Inaugural ‘Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards’ Honoring Nonfiction And Reality Content

November 16, 2018 in Press



Awards Show to Take Place Sunday, June 2, 2019

Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2018) – The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) and NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of nonfiction entertainment content, announced today they have joined forces and will spin off the Critics’ Choice Awards “Reality Show” categories to create a brand new, stand-alone awards show dedicated to nonfiction, unscripted and reality television content.

The inaugural Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards will take place Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as Executive Producers.

Collaborating on an event that gives the thriving, ever-evolving genre its due respect and support, the BTJA- and NPACT-developed awards show recognizes excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Adapted from and replacing the first NPACT Impact Awards held earlier this year, the new event also will recognize leaders in the industry with awards highlighting careers and honoring lifetime achievements.

The Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards categories will be announced in January.

“The time has come for the best nonfiction, unscripted and reality television programming to have its own, large-scale awards show, which recognizes the fact that superlative creative work is being done in this area,” said BFCA President and Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards executive producer Joey Berlin. “The industry has matured over the last two decades, and nonfiction and reality have never been more relevant. They deserve their own night of celebration.”

Added NPACT General Manager John Ford, “The community of creative entrepreneurs that inspired NPACT drives our industry to expand its influence. As the producers of this compelling content across myriad genres, we are honored to work with BTJA to launch this robust awards program.”

To ensure the integrity of the awards, BTJA will monitor all awards submissions and select the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A call for submissions in all competitive categories will take place in early 2019. A blue ribbon nominating committee made up of BTJA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality television will determine the nominees, who will be announced in early May. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the BTJA membership and announced at the Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards gala on June 2.  Submission details and official show categories will be announced in January.


The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association and is made up of TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. The two groups will again join to present the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring the finest achievements in film and scripted television, on January 13 on The CW Television Network.  For more information, visit:


NPACT serves as the voice for the non-fiction creative community, helping producers tackle the challenges they face in an age of media disruption, and offering a forum for producers to address critical business issues. With 100+ member companies, including production companies of all sizes, as well as allied services companies, NPACT members collectively produce the majority of all non-fiction content for US broadcast, cable television and digital platforms. NPACT maintains offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.


Andy Gelb
310-461-0111, [email protected] 

Leslie Oren
Babygrande PR (for NPACT)
310-300-3195, [email protected]

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