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.