Broadcast Production Awards


NewscastStudio’s Broadcast Production Awards, featuring our twelfth annual Set of the Year competition, honors the best in creative production and technical achievement.

Key Dates

Monday, December 14, 2020 Call for Entries & Competition Open
Monday, February 1, 2021 First Entry Deadline – Price Increase at 11:59pm PST
Monday, March 8, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Final Entry Deadline
Briefly Extended
May 2021 Winners Announcement

* Final winners announcement date subject to change.

Categories and Entry Requirements


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Project Eligibility

All work broadcast, published, released or aired between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, is eligible for the current Broadcast Production Awards competition.

* For entries in the “Best New Product or Service” categories, please see the FAQ below for further clarification. 

Entry Fees

DateDecember 2020 – February 1, 2021February 2 – March 8, 2021
Entry Fees$150/per entry$175/per entry

To enter, use our online entry system to securely submit your work for judging. You’ll be able to pay via credit card online or receive an invoice for payment via check.

Please read our complete category and entry requirements document to ensure you have the best chance of winning.


The Broadcast Production Awards are open to any broadcaster, publisher, designer, agency, product manufacturer, clearing house or vendor, as long as the work was published and/or on-air during the eligibility window.

We accept immediate payment for entries securely via credit card or debit card. You can also request a formal invoice for payment via check. Please note, however, that payment must be received by the final entry deadline for work to be judged. No exceptions will be made to this rule.

Products, services, hardware and tools aimed at the broadcast market are eligible for these categories. 

To enter, please submit a description of product or service, how it has enhanced broadcast production or storytelling and imagery or video of product or service. Case studies are also acceptable.

The product or service should have been in the hands of end-users, whether in beta or final form, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, to be eligible for this year’s contest. 

Yes. The Broadcast Production Awards is an international competition open to entries from around the world.

Some categories do have exclusions, such as with Set of the Year and Lighting Design. In these instances, projects from outside the U.S. should be entered in the International category.

Yes. There is no limit on the number of categories to which you can submit a project. During the submission process you will need to fill out an entry form for each category into which you wish to enter a project.

Judging is conducted by a panel of industry professionals who make up a wide variety of disciplines in broadcast production, creative design and engineering. Past judges have worked for organizations like Al Jazeera, Turner Sports, Broadcast Management Group, Litepanels, Maxon, Hothaus Creative, Full Mental Jacket and NBC’s entertainment division.

The panel rates each entry on a series of criteria based on the particular category.

Honorable Mentions will be awarded for work scoring within 10% of the top finisher’s score in each category. In the event of a tie, multiple entries may be awarded a trophy.

For categories with national and local (DMA) work competing head to head, multiple entries may be awarded a trophy.

Unlike other awards, we do not use gold and silver nomenclature.

  • Each category will have one top-level Broadcast Production Award winner.
  • Honorable Mentions are possible if another entry(s) is within 10% of the winning entries judging score.

In the event of a tie, multiple winners may be awarded. 

For categories with national and local (DMA) work competing head to head, multiple entries may be awarded a trophy.

Winning entrants will receive one (1) NewscastStudio Broadcast Production Award trophy, with duplicates available for purchase by clients, design firms, authorized representatives or vendors.

Duplicate trophies may be awarded once the judging is complete at the current list rate. Because trophies are custom made to order, no refunds for duplicate trophies are issued.

Honorable Mentions are eligible to purchase an acrylic plaque.

Unlike some awards programs, the Broadcast Production Awards is a digital competition. This keeps the entry fees low and means we can showcase the winners for a wider audience — instead of just folks in a ballroom.

Broadcast Production Award–winning work has come from a variety of companies and broadcasters including: Al Jazeera, BBC Sport, Broadcast Design International, CBS Corporation, CCTV, CGTN, ChyronHego, Clickspring Design, Devlin Design Group, ESPN, eSports Arena, FX Design Group, HBO, Jack Morton Worldwide, JHD Group, Megatrax, NBC Olympics, Netflix, NFL Films, NFL Network, Ooyala, PBS, Spectrum News, Stephen Arnold Music, Teen Choice Awards, Tencent, Turner Sports, TVU, VideoHelper, Warner/Chappell Production Music, and Telemundo – just to name a few.

If you have completed multiple studios with the same design or a project involves multiple studio sets, they cannot be combined into a single Set of the Year category entry. 



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