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BAFTA Opens Up Television Awards to More International Shows

Rule changes will open up the TV awards to 'The Crown'

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has changed its rules on eligibility for its Television Awards and Television Craft Awards, opening up the honors to more internationally funded shows such as “The Crown” and “The Night Manager.” BAFTA has also revealed key dates for the awards (see below).

Regarding the Television Awards, BAFTA’s rule changes expand eligibility in all categories except international. Previously, entrants had to demonstrate that 50% of the budget came from the U.K., but this no longer applies. Instead, “they need to show that the creative control resides in the U.K. and that the initiative and creative development is driven from the U.K.,” said Emma Baehr, BAFTA’s director of awards and membership.

“‘The Crown,’ ‘The Night Manager,’ and ‘War and Peace’ may not have been eligible under the old rules because they had international funding, but under these new rules they will be because all the creativity is driven from the U.K.,” Baehr said.

Regarding the Television Craft Awards, in the past if a show was only eligible in the international category of the Television Awards, it couldn’t be entered in the Television Craft Awards. “Under the new rules, individuals may now be considered [for craft awards] as long as the U.K. is their usual place of residence and employment, and the craft has been undertaken in the U.K.,” Baehr said. For example, “Game of Thrones” is in the international category in the Television Awards, but the rule change means heads of department who are U.K.-based and have filmed on location in the U.K. will now be eligible for craft awards.

In a statement, Baehr said: “It is imperative that the awards remain relevant and BAFTA is dedicated to staying ahead of the constantly evolving world of art forms of the moving image. We have therefore refined our Rules & Guidelines for the British Academy Television and British Academy Television Craft Awards to reflect the ever-changing landscape of funding and co-production, ensuring that BAFTA continues to recognize outstanding achievement in television, celebrates the very best talent on and off screen and remains the gold standard for industry practitioners everywhere.”

Dec. 2 – First stage entry for Television and Craft Awards closes for all shows broadcast up to Nov. 30
Jan. 9 – Final deadline for all entries
Feb. 13 – Voting opens at 1 p.m.
Feb. 23 – Closing of voting site
March 3 – Deadline for broadcaster entries
March 8 – Craft round 2 chapter voting starts
March 22 – Deadline for Craft round 2 chapter voting
March 28 – British Academy Television Craft Awards nominations announced
April 11 – Television Awards Nominations announced – live press conference at BAFTA H.Q.
April 18 – Craft round 3 closes
April 20 – Joint Television and Craft nominees party
April 23 – British Academy Television Craft Awards
May 14 – British Academy Television Awards

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