Media release: Edinburgh TV Awards open for entry


THE Edinburgh TV Awards, part of the Edinburgh Television Festival brought to you by YouTube and BT, are now open for entry, with a number of new categories, it was announced today (THURS).

In their 17th year, the highly-coveted awards form one of the highlights of the TV festival calendar, bringing out the TV industry’s glitterati, as well as showcasing the outstanding talent, and incredible breadth of genres and creativity that broadcasters and production companies produce year after year.

This year, the number of categories open for submissions have expanded allowing the TV festival the opportunity to recognise more genres and applaud the high-standard of originality.

The categories open for submission are: Channel of the Year, Production Company of the Year, Best Specialist Channel, Best UK Drama, Best International Drama, Best Documentary Programme, Best Popular Factual Series, Best Entertainment Series, Best Comedy Series, and Best On-Screen Breakthrough Talent.

The deadline for first round entries for all of these categories is Friday 11th May, 2018.

Executive chair, Graham Stuart, said: “The awards have always been a key part of the Television Festival and this year we are taking them to a whole new level. We’ve created more categories to celebrate the extraordinary range of global television talent and innovation gathered at the heart of the world’s biggest arts festival.

“And we’ll present the industry’s most coveted prizes in a ceremony enhanced by cutting edge comedy direct from the Edinburgh Fringe. You, your shows and your channels have got to be there. Send your entries now.”

Festival director, Lisa Campbell, said: “This year, we have opened up the award categories to recognise individual genres and celebrate the incredible scale of content and talent we have here in the UK and internationally. The awards will be bigger and better, a real explosion of the senses, and a night not to be missed!”

Last year, BBC One picked up the coveted Channel of the Year gong, while the Production Company of the Year went to Left Bank Pictures.

The TV Moment of the Year category, voted for exclusively via the Festival app saw AJ’s priceless reaction to new football boots in Rich House, Poor House claim victory in last year’s awards. This year’s TV Moment of the Year category will open from June and remain open until Thursday, 23rd August, the day of the Edinburgh TV Awards ceremony.

Enter now to give yourself a chance of winning one of these sought-after accolades and join us at the EICC in what promises to be an awards ceremony like no other.

For more information on each of the categories visit the TV festival’s website:

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

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