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RTS NI celebrates 5 years of programme awards with call for 2019 entries



Date Posted: July 31, 2019

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has just launched its 2019 Programme Awards for the Northern Ireland creative industries, as the educational charity celebrated the Award’s 5th birthday with a party in The Orpheus, Belfast. Once again Ka-Boom, one of Northern Ireland’s leading facilities companies is headline sponsor of the RTS NI Programme Awards and the winners will be announced at an exciting ceremony in The Mac as part of the Belfast Media Festival this November.

Kieran Doherty, Chair of RTS NI said: “It’s hard to believe it’s just five years since we announced our first Northern Ireland Programme Awards, which were set up to recognise the amazing content being produced in Northern Ireland. But what a five years it has been!

“Back in 2015, Game of Thrones was making its 5th series here, Line of Duty was filming on the streets of Belfast, Lily’s Driftwood Bay was in its infancy and Derry Girls was still just an idea inside the amazing brain of Lisa McGee and now one of the longest running quiz shows in the UK, BBC’s flagship Mastermind, is relocating to Belfast.

“So it’s now more important than ever before for the RTS NI to recognise and highlight the exceptional people working in Northern Ireland’s creative sector as well as celebrating the amazing growth of the industry over the past number of years.”

Zach Willis, Company Director and Co-Founder of Ka-Boom said: “The RTS NI Awards are now the most sought-after screen awards in Northern Ireland and we are delighted to be involved once again as headline sponsor. Ka-Boom has grown substantially with the industry over the past few years providing high quality facilities not only to local companies, but to the growing international sector who base their productions here, so we look forward to applauding the very best of the creative industries in Northern Ireland as headline sponsor of this year’s Awards.”

Applications for entries to this year’s Awards are open from Monday August 5th and will close on Friday 30th August.  To qualify for entry, all entries must have been first transmitted or made available on an On Demand service between 7th August 2018 and 26th July 2019 except for Interactive Entertainment which should have been released between these dates. All entries may be submitted by broadcasters, companies or individuals based in or working in Northern Ireland. Further details can be found on https://rts.org.uk/region/northern-ireland/awards

The 2019 Award categories are:

  • Scripted Comedy
  • Entertainment
  • Features and / or Factual Entertainment
  • Specialist Factual
  • Documentary
  • Current Affairs
  • News Coverage
  • Drama
  • Children’s and / or Animation
  • Interactive Entertainment
  • Original Music Score
  • Brian Waddell Award for Outstanding Contribution (to the local television and film industry in NI)

The RTS NI has partnered with BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, Channel 4 and UTV for these prestigious awards. Judging in each category will be carried out independently by an experienced internal jury with winners being announced at the special awards ceremony at The Mac, Belfast on Thursday 7th November.

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