In celebration of television programming that represents the “bigger picture” of the world we live in, realscreen will present its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award at the upcoming Realscreen Summit in Washington DC.
The award, sponsored by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, is presented to honor a series, miniseries or one-off program that positively reflects diversity and inclusivity through its subject matter and casting.
Realscreen is also offering readers within the non-fiction and unscripted industry the opportunity to nominate the programming from the 2017 calendar year (January 1 – December 31) that they feel has most successfully depicted those who have previously been under-represented in unscripted and non-fiction television. Series that are several seasons deep are eligible — if the programming stems from a season that is not the debut season of the series, please specify this in your nomination.
“Unscripted and non-fiction television has been an ‘early adopter’ when it has come to reflecting the diversity of our world, but there is still much work to be done,” said realscreen editor Barry Walsh in a statement. “By shining our spotlight on programming that presents inclusive and diverse worlds to audiences, we hope that, in partnership with our sponsors for this award, we can encourage programmers and producers to create content that will allow more viewers the chance to see themselves represented through this medium.”
Readers are encouraged to send their nominations to Realscreen c/o editor Barry Walsh by November 27. If you are submitting a nomination on behalf of a program, please specify production companies, network partners, original air date of the episode, number of episodes in current season, and a link or content for viewing.
The Realscreen Summit takes place from January 28-31 in Washington DC. For more information, click here.
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