The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has launched the Craft and Design Awards 2008/2009.
The Awards recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production from costume design and digital effects to editing and lighting.
Paul Jackson, CEO of Eyeworks and former ITV director of entertainment and comedy, is chairing this year's awards. The judging panels will be drawn from leading broadcasters including BBC, C4, Five, ITV, Sky and S4C.
The awards are designed to recognise the wealth of talent within the industry and the various categories highlight achievements from across the board.
Paul Jackson said: "These awards are an important way of acknowledging and endorsing the huge body of craft and design talent that exists within our business. The industry would be lost without the invention, dedication and skill possessed by those working within these areas."
The award categories are:
- Effects - recognises achievement in digital and special effects and picture enhancement.
- Makeup Design - recognises achievement in all areas of makeup including hair styling and wigs in categories drama and entertainment and non-drama productions.
- Costume Design - recognises achievement in drama and entertainment and non-drama productions.
- Graphic Design - recognises achievement in trail and packaging, programme content sequences and titles.
- Production Design - recognises achievement in entertainment and non-drama productions and drama
- Lighting, Photography and Camera - recognises achievement in photography (drama), photography (documentary/factual & non-drama productions); and lighting for multicamera, and multicamera work.
- Sound - recognises achievement in entertainment and non-drama productions and drama.
- Tape and Film Editing - recognises achievement in drama, documentary/factual and entertainment & situation comedy. This award is designed to recognise skills in tape editing in multicamera studio/OB programming.
- Music - recognises achievement in original title music and original score. The titles or score must be specially commissioned for a specific programme.
Other awards given at the discretion of the jury chairs include:
- Design and Craft Innovation - recognises outstanding achievement from any area of programme making, demonstrating innovative use of technology or techniques.
- Judges' Award - recognises outstanding achievement of creative craft and design in the industry within the criteria year.
- Lifetime Achievement Award - recognises outstanding achievement of creative craft or design in the industry.
All entries must have been first transmitted in the UK between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009. The fee per entry is _109.25 (inc. VAT). The closing date for entries is Tuesday 1 September 2009. The Awards Dinner will be held on Monday 23 November 2009 at The Park Lane Hotel, London, W1J 7BX.