Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Jake Kanter on October 15, 2020.
BAFTA has pulled the curtain back on a raft of changes to its Television and Television Craft Awards that it hopes will increase diversity among nominees and winners, and reflect the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the industry.
The changes follow the publication of the BAFTA Review last month, a dramatic document that promised sweeping updates to the mechanics of BAFTA’s Film and TV prizes following the #BaftaSoWhite controversy. BAFTA also announced today that the 2021 Television and Television Craft Awards will take place on June 6 and May 24 respectively.
Among the measures unveiled Thursday, BAFTA has increased the nominees in performance categories from four to six, while jury members will receive unconscious bias training, as previously announced in the review. Furthermore, as part of their two submissions after the first round of voting, broadcasters will be expected to put forward a candidate from an under-represented group in the performance and craft categories. …