Bafta TV awards change eligibility rules, add diversity targets

Screen | 10/8/2019 | Staff
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Bafta has updated its rules for UK TV productions in the wake of last year’s Killing Eve controversy, while shows could soon have to hit diversity targets to qualify.

The awards body has tweaked its qualification criteria so that shows could be eligible for its TV awards even if they premiere outside of the UK.

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Such shows will need to have been “initiated and developed” in the UK and have creative control residing within the UK, or a UK broadcaster must have “primary editorial control”. Shows will also be required to have a UK TX within the same calendar year.

The move comes a year after BBC America original Killing Eve was controversially allowed to enter, going on to win three awards. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s crime caper was produced by a UK indie – Sid Gentle Films - and forged by UK talent, while playing out on BBC1 around six months after its US premiere.

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Bafta deputy chair Krish Majumdar said the changes are “reflective of the global TV landscape”.

He added: “TV is a global business and we have to support British creativity and excellence in this new world. If you look at the rules carefully, that is what we are doing. I’m confident these will work.”

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Majumdar, who steps up to Bafta chair next year, played down the idea that the changes could lead to confusion around definitions of “primary editorial control” and “initiated and developed in the UK”.

He said each show would be examined on a case-by-case basis by Bafta’s TV committee, which is led by BBC Studios...
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