Posted on 16 June 2011


The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has launched the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2010/2011.

The Awards recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production, from costume design and digital effects to editing and lighting.

Nigel Pickard, Group Director, Family Entertainment and Drama at Zodiak Media Group, is chairing this year’s awards. The judging panels will be drawn from leading broadcasters including BBC, ITV, C4, S4C, Channel 5 and Sky.

The awards are designed to recognise the wealth of talent within the industry and the various categories highlight achievements from across the board.

Nigel Pickard, Chair of the RTS Craft & Design Awards, said: “These awards are an excellent way of recognising the extraordinary breadth of talent we have within the creative content industry. UK television would suffer without their innovation, skill and dedication.”

The award categories:

Graphic Design – recognises achievement in trails and packaging, programme content sequences and titles.

Makeup Design – recognises achievement in all areas of makeup including hair styling and wigs in categories of drama and entertainment and non-drama productions.

Costume Design – recognises achievement in drama and entertainment and non–drama productions.

Production Design – recognises achievement in drama and entertainment and non–drama productions.

Effects – recognises achievement from any area of programme making in categories of digital effects, special effects and picture enhancement.

Photography – recognises achievement in drama and documentary/factual and non-drama productions. The Photography Awards are designed to recognise location based single camera work.

Lighting and Multicamera – recognises achievement in lighting for multicamera and multicamera work. The Multicamera Awards are designed to recognise those who work in studio based or OB multicamera programming across all genres.

Sound – recognises achievement in drama and entertainment and non-drama productions. These Awards recognise the whole sound team and both recording supervisor and mixing supervisor should be named on the entry form.

Tape and Film Editing – recognises achievement in drama, documentary/factual and entertainment and 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.
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 contribution to television craft and design within the criteria year.

Lifetime Achievement Award – recognises an outstanding achievement of creative craft or design.

All entries must have been first transmitted in the UK between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011. The fee per entry is £123.60 (inc. VAT). The closing date for entries is Thursday 1 September 2011. The Awards Dinner will be held on Monday 21 November 2011 at The Savoy, London.

For more details or to download an entry form, please visit www.rts.org.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7822 2810.

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