Online Programs Eligible for DGA Awards

/ Jul 30, 2013

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Much like the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America also do not have a problem with original programming distributed exclusively (or initially) over the internet. The DGA has made changes to its annual awards program eligibility rules to allow the potential to nominate web-based programming.

Original programming created by DGA members specifically for the web can be nominated in as many as eight categories, including:

  • Dramatic Series
  • Comedy Series
  • Movies for Television and Mini-Series
  • Variety/Talk/News/Sports — Regularly Scheduled Programming
  • Variety/Talk/News/Sports — Specials
  • Documentary
  • Reality
  • Children’s Programming

To be fair, this doesn’t mean the DGA Awards are open to all web-based programming, as long as it’s been directed by a DGA member director. As the rules stipulate, all of the aforementioned categories require that any program submitted is at least a half-hour in length. In other words, expect more nominations for Netflix’s “House of Cards,” “Arrested Development,” and maybe even “Orange Is the New Black,” which is getting some stellar reviews (and rightfully so).

The DGA Awards also has a Commercials awards category, which has included ads and other branded content created specifically for the web since 2007. This category obviously does not require the 30-minute rule.

Another change to the eligibility rules means daytime soaps will now have to compete with primetime and web shows in the Dramatic Series category. According to the DGA, “This decision was made in recognition that scripted dramatic series are now programmed beyond ‘primetime’ and with the increase in series programming created for internet distribution without set times for viewing, the definition of what is a dramatic series has fundamentally shifted.”

The 66th Annual DGA Awards are scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

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