18 October 2023
The Award Categories
Browse the categories below
The 2023 awards are now open for entry and will close 12 July
Please note categories marked with an * are awarded to individuals and there is no charge.
Entries are £349 + 20% VAT each or £309 + 20% VAT each when you submit 3 entries or more (excluding the individual awards).
Best Animated Kids Programme
Children’s programming is enjoying a renaissance. What were the top animated titles and formats that broke through in the past 12 months? These are shows that either enjoyed widespread domestic success, or made an impact internationally with sales across the board.
Best Live Action Kids Programme
TBI celebrates the top live-action children’s shows that have broken through in the past 12 months across both linear broadcasters and streaming platforms.
NEW: Best Adult Animation Series
Some the finest storytelling of recent years has come in animated form and this award highlights the very best adult-oriented content out there, from hard-hitting series to comedic specials.
NEW: FAST Channel of the Year
As FAST TV grows its foothold worldwide, we celebrate those channels that have made the most entertaining or innovative use of this type of streaming distribution over the past 12 months.
NEW: Best Docudrama
Combining scripted and factual content can result in incredible results that both entertain and inform like no other genre. This award celebrates those at the cutting-edge of this hugely innovative category.
Best Documentary Series
The future is factual, that much is clear. Streaming services and cable channels have upped the ante when it comes to multi-part factual series. TBI honours the programmes that have raised the bar in their execution, storytelling and/or access.
What was the outstanding documentary that had the most international impact over the last 12 months? We celebrate the shows that worked at home and then became a hit globally, sparking conversation around the world.
Best Short-Form Series
With new platforms opening up to cater specifically to short-form programming, and traditional players catching up with short-form commissioning of their own, this award recognises breakthrough content that is 15 minutes or less in length per episode.
The Representation & Inclusion Award
This award highlights a company or individual who is making an outstanding contribution to improving on-screen and/or off-screen representation of LGBTQIA+, race, ethnicity, and/or disability. Whether a programme, an industry initiative or an ingenious solution to improve DEI on a broader level, this award salutes those who are making the content industry a more representative, fairer, and better place.
The Sustainability & Innovation Award
This category highlights an individual or company who has provided an outstanding next-generation solution to improve the way content is made. Whether embracing new tech to get a show delivered or introducing new work practices to reduce the environmental impact, this award honours those whose perseverance has inspired the industry.
Series Launch of the Year
As industry players seek to stand out from the crowd with original programming and big-ticket acquisitions, often launching across several territories at once, we award the series that launched with the most buzz and which created the greatest ratings, marketing, and social media impact.
Competition Show of the Year
This award acknowledges the creative prowess and production expertise that go into delivering shows that offer emotional engagement, entertainment and excitement for audiences.
Best New Scripted Series
Scripted series have again dominated many of the headlines over the past year and with this Award we honour the breakout series that has created the greatest impact around the world.
Best Returning Scripted Series
This award will go to a popular ongoing series that has shown great accomplishment across broadcast or streaming platforms this year.
Entertainment Format of the Year
Did your company's format cut through in the last year to become a global success? Whether a shiny-floor entertainment show, a structured reality hit or a gameshow that got remade in local markets, what was the standout international entertainment format of the past 12 months?
Factual Entertainment Programme of the Year
From the best-structured reality hits to observational documentary successes, what was the standout factual entertainment programme of the past 12 months?
Reality Show of the Year
TBI honours the new wave of reality programming gracing our screens across all mediums, ranging from re-worked classics to completely new ideas that offer entertainment and insights to all generations of viewers.
Does your distribution business employ a unique strategy that is cutting through and winning buyers over? Have you created a new financing model to power programming or leveraged technology to seal deals? TBI pays tribute to a distribution outfit raising the bar for what’s possible in the field.
Excellence in TV Award*
Success is hard-won in the TV world. Repeated success is even harder. The Excellence in TV Award recognises an outstanding individual who has achieved the rare distinction of delivering, inspiring, or executing innovation time and again over the course of their career to date.
Outstanding Contribution to Content*
This special award recognises an executive who has made their mark on the content landscape across a specific area of expertise - from production and distribution to commissioning or technology - leaving the business in a better place because of their work.
Rising Star Award*
Do you have a hot shot in your company who always delivers, coming up with the innovations and ideas that keep your business buzzing? This is an opportunity to recognise those individuals – some of whom may just be starting their TV careers – who are set for the top.