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Gotham Awards Take TV Into Account with New Award Categories

The 2015 Gotham Awards will inaugurate two new award categories for serialized content, an addition that serves as a strong recognition of the increasing number of filmmakers who create work in the realms of television and digital.

Two Breakthrough Series awards will be given, one for long form (with episodes of 30 minutes or longer) and one for short form (for segments of 20 minutes or less). Only series that debuted the year prior — this year, between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31 — will be considered. Nominees for the new awards have not yet been announced, but those eligibility dates encompass recent series including Amazon’s “Transparent” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” (pictured above), which is produced by this year’s industry tribute recipient, Steve Golin.

The two new Breakthrough Awards join the pre-existing Breakthrough Actor and Breakthrough Director awards at the Gothams. Presented every year by New York-based Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP), the Gotham Independent Film Awards — traditionally one of the earliest events in the film industry’s annual awards-season derby — often serves as an indicator of awards contenders to watch. In the past, the Gothams have bestowed early recognition on titles including “Birdman” and “Boyhood.”

The addition of awards for TV and digital content falls in line with the trend at film festivals in recent years, which have begun to incorporate transmedia projects and some television titles into their programming.

The 25th annual Gothams are set for Nov. 30 at Cipriani Wall Street. Nominations for competitive awards are due Oct. 22.

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