Critics' Choice Awards Powered by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA) 2016-08-25T01:02:44Z http://www.criticschoice.com/feed/atom/ Seanoconnell <![CDATA[The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=9422 2016-08-19T21:25:22Z 2016-08-19T21:25:22Z We are SOOOO happy to have TJ Miller returning to host the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on December 11th on A&E. And we are equally excited about our move from January to December for the big show.  Everyone who has watched or attended the Critics’ Choice Awards knows what a special evening it is.  […]

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We are SOOOO happy to have TJ Miller returning to host the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on December 11th on A&E.

And we are equally excited about our move from January to December for the big show.  Everyone who has watched or attended the Critics’ Choice Awards knows what a special evening it is.  With TJ as host, it’s not just an important night, it’s wildly funny as well!  And we want the world to enjoy it with us.

That’s why we’ve shifted the Critics’ Choice Awards gala to December 11th.  Critics are cultural explorers, taking the first look at new movies and shows and reporting to audiences which ones are most worth their valuable time and money.  It’s only logical that we critics and entertainment reporters weigh in with our opinions at the top of the awards season.  And by doing so then, before any other major organization, we expect the Critics’ Choice Awards show to be more prominent and to thus find a bigger audience.

As always, we are counting on you to help spread the word.

Key dates to remember:

October 10 – Nominations for the first Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards announced

November 3 – The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards presented at BRIC in Brooklyn

November 14 – Nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards announced (TV/Streaming categories)

December 1 – Nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards announced (Movie categories)

December 11 – The 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards show – LIVE on A&E!

Onward and upward!

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[We Want To Hear Your Pitches]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=9003 2016-08-09T02:52:55Z 2016-06-29T17:59:34Z Our organizations exist to promote and advance the art of film and TV criticism its practitioners. Nothing does this better than to increase the prominence of our Critics’ Choice Awards, which honors the finest work in film and television.

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Dear BFCA/BTJA members:

Our organizations exist to promote and advance the art of film and TV criticism its practitioners.  Nothing does this better than to increase the prominence of our Critics’ Choice Awards, which honors the finest work in film and television.

Through our own digital platform at CriticsChoice.com, in association with our broadcast partner, A&E, and through digital partnerships with A&E and others, we have an excellent stage to create content which achieves these goals and also to connect that content to audiences.

And as with any opportunity for content, there’s an opportunity for content-makers, and that’s where you come in.

Do you have a great idea for digital content which furthers the goals of BFCA/BTJA, helps boost the prominence of the CCA’s, and would be of interest to our digital partners and their audiences?

Then we are open for pitches!

The criteria by which all pitches will be judged:

  • Content should be produced by a BFCA/BTJA member or members
  • New episodes of this content should be produced at least weekly
  • Form of content should be either audio or video (note that video will be considered far more valuable to A&E than audio)
  • Length of this content should be appropriate for digital distribution; i.e., short form
  • Content should be designed to achieve the goals of BFCA/BTJA and Critics Choice as noted above. Keep in mind that the primary interest of our digital partners is in boosting the prominence of and tune-in to the CCA’s
  • Production budget for content, including the cost of production and fees paid to member to produce, should be modest. BFCA/BTJA will fund the budget in its entirety as a work for hire
  • Member should commit to producing this content for a trial period of 6 months at a minimum
  • This will be ORIGINAL and EXCLUSIVE content, not repurposed from other platforms
  • The BFCA board will select and recommend finalists to our digital partners based on these criteria, but any final decision on content selection is ultimately up to our digital partners
  • Deadline for pitches is: July 18, 2016

The form of the pitch should be in written form and should include:

·  Content/show name

·  High concept

·  Host/Hosts bios

·  Content/show treatment

·  Budget breakdown

·  A pilot episode

All costs of producing a pitch and/or pilot will be borne by the member/developer.

The number of projects to be funded will depend on the decisions of the BFCA board, A&E, and the budget for each finalist project.

Please email or call BFCA Board Member Mark Ramsey (markramsey@mac.com) (858-485-6372) if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.

Thanks, and start getting excited for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards!

Mark Ramsey
BFCA Board Member

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[Annual BFCA Election – President]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8956 2016-08-09T23:45:42Z 2016-05-17T18:54:19Z As specified in the BFCA By-Laws (Article V, Section 2), it is again time for the BFCA presidential election. This article is the official call for nominees for a two-year term, beginning on July 1, 2016.

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Annual BFCA Election – President

As specified in the BFCA By-Laws (Article V, Section 2), it is again time for the BFCA presidential election.  This article is the official call for nominees for a two-year term, beginning on July 1, 2016.

As described in the By-Laws, the BFCA President is the general manager and chief executive officer of the Association, responsible for the general supervision, direction and control of the business of the Association, working out of the BFCA office at 9220 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.  The annual salary for serving as BFCA President is $180,000.

The BFCA has grown tremendously in recent years.  It now generates well in excess of a million dollars in annual revenue and has a full and part-time staff of 12, plus outside lawyers, accountants, consultants and marketing reps.  Under the fulltime leadership of the president, BFCA plays an increasingly significant role in our industry, while also funding scholarships, film festival grants and other charitable endeavors.  Our Critics’ Choice Awards show is well established on television and a central part of the president’s job is dealing with the domestic and international television networks that have licensed or seek to license the rights to broadcast our shows, including the nominations and red carpet specials, in addition to our prestigious awards shows.  This involves innumerable meetings, conference calls, site visits, etc.  Working with sponsors and other marketing partners is also critical, along with planning for other BFCA events such as parties, receptions, and our second awards show, the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.  Maintaining relationships with such important organizations as SAG, WGA, MPAA, AMPAS and every studio and film marketing company is also crucial.  All this is on top of general oversight of the BFCA and BTJA and our website (www.criticschoice.com), supervising all BFCA Committees, being available to all members with questions or concerns, and serving as spokesperson for our Association in the media and the industry.

It is the unanimous recommendation of the BFCA Board of Directors that Joey Berlin be reelected as BFCA President for another two-year term.  He has confirmed his strong desire to continue to lead the BFCA.  He is currently involved in executing our new broadcast deal for CCA and we believe maintaining consistent leadership is vital to this process.

If any other member or members wish to run for President, they should signify intention to do so by sending an email to BFCA Secretary Sara Voorhees (movimama@swcp.com) by May 27, 2016.  The nominating process will close on that date.  A new discussion board will be opened on May 31, if necessary, in preparation for an election the week of June 13.  Voting will be by secret ballot, tabulated by the accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab.  If no one chooses to oppose the current president running for re-election, there will be no voting and the current president will continue to serve.

 

BFCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John De Simio

Jim Ferguson

Mark Ramsey

Sara Voorhees

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[President’s Message]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8930 2016-08-09T23:46:21Z 2016-04-27T19:41:48Z We are not just basking in the glow of our very successful 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards show, which combined the BFCA voting for film awards with BTJA’s voting for TV awards. Over the past three months, we have been feverishly planning for the 22nd CCA – and the launch of a new spinoff event.

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We are not just basking in the glow of our very successful 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards show, which combined the BFCA voting for film awards with BTJA’s voting for TV awards.  Over the past three months, we have been feverishly planning for the 22nd CCA – and the launch of a new spinoff event.

I hope you will have the time to read the more detailed articles here on the website and perhaps offer your comments and suggestions.  Remember, BFCA and BTJA were created to advance the art of electronic film and television criticism – and its practitioners.  We work for you and we welcome your input and guidance.  2016 is going to be our best year yet, sure to live up to our unofficial motto: Onward and Upward!

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[Planning for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8928 2016-08-09T23:47:00Z 2016-04-27T19:26:57Z Planning is already well under way for the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards gala. Our television partner will again be A&E and we will be combining the film and television awards again, too.

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Planning is already well under way for the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards gala.  Our television partner will again be A&E and we will be combining the film and television awards again, too.

In our most recent meetings with the network in New York last week, the idea of a “theme” for the show came up.  When it was mentioned that our voting groups are made up of hundreds of the best and brightest entertainment reporters in the US and Canada, we realized that asking YOU to put on your thinking caps was a great idea.  We will soon be announcing the date and host for the 22nd CCA and that will inspire a couple of potential themes, but in the meantime please think about any potential themes for our awards show that might make it even more intriguing to viewers.

We also looked at the data and confirmed yet again that ratings for our show spike in markets where members do live or taped satellite remotes from the venue the morning of the show, or even a day or two before that.  BFCA/BTJA working with Sam Rubin, AETN and Beck Media will again offer satellite opportunities to members before the show this year and we hope even more members will take advantage of this opportunity to entertain your audiences and help promote the Critics’ Choice Awards telecast.

We will be making a list of members interested in doing these remotes in the fall.  But we are happy to start considering theme ideas or any other ideas you might have to improve the Critics’ Choice Awards and build its viewing audience NOW.  Write your ideas in the Comments section below, or feel free to send them directly to info@BFCA.org  .

It remains a foundational idea in our organizations that the more people that watch the Critics’ Choice Awards the more significant they are – and the more significant they are the more it benefits each and every one of our member-voters.  We are even more proud that the Critics’ Choice Awards serve the film and television industries, the creative community, and entertainment consumers as well.  Your help in helping our Critics’ Choice Awards grow is much appreciated by many.

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Are Coming]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8925 2016-08-09T23:47:38Z 2016-04-27T19:24:25Z One of the toughest issues facing BFCA and BTJA each year is how to appropriately honor the finest in film and television achievement within the limited time the Critics’ Choice Awards show has on air. We consistently select nominees and winners in far more categories than we can properly present on our show. Inevitably, some of the most significant categories are presented during the Red Carpet Show, or in the room before the telecast begins, or simply acknowledged in short packages going into commercial breaks.

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One of the toughest issues facing BFCA and BTJA each year is how to appropriately honor the finest in film and television achievement within the limited time the Critics’ Choice Awards show has on air.  We consistently select nominees and winners in far more categories than we can properly present on our show.  Inevitably, some of the most significant categories are presented during the Red Carpet Show, or in the room before the telecast begins, or simply acknowledged in short packages going into commercial breaks.

Most vexing in this regard through the years has been documentaries.  While documentary filmmaking and non-fiction television production has grown stronger and more vital and become one of the most exciting and illuminating segments of the entertainment business, we have been unable to do justice to these genres within the context of the Critics’ Choice Awards telecasts.

To solve this problem, we are planning to launch the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.  The awards presentation will be held in New York in November of this year.  Specific categories are now being decided on, but they will cover both film and television.

Nominees for the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be chosen by an expert committee comprised of BFCA and BTJA members, as well as new members we are currently recruiting who specialize in this area.  If you have developed an expertise in documentary filmmaking and non-fiction television in your work as a critic and/or entertainment reporter please let us know, either in the Comments section below or by emailing info@BFCA.org .

We ask everyone to keep the news of the new CCDA to ourselves until it is officially announced in the coming weeks.  But we wanted to let the membership know that this is coming and seek your comments and suggestions at this time.

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[BOBBIE WYGANT to be Honorary Chair for USA Film Festival]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8896 2016-08-09T23:48:14Z 2016-04-06T15:58:29Z When the USA Film Festival opens on April 20th in Dallas, the BFCA’s Bobbie Wygant will serve as Honorary Chair for opening night.

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When the USA Film Festival opens on April 20th in Dallas, the BFCA’s  Bobbie Wygant will serve as Honorary Chair for opening night.

Bobbie has been a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association since its inception in 1995.  In 2000 she received the first “Critics’ Critic Award” – an honor bestowed on her by her fellow broadcast film critics for her grace and professionalism as a film critic,  entertainment reporter, and general all ’round human being.

Bobbie is a Broadcasting Legend.  In 1948, as a young reporter, she joined NBC5 in Dallas, Texas — two weeks before the station went on air as WBAP-TV.  “They poured me in with the foundation,” she says. She has spent all of the last 64 years of her broadcasting career with NBC 5 (now KXAS-TV)

Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Bobbie went to Texas with a degree in broadcasting and psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

During the early years Bobbie did live game shows, commercials, and produced and hosted a live talk show for 16 years.  She is noted for her celebrity interviews of everyone from Bob Hope to Madonna.

Bobbie was the first woman in the Southwest to present movie reviews on television.  In 2004, she received a National Emmy in Houston, making her the 17th American broadcaster to be elected into its prestigious Gold Circle for 50 years of broadcasting achievement.

Her  most challenging on-air experience was on Nov. 22, 1963 when her 30-minute talk show was interrupted six or seven times with bulletins about the John F. Kennedy assassination. Following each announcement she was instructed to “pick up where you left off.”  She did.

We, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, salute her!

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[THREE OPPORTUNITIES]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8812 2016-02-09T21:17:16Z 2016-02-09T21:17:16Z In the wake of the success of the recent Critics’ Choice Awards and with a multi-year television deal in place with A&E Networks, I am happy to report that BFCA and BTJA are now able to resume their charitable activities. Please know that there are three programs available to BFCA and BTJA members to enable […]

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In the wake of the success of the recent Critics’ Choice Awards and with a multi-year television deal in place with A&E Networks, I am happy to report that BFCA and BTJA are now able to resume their charitable activities.

Please know that there are three programs available to BFCA and BTJA members to enable them to serve their communities while also serving the expressed purpose of our organizations: to promote the art and practice of electronic film and television criticism. They involve mentoring college student scholarships, associating with local children’s organizations to supply audiences for screenings of family films, and providing film festival aid and grants.

Longtime BFCA member Sandie Newton has volunteered to spearhead the first two of these programs, under the guidance of Membership Director Sara Voorhees. Film Festival Committee chairperson Anne Brodie and her fellow committee members will resume their duties supervising the film festival credentialing and grant program.

The BFCA scholarship program is explained on our website in the BFCA section – http://www.criticschoice.com/bfca-scholarships/ . BTJA members are also encouraged to consider performing a similar mentoring function for aspiring television critics.

The idea of having members associate with local children’s organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA or YWCA to supply audiences for family film screenings is a new one. It will require the sponsoring member to connect with local studio field reps and seek their support of the concept. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please reach out to Sandie (sandienewton@me.com) to discuss how to move forward.

The revived Film Festival Committee is ready to not only consider grant applications for festivals that members are involved with in their markets, but also to help any member seeking accreditation or involvement at chosen festivals. For more on these opportunities, see the Film Festival Committee page on our website – http://www.criticschoice.com/bfca-film-festival/ .

Onward and upward!

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Seanoconnell <![CDATA[Critics’ Choice Awards Wrap Up]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8778 2016-01-20T17:57:28Z 2016-01-20T17:57:28Z The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards is in the books. I thought it was a great show. How about you?

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The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards is in the books.

I thought it was a great show.

How about you?

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Website Administrator http://www.criticschoice.com/ <![CDATA[Voting is now closed!]]> http://www.criticschoice.com/?p=8636 2016-01-15T08:24:35Z 2016-01-15T08:24:05Z Thank you to all members who voted for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Voting is now closed.

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Thank you to all members who voted for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Voting is now closed.

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