DGA Awards Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials Programming Entry Form

The DGA Awards celebrates outstanding directorial achievement and we welcome your entry. Here are the Awards guidelines and entry form for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials. You must agree to these rules at the bottom of the page in order to go to the Entry Form.

  1. Director Eligibility: Entries must be directed by a DGA member under a DGA Agreement. A director may enter one program in this category. Entries are accepted only from the director of the program.

  2. Eligibility: Only Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials that have originally aired on television or on the Internet during the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 are eligible. Programs exhibited theatrically prior to television or Internet exhibition are not eligible. Entries may not be an episode of a regularly scheduled series. An extended version of a regularly scheduled program is not a Special and should not be entered in this category. A 'Breaking News' segment, which interrupts regular programming, is not eligible. DGA-covered programs produced specifically for the Internet are eligible. Programs that are only broadcast locally (even if available on the Internet) are not eligible.

  3. Length: DGA covered Specials programs produced specifically for the Internet must have a minimum broadcast format length of approximately one-half hour. DGA covered Specials of any broadcast length, produced for television broadcast, basic cable or pay television are eligible.

  4. Credit: The director must have exercised all traditional directorial functions in connection with original photography and/or narration and received an on-screen "Directed By" credit.

  5. Entry Requirements:
    • The Director must submit a completed DGA Awards entry form. A confirmation e-mail will be sent upon receipt of the entry form.
    • Entries must have a Deal Memorandum on file with the DGA for the project being submitted.
    • After completing the online entry form, a copy of the program’s main and end title credits must be submitted to Awards@dga.org. The credits must contain the Director and Directorial team credits. Entries will not be finalized without the program’s credit information.
    • All entries must be received in the Awards office by 6:00 P.M. PST, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2019. (Members who direct an "Unscheduled Specials Program" between the December 1, 2019 submission deadline and December 31, 2019, and are unable to submit their entry by the November 26, 2019 deadline, will be permitted to submit their entry for next year's 73rd Annual DGA Awards). No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
  6. Judging Process: Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials entries will be placed on a nomination ballot that will be available to the DGA membership for voting online, starting Friday, December 6, 2019. The five entries that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as the 2019 DGA Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials Award Nominees on January 6, 2020.

Nominees will be required to immediately provide an HD link of the nominated project with the following specifications: QuickTime Movie in Apple ProRes, 1920 x 1080. These five will then be viewed by a Director-Member Blue Ribbon Panel that will, by secret ballot, select the winner of the 2019 DGA Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials Award. The winner will be announced at the 72nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Awards Administrator Maggie Holmes in the DGA Awards Office at Awards@dga.org or (310) 289-2038.


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