenner, star and executive producer of E!'s I Am Cait, will be inducted into the Realscreen Hall of Fame as Personality of the Year during the Realscreen Awards ceremony on June 9, 2016.
March 23, 2016

Caitlyn Jenner, star and executive producer of E!’s I Am Cait, will be inducted into the Realscreen Hall of Fame as Personality of the Year during the Realscreen Awards ceremony on June 9, 2016.

While she is the central focus of the Bunim/Murray-produced series, which debuted in 2015 and is now into its second season, Jenner has been in the public eye for 40 years. In 1976, Jenner represented the United States and broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Montreal, earning the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete.”

After this incredible accomplishment, Jenner was involved in many projects, spanning sports, business, publishing, film, and television. For years, she was perhaps best known for her part on E! Network’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the highest-rated series in the network’s history, documenting the daily lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family.

In April of last year, she captured the world’s attention by revealing that she is a transgender woman. She told her story on a special edition of ABC’s 20/20, in an interview with Diane Sawyer that drew a staggering 17 million total viewers – the highest rating for the show in 15 years.

Shortly after, in June of 2015, Jenner debuted her new name and look via a front cover and accompanying interview in Vanity Fair. The cover image drew nine million unique viewers to the Vanity Fair website in a single day, the most ever for the website. In the world of social media, upon establishing her Twitter account, she gained one million followers in just over four hours, a Guinness World Record.

In July of that year, she was honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2015 ESPYs. The awards show, which aired for the first time on ABC, averaged 7.7 million viewers overall, a 253% increase over past years.
Other accolades followed, with Barbara Walters naming her 2015′s “Most Fascinating Person of the Year,” Time magazine naming her as runner-up for its 2015 Person of the Year, and Out magazine naming her its Newsmaker of the Year.

In addition to her television work, Jenner is currently working on writing her memoirs with Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Friday Night Lights and Jenner’s Vanity Fair article, in a book set to publish in 2017.

“In the world of unscripted television, no other individual in 2015 captivated audiences like Caitlyn, and her story, did,” said realscreen editor and content director Barry Walsh in a statement. “With I Am Cait, she continues to inspire, educate and entertain millions, and we are thrilled to present her with this recognition of her contribution to the medium.”

The Realscreen Awards will be presented during a ceremony held at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, on June 9, in conjunction with the forthcoming Realscreen West conference, which takes place June 8-10.

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 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.