BAFTA TV Awards Change Rules to Allow Brit-Produced, US Series to Enter

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Photo by James Veysey/BAFTA/Shutterstock Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia and Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Drama Series - 'Killing Eve' presented by Julia Stiles and James Norton British Academy Television Awards, Ceremony, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK - 12 May 2019

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Peter White on October 8, 2019.

Killing Eve won best drama series at last year’s BAFTA TV Awards but the Phoebe Waller-Bridge-created series seems to have had an even bigger impact on the event after organizers unveiled a formal rule change to allow US-funded series to enter UK categories.

Last year, the BBC America drama found its way to pick up 14 nominations after The British Academy of Film and Television Arts bent its own rules to allow the series, produced by UK indie Sid Gentle Films.

Now, BAFTA has changed the rules meaning that ‘UK programs’ will no longer be required to premiere in the UK to be eligible for UK production categories. Series must still be initiated and developed in the UK with creative control residing in the UK, which Killing Eve was deemed to have done. The move comes as more and more British producers are being commissioned directly by US networks and streaming services, although most of these shows come back to the UK in some form. …

Deadline Hollywood 10/8

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