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Edinburgh TV Festival reveals awards shortlist, names first jury president

Organizers of the Edinburgh TV Festival, presented by YouTube and Screen Scotland, have announced the shortlist for its prestigious TV Awards, which will be presented digitally on October 21. The nominees ...
September 8, 2021

Organizers of the Edinburgh TV Festival, presented by YouTube and Screen Scotland, have announced the shortlist for its prestigious TV Awards, which will be presented digitally on October 21.

The nominees for production company of the year include Bad Wolf, Bandicoot TV, Big Talk Productions, ITN Productions, Merman Television Limited and World Productions.

Up for small indie of the year are Air TV, Big Deal Films, Firecrest Films, Flicker Productions, Red Sky Productions and Strawberry Blond.

BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV are all nominated in the channel of the year category, while the nominees for specialist channel of the year are Crime+Investigation, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic.

On the shortlist for best on demand service of the year are All 4, Disney+, NOW and STV Player.

Nominated in the global success award category are All3Media International, Banijay Rights and ITV Studios.

The shortlist for best documentary includes Nail Bomber: Manhunt, Damilola: The Boy Next Door, Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story, Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story, America’s War on Abortion (Exposure) and Muslim in Trump’s America (Exposure).

Up for the award for best popular factual series are Grayson’s Art Club (produced by Swan Films for Channel 4), Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back (Rumpus Media for Channel 4), Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace (Wall to Wall Media for ITV), Portrait Artist of the Year (Storyvault Films Ltd. for Sky Arts), Saved By A Stranger (Blink Films for Channel 4) and The School That Tried to End Racism (Proper Content for Channel 4).

The shortlisted nominees for best entertainment program include Interior Design Masters, The Rap Game UK, The Last Leg, Britain’s Got Talent, Rob & Romesh Vs and Taskmaster.

In addition to the awards shortlist, the Edinburgh TV Festival also revealed the appointment of the TV Awards’ first ever jury president: writer, director, producer and broadcaster Reggie Yates.

Yates (pictured) has worked across TV, film and radio over the past 30 years, going from an actor to a presenter to an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

“It is a real honour to Chair the Jury for this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival Awards,” Yates said in a release. “Despite the challenges of the last year through the COVID pandemic, it has been incredible to see tenacity, creativity and innovation come to the fore. It was a real pleasure deliberating with my fellow jurors on some of the most entertaining, dramatic, thought provoking and inspiring programming and talent from the past year.”

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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