Line producers, production managers and heads of production can now formally have their work recognised as part of the named nominees, alongside other members of the production team deemed to have had most creative input.
Announcing the changes, BAFTA said that each year its Television Committee “conducts a review of all categories across the Television and Television Craft Awards categories, to ensure the rules and guidelines best reflect the ever-changing landscape of the television industry.”
The change reflects how the roles of line producers, production managers and heads of production have grown ever more crucial to the successes of high end TV drama in particular as budgets and production values have spiralled in recent years.
BAFTA also said it would pilot sustainability requirements for entrants to its Television Awards. For the 2022 Awards, entrants will be asked whether they have achieved albert certification and completed the albert carbon calculator. BAFTA said will not affect entrants’ eligibility for the 2022 Awards but will inform plans for the formal inclusion of eligibility criteria in future years.
BAFTA also said that entrants must now meet two diversity criteria to be eligible for its Television Awards. The criteria span on-screen representation, creative leadership, industry access or audience development.
Nominees in the international category have also increased from four to six, reflecting the year-on-year increase of submissions in the International category.
Sara Putt, deputy chair of BAFTA and chair of the BAFTA Television Committee, said: “Each year we consult with the industry and review our rules and eligibility criteria to ensure our awards not only reflect an evolving global industry but also help drive positive change, and this year I’m proud that we are stepping up our consultation with the industry on environmental sustainability with a view to formally adopting requirements from 2023 that will ensure a more sustainable industry for all.”
Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards will take place on Sunday 8 May 2022, and the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be held on Sunday 24 April 2022.