February 22, 2021 in Press

Winners of Awards Honoring Nonfiction and Reality Content to be Announced June 21

(February 22, 2021) – LOS ANGELES – The Critics Choice Association (CCA) and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT have today opened submissions for the third annual “Critics Choice Real TV Awards.”  Submissions will be accepted through May 14, with nominations announced on June 2.  Winners will be announced on June 21; the format of the awards presentation is still to be determined.   

2021 Schedule:

  • Deadline for early submissions (with fee discount): Monday, March 22
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 14
  • Nominations announced: Wednesday, June 2
  • Critics Choice Real TV Awards winners revealed: Monday, June 21 

Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will serve as Executive Producers. Michelle Van Kempen is Executive Producer for NPACT. 

Said Van Kempen, “Over the past year, producers, networks and streamers across all genres of nonfiction banded together to keep our industry going and audiences engaged and entertained through unprecedented times. Now more than ever, the achievements of our community deserve to be celebrated.”

Added Berlin, “We may not have clarity yet on what our awards show will look like, but what’s crystal clear is how this segment of entertainment not only survived the pandemic, but rose to new heights of prominence and popularity. Reality and nonfiction television provided solace, connection and a pathway to different worlds, delivering vital entertainment when it was needed most.”

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 when the CCA and NPACT joined forces to create a large-scale awards platform dedicated to giving the robust, ever-evolving unscripted genre critical attention and support. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

Shows are eligible for nomination if at least six (6) episodes premiered between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television market. 

The Critics Choice Association will monitor all awards submissions and select the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming will determine the nominees. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics. It was organized in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit:


NPACT is the trade association for nonfiction production companies doing business in the U.S. Serving as the voice for the unscripted creative community, NPACT advocates for the advancement of nonfiction production across all genres of unscripted, and provides resources and information to help improve business conditions for its member companies whose programming airs across all linear TV and streaming platforms. For more information visit


Andy Gelb / Elyse Weissman
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Leslie Oren
Babygrande PR (for NPACT)
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