Iris Award submissions blossom

Number of entries sets record for U.S., Canuck TV awards

The National Assn. of Television Program Execs hit a new record for the number of submissions to its annual Iris Awards, which honor local television production.

As of Tuesday, NATPE had tallied 406 submissions for the 34th annual Iris Awards, which is up 5% from last year’s 387 submissions.

The Irises, given in nine categories, are the only national awards that honor programming for locally funded TV and cable stations in the United States and Canada. They honor both English- and Spanish-language work.

Among the categories with the biggest boosts in submissions were current affairs/info programming, up 14% from 1999; PSA, up 33%; individual achievement in writing and/or producing, up 25%; and individual achievement in on-camera talent, up 66%.

Prelim judging for the 2000 Iris Awards is being held Friday in Toronto, Boston, Washington, D.C., Dallas and Seattle. Final judging is set for mid-September in New York and Los Angeles.

An awards ceremony in Los Angeles is planned for the week of Oct. 16.

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