The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences have recently announced that original fiction and non-fiction programs, that have episodes less than 30 minutes in length, will be eligible in the new Short-Form Series category.
It seems that every year, as award season rolls around, new recognition of various content appears during the circuit of nominations. As popularity grows in different directions, diverse categories must be made in order to house the various projects being produced. It becomes important to distinguish and identify the new forms of media that infiltrate our entertainment spaces, while slowly integrating the old and the new. The International Emmy is comprised of honoring superior television programming that appears outside of the United States, separate from the Primetime Emmys we know and love. With the acknowledgment of unfamiliar entities, the television market grows and expands in places we would have never guessed to look. Online websites, and emerging technological advances are forming new and intriguing ways to present entertainment material, and for this, the Academy has decided to be more inclusive with their options.
It was announced this week that the International Academy of Television and Sciences will begin to recognize and honor short form series in a new category. Within this vastly abundant space, original fiction and non-fiction shows, with episodes that clock in less than thirty minutes, will be eligible for nomination. Although this class isn’t entirely new, it will be migrated from the International Digital Emmy Awards at MIP TV to the mainstream International Emmy stage. President and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Bruce L. Paisner, released a statement saying, “As media changes, International Emmy categories change too and we felt we needed to give special recognition to the rapid and important growth of short form in the industry. We are doing this in the first instance by moving the category to our Gala in November.”
Beginning in November of 2017, countless television shows will be up for nomination in the Best Short-Form Series category. With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, many new series can be found exclusively on the Internet, with original content being produced daily, diverting from traditional methods of television and film distribution. This also means that as digital media grows and shapes television, other award shows are likely to begin including all platforms of content creation, from Amazon Prime to YouTube Originals. It wasn’t until this year that the Primetime Emmy Awards executed its first award for Outstanding Short For Variety Series, which was given to Park Bench with Steve Buscemi. We also shouldn’t be surprised if high ticketed award shows, such as The Oscars, began allowing original, digitally released movies into consideration.
While this year’s International Emmys will take place on November 21st, the new Short-Form Series class will not be eligible for recognition until next year. Rules and regulations for the category will be released in early December, with the competition opening on December 8, 2016, and closing on February 16, 2017.