Published on: 16 July 2018 in Industry

RTS adds multi-camera director category to its Craft and Design Awards

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We are pleased to announce that following campaigning from Directors UK, the Royal Television Society has decided to include a new category for best multi-camera director in its annual Craft and Design Awards. 

Previously, multi-camera directors have had to share an award with other members of their photography team under the category title “multi-camera work” — whereas the drama, factual and comedy genres had dedicated director categories. 

Following a discussion with RTS about why multi-camera directors are regarded differently, Directors UK CEO Andrew Chowns suggested a separate award for multi-camera direction – and we are pleased to say that RTS have now agreed. 

The criteria for the new category are as follows:

“Multicamera Director: (all multicamera work, except sport is eligible) including Arts & Music, Situation Comedy, Factual programmes, News and Current Affairs, Entertainment and Events.” 

Directors UK Board member and Entertainment and Multi-Camera Committee member Geoff Posner said: “A large part of successful Saturday night television, some of it live, has for a long time been provided through multi-camera programmes. Following a campaign by Directors UK, RTS have recognised this and created an award specifically for multi-camera direction, whether it’s in entertainment, or events, comedy, music, factual or current affairs. The multi-camera committee of Directors UK are really pleased that the scope of their work has been acknowledged and look forward to the possibility of competing for a prestigious RTS Award.”

Chair of the Entertainment and Multi-Camera Committee Ed Bye said: “Great news that the RTS have agreed to a multi-camera Director category. This award attracts outstanding contributions from some of the most talented multi-camera directors in the country and is well-deserved.”

Nominations are already open for the 2018 RTS Craft and Design Awards. Find out more about the nomination process here. 

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