CableAces get a revamp

Criticized for its lack of diversity and a nominations list that annually makes it appear to be HBO’s personal ceremony, the CableAce Awards has instituted a series of rule changes and the restructuring of categories to foster a more comprehensive level of cable industry recognition.

The National Academy of Cable Programming’s annual awards fest — the 19th of which will be Nov. 14-15 — is increasing the number of awards categories from 82 to 89, modifying its scoring system and adding Chicago as a third judging site (joining Los Angeles and New York).

One of the key changes is the separating of movies/miniseries into different categories. A mini qualifies as “at least 150 minutes of programming in which there is a definite break between the conclusion of one part and the start of another.”

Too, documentaries will now be split into two genres: historical documentary special or series and documentary limited series. The change was necessitated by the large number of documentary entries and the increasing difficulty of judging entrants without some separation by genre.

The CableAces also will add categories for guest actor and actress in dramatic specials or series and plans to split off the educational/instructional special or series into separate categories.

Only a single category is being deleted under the new CableAce setup: direction of photography/lighting direction — comedy or music special or series.

This year’s CableAce nominees will be announced Sept. 23. The first “Call for Entries” mailing goes out May 30.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety