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Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards to return in June

The Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards is set to return this summer to honor the non-fiction and reality television industries. The second annual event, presented by non-fiction entertainment trade organization NPACT ...
February 13, 2020

The Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards is set to return this summer to honor the non-fiction and reality television industries.

The second annual event, presented by non-fiction entertainment trade organization NPACT and the Critics’ Choice Association (CCA), looks to celebrate the creators behind the best unscripted, docuseries, and reality content that broadcast, cable and streaming platforms have to offer.

Submissions open next Wednesday (Feb. 19) and close on April 13. Eligible programs must have had at least six episodes premiere between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television market.

The full slate of nominations will be announced on May 4, with the second annual Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards taking place on June 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as executive producers for the 2020 Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards alongside NPACT’s Michelle Van Kempen.

“The response to our inaugural awards show last year was bigger and more exciting than even we imagined, and that’s a testament to both the power of non-fiction and reality, and the sense of community that exists among the people who create it,” said Critics’ Choice Association CEO and executive producer Joey Berlin in a statement. “We’re thrilled once again to illuminate the art and complexity of this dynamic programming with a meaningful awards show driven and supported by the industry’s most respected critics.”

“One of NPACT’s unique attributes is in bringing marketplace competitors together as colleagues – supportive of one another and the diverse range of content that makes up the world of non-fiction production,” Michelle Van Kempen, NPACT executive producer and interim GM, added.

The award show’s inaugural year boasted 28 competitive categories, handing out awards for competition series, game shows, culinary and natural history programs, among other groupings. Netflix, which had the most nominations of any network or platform, also claimed the most awards, with nine in total and four going to Queer Eye alone.

The inaugural ceremony also recognized Leah Remini, star and executive producer of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, with its Impact award, which highlights career achievements.

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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