Media Release: RTS opens entries for Scotland Awards 2015

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THE Royal Television Society (RTS), recognised as Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has today issued a call for entries for the RTS Scotland Awards 2015.

The awards cover all forms of production in Scotland and aim to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across a range of genres and crafts.

This year will see a number of changes to the judging criteria, including the introduction of three new award categories, for Television Director of the Year, On-Screen Personality of the Year and Best Documentary and Specialist Factual History Programme.

April Chamberlain, chair of Judges, RTS Scotland Awards, says: “It is my pleasure to announce that the 2015 RTS Scotland Awards are now open.

“This will be our third awards and we are looking forward to celebrating the many brilliant programmes that have been made, and the incredible talent working in the industry in Scotland.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 12 February 2016.

All entries must have been aired on TV, distributed for non-broadcast or streamed online for the first time between January and December 2015.

The awards will be presented at the Oran Mor, Glasgow on 25 May 2016.

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Production Awards

Category 1: Factual

a. Best Daytime

This category recognises the demands of producing high quality factual programming on daytime budgets. Daytime programmes are those transmitted before 6pm.

b. Best Factual Entertainment & Features

Features programmes including magazine shows, fashion, cookery, travel, property and other popular formatted programmes.

c. Best Documentary and Specialist Factual: History

This category includes documentaries and specialist factual programmes with an emphasis on history.

d. Best Documentary and Specialist Factual

This category includes documentaries and specialist factual programmes including arts, science, natural history and the environment.

Category 2: Drama

This award is for fiction or other narrative drama, including docu-drama and online.

Category 3: News and Current Affairs

a. Best News Programme

This award is for the best television news programme in Scotland. The award is intended to recognise every aspect of television news including speed of reaction to breaking news and the depth and quality of coverage.

b. Best Current Affairs

This award is for documentary and discussion programmes which investigate, explain or analyse current events.

Category 4: Sport

a. Best Live Event

The submitted entry should be a 30-minute compilation of the coverage as transmitted. The entries will be judged on the quality of the coverage, not on the importance or excitement of the event.

b. Best Sports Programme

The award will recognise production and editorial values in actuality sports programming – event coverage/live or recorded, strand or individual programme.

Category 5: Best Comedy

This award category is for a wide range of comedy programmes whose common aim is to make the audience laugh. This could include panel shows, chat shows, game shows, situation comedies, comedy dramas and sketch shows.

Category 6: Best Children’s Programme

This category includes children’s drama, comedy, factual, entertainment and animation programmes.

Category 7: Best Short Form Content

This category is designed to recognise excellence in the production of short form television content and the specialist skills required therein. Judges will consider any content shorter than five-minutes duration.

Category 8: Animation and VFX

This category recognises professional excellence in the field of animation and visual effects.

Category 9: Student Television Award

Student Television Awards are made in January in the following categories; animation, entertainment, factual and fiction. An overall winner will be chosen.

Portfolio Awards:

These categories celebrate professional excellence.

Category 10: On Screen Personality of the Year

This category is open to all television and video screen talent working across any and every genre and format.

Category 11: Television Journalist of the Year

This category is open to all television and video web journalists working in news, current affairs, features and sport.

Category 12: Television Director of the Year

This category is open to all television and video directors working across any and every genre and format.

Category 13: Professional Excellence (Craft)

a. Best Camera

For professional excellence in all elements of camera work, including sound capture where relevant in single camera operations. Portfolios can encompass both broadcast and non-broadcast work.

b. Best Sound

This category recognises professional excellence in sound across all television output. This award could recognise the work of one individual or the work of the whole sound team.

c. Best Post production: Editing

This category recognises professional excellence in post-production and is open to all aspects of editing, pictures and sound.

d. Best Post production: Graphics & Titling

This category recognises professional excellence in post-production and is open to all aspects of graphics and titling.

Best Digital Innovation Award

This award is designed to celebrate the use of technology in an expanding and changing world reaching out to new communities of users and new, often interactive, ways of communicating using video and text.

It is about the use of technology in the production process and the award honours the best in second screen, multi-screen, interactive, online and connected TV content, mobile content and games.

The RTS Scotland Award

The industry award is for the outstanding contribution to television in Scotland.

Nominations are not required and the decision will be ratified by the RTS Scotland Committee.

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