July 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm #288833
Writers Guild Makes Changes To Awards Eligibility & Submission Guidelines; New Media Series Like ‘House Of Cards’ OK; ‘Quiz & Audience Participation Category Added
By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Monday July 22, 2013 @ 11:10am PDT
The big news is that the Writers Guild awards to be held February 1, 2014, have revised their guidelines to allow eligibility for Netflix series like House Of Cards that have been produced for initial exhibition in New Media. Show received 9 Emmy nominations last week and was not specifically named in today’s WGA announcement:
Los Angeles and New York – For the upcoming awards season, Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have changed awards eligibility and submission guidelines for the television and new media categories, and have added a new Quiz & Audience Participation writing award.
“Whether you’re watching content on a TV screen, online on a laptop, or with a hand-held device, outstanding writing and great storytelling deserve the same recognition,” said WGAW President Christopher Keyser and WGAE President Michael Winship. “These changes in eligibility and submission guidelines reflect the evolution of distribution models in the entertainment industry. We are also looking forward to giving out the new Quiz & Audience Participation Award in 2014.”
TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA
In the past year, several high profile series have been produced for initial exhibition in new media. Under the existing Writers Guild Awards rules, these shows would not have been eligible to compete against similar programs produced for TV. The new guidelines will permit online series to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.
Also in the last year, several daytime serials, which had been broadcast on network television for decades, moved to new media platforms. Although they are continuations of programs previously produced for television, the old rules would have placed them in the separate Derivative New Media award category. The new awards guidelines will allow online daytime serials to compete in the Daytime Drama category along with serials that continue to be produced for television.
Specific changes to Writers Guild Awards rules are as follows:
· Both the Original and Adapted New Media categories remain intact but will be limited to programs 15 minutes or less in length and will now be referred to as Short Form New Media – Original and Short Form New Media – Adapted. The “adapted” category is open to new media programs based on any source material, whether a TV series, motion picture or written work.
· All programs over 15 minutes in length will compete in existing TV categories (i.e., overall series, episodic drama, episodic comedy, etc.), which have been expanded to encompass made-for new media programming.
· All daytime serials will compete in the Daytime Drama category, which has also been broadened to include made-for new media programming.
· The WGA’s three series awards categories – Drama, Comedy, and New Series – will be open to all programs over 15 minutes and under one hour in duration, regardless of the platform for which they were created.
NEW “QUIZ & AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION” AWARD CATEGORY CREATED
This type of programming customarily involves the writing of questions and answers, as well as other material (i.e., quizzes, stunts, host copy, et al.). Scripts submitted for awards consideration must be written under a WGA collective bargaining agreement.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Submissions are now open for 2014 Writers Guild Awards in the following script and series categories:
Theatrical Screenplays (Original and Adapted)
Submission deadline for theatrical screenplay categories is: November 15, 2013
TELEVISION / RADIO / NEW MEDIA
Series Categories: Comedy, Drama, and New Series
Script Categories: Animation, Children’s Episodic, Comedy/Variety, Daytime, Documentary, Episodic Comedy, Episodic Drama, Long Form, On-Air Promotion, News, Quiz & Audience Participation, Radio, and Short Form New Media
Submission deadline for TV/radio/new media categories is: October 11, 2013
The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards will be presented jointly at simultaneous ceremonies on Saturday, February 1, 2014, in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and in New York City at the Edison Ballroom.November 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm #288835
Let’s use this thread for this year’s WGA Awards. The nominations will be announced on December 5.
The eligibility period is:
Dec. 1, 2012 – Nov. 30, 2013 for Long Form, Episodic, Animation, Children’s and Short Form categories.
Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013 for Comedy/Variety, Quiz and Audience Participation, Documentary, Daytime Drama, News, Radio and Promotion categories.
For Drama Series, I think “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” are safe. “Homeland”, “House of Cards” and “Boardwalk Empire” will fill the remaining two slots. “Downton Abbey” is probably not eligible here.
For Comedy Series, “Modern Family”, “Girls” and “30 Rock” seem to be the front-runners. Then we have “Parks and Recreation”, “Veep” and “Arrested Development”. Apparently “Orange Is the New Black” was submitted as a comedy here, so maybe it can sneak in. “Louie” is not eligible because it didn’t air any new episodes.
For New Series, “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” are locks but then things aren’t very clear. There are quite a few contenders. “Brooklyn Nine Nine”, “The Crazy Ones”, “The Americans”, “Masters of Sex”, “Ray Donovan”, “The Bridge”, “Hello Ladies”. What else am I missing?
What are your thoughts and predictions?December 1, 2013 at 1:11 am #288836
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 6:05pm PST
HBO’s flagship drama Game Of Thrones won’t extend its streak of two consecutive WGA Awards nominations in the best drama series category due to a submission issue. “As a result of an inadvertent online entry error HBO’s Game of Thrones was not entered in the WGA Awards Drama Series category,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “The series’ episodic entries were not affected.” Since the submission process is online, it is not clear whether the omission was a result of a computer glitch or human error. I hear HBO tried hard to rectify the problem the moment it was discovered, but WGA would not add the show to the top drama category it had been competing in since it launch. In addition to two best drama series WGA Award nominations the last two years, GOT also landed a WGA nom for best series in 2012.December 1, 2013 at 8:34 am #288837
The Good Wife
House Of Cards
Orange Is The New Black
House Of Cards
Orange Is The New Black
Brooklyn Nine Nine
The Crazy Ones
Masters Of Sex
Ozymandias – Breaking Bad – Moira Walley Becket
Felina – Breaking Bad – Vince Gilligan
Confessions – Breaking Bad – Gennifer Hutchinson
Granite State – Breaking Bad – Peter Gould
Hitting The Fan – The Good Wife – Robert & Michelle King
In Care Of – Mad Men – Carly Wray & Matthew Weiner
Goodnight Gracie – Modern Family – Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman
Suddenly, Last Summer – Modern Family – Jeffrey Richman
Running – Veep – Sean Gray & Armando Iannucci & Will Smith
One Man’s Trash – Girls – Lena Dunham
Last Lunch – 30 Rock – Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield
Emergency Response – Parks and Recreation – Norm Hiscock & Joe MandeDecember 1, 2013 at 10:56 am #288838
Sure would like to see a nomination for Justified.December 1, 2013 at 11:10 am #288839
Breaking Bad needs 4 noms to tie Hill Street Blues in Episodic Drama.
Mad Men and 30 Rock can extend their nom & win records in the series categories.
December 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm #288840
I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a big snub in favor of some underdog, like Masters Of Sex. They are the same people that gave noms to Friday Night Lights before the Emmys. They tend to go their own way in a few places.December 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm #288841
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
The Big Bang Theory
Orange is the New Black
The Crazy Ones
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
Orange is the New Back
“Confessions” – Breaking Bad (Gennifer Hutchison)
“Felina” – Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan)
“Hitting the Fan” – The Good Wife (Robert & Michelle King)
“In Care Of” – Mad Men (Carly Wray & Matthew Weiner)
“Ozymandias” – Breaking Bad (Moira Walley-Beckett)
“Flight of the Phoenix” – Arrested Development (Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely)
“Hogcock!” – 30 Rock (Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock)
“Last Lunch” – 30 Rock (Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield)
“One Man’s Trash” – Girls (Lena Dunham)
“Pilot” – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Dan Goor & Michael Schur)
“Dangers on a Train” – The Simpsons (Michael Price)
“Hardly Kirk-ing” – The Simpsons (Tom Gammill & Max Pross)
“Lost in Space” – American Dad! (Mike Barker)
“Roads to Vegas” – Family Guy (Steve Callaghan)
“T.: The Terrestrial” – Futurama (Josh Weinstein)December 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm #288842
First Orange is the New Black and now this? The WGA is stingy!
Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men
Comedy Series: Girls, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock
New Series: The Americans, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, House of Cards, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black
Variety Series: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Key & Peele, Portlandia, Saturday Night Live
Long-Form Original: Dancing on the Edge, Phil Spector, Top of the Lake
Long-Form Adapted: Behind the Candelabra, Parade’s End
Episodic Drama: “Apéritif”, “Chapter 1”, “Felina”, “Granite State”, “Ozymandias”, “The Quality of Mercy”
Episodic Comedy: “Boys”, “The Future Dunphys”, “Goodnight Gracie”, “London”, “Last Lunch”, “WAC Pack”
Episodic Animation: “A Test Before Trying”, “Dark Knight Court”, “Meanwhile”, “The Saga of Carl”, “Space Cadet”December 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm #288843
Breaking Bad (AMC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
The Americans (FX)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)December 5, 2013 at 5:32 am #288844
Does anyone know when these will be out?December 5, 2013 at 10:21 am #288845
Per WGA website…
BEST DRAMA SERIES: Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men
BEST COMEDY SERIES: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Orange is the New Black, Veep
BEST NEW SERIES: The Americans, House of Cards, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Ray Donovan
BEST EPISODIC DRAMA: “Buried” for Breaking Bad, “Confessions” for Breaking Bad, “Episode 101” for House of Cards, “Granite State” for Breaking Bad, “Hitting the Fan” for The Good Wife, “Pilot” for Masters of Sex
BEST EPISODIC COMEDY: “Career Day” for Modern Family, “Farm Strong” for Modern Family, “Hogcock!” for 30 Rock, “Lesbian Request Denied” for Orange is the New Black, “Leslie and Ben” for Parks and Recreation, “Pilot” for Orange is the New BlackDecember 5, 2013 at 10:28 am #288846
Very deserving nominees IMO:
-The Good Wife in Drama Series AND Episodic Drama (for Hitting the Fan)
-Breaking Bad and House of Cards in Drama Series and Episodic Drama
-All of the Comedy Series nominees (especially OitNB/Parks and Rec)
-Masters of Sex as New Series and Episodic Drama
Not so great:
-Homeland nominated in Drama Series
-Ray Donovan nominated in New SeriesDecember 5, 2013 at 10:29 am #288847
Solid list of nominees (minus Homeland and Ray Donavan), but no Ozymandias?!?!December 5, 2013 at 10:31 am #288848
Nothing makes me happier than the big showing for OITNB and The Good Wife! Solid list of nominees. My only qualms are the Ray Donovan nod in Best New Series (was really hoping for Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and the two nominations for Modern Family in Episodic Comedy.