The Creative Diversity Network can today confirm that The CDN Awards 2014 are to take place on November 11th, hosted at the London Studios of current CDN Chair, ITV.
The Creative Diversity Network Awards promote and celebrate excellence around the diversity agenda – on and off-screen – in British television production.
The awards are open for entry from today, and The CDN are seeking entries in nine categories.
Recognising the importance of on-screen talent in changing and challenging perceptions, the Best on Screen Talent Award is seeking nominations for an actor, presenter, performer, newscaster or any other on-screen talent from any other genre, from an under-represented group – for their outstanding work on-screen.
To acknowledge the importance of writers and directors in shaping programmes, the CDN Awards are seeking nominations in the Best Writer or Director Award category for a writer or director from an under-represented group who has authored a piece of work which embodies creative excellence.
The CDN Awards will honour outstanding work in the production sector, with a Special Recognition for Production Company Award. This award will be handed to the independent company or in-house production unit that has most effectively embraced diversity across their business. When applying for the award companies will need to provide evidence of their commitment to diversity across their business in creative output, off-screen recruitment, work culture, or community outreach programmes.
This year, there will also be an Achievement in Production Award. This award will be given to an individual or team who have made a significant impact in improving diversity in any aspect of production either on-screen or off-screen. Nominees can be anyone from a runner to a director or a series producer who has implemented production practices which have had a demonstrable effect on either the make-up of production teams or their output.
There will also be a Special Recognition for Commissioning Award, awarded to a commissioner or commissioning team that has made an impact in addressing diversity through new commissions or commissioning practices, with the aim of sharing their successes with the broader industry. Commissioners and commissioning teams can put themselves forward (via the application form) or can be nominated by others.
The Best News Coverage Award category celebrates news teams who are making an effort to engage minority groups in relevant content. The award is for either: a network or regional news coverage that has fairly and accurately portrayed a story aiding public understanding and raising awareness of issues affecting under-represented groups, AND/OR a network or regional news team that has employed new and non-traditional means for gathering news from under-represented groups, in a news report. News coverage must have been produced in the UK to be eligible, and can originate from either network or regional newsrooms.
Recognising that disabled people are under presented on-screen, and wanting celebration of positive inclusion to work as an inspirational catalyst for our industry, the Best On-screen Representation of Disability Award celebrates a programme that has challenged established models and brought a fresh approach to the inclusion of disabled people on and off screen. Programmes of all genres are eligible for this award.
The CDN Diversity Champion Award will honour an industry leader who has demonstrated a sustained, long-term, and significant commitment to diversity but who does not necessarily have diversity as their core role.
The final award is The CDN Groundbreaking Programme Award, which will be an award for a programme that has broken new ground in terms of on-screen portrayal of one or more under-represented group AND/OR has had a real-world impact in terms of addressing issues that affect under-represented groups.
Submissions can be made from today via http://creativediversitynetwork.com/resource/the-cdn-awards-are-open-for-nominations/, where all eligibility criteria and guidelines for entry can found.