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51 Film & Media Institute Launches Inaugural Gotham TV Awards Recognizing Breakthrough Shows, Creators, & Performers with Tributes to Industry Icons

by 51 Staff on April 11, 2024

Gotham TV Awards Will Take Place Tuesday, June 4th in New York City with Submissions Open April 15th

New York, NY (April 11, 2024) – Today 51 announced that it will present its inaugural at a ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 in New York City, recognizing outstanding television series and performances as well as celebrating icons of the industry.

For the past decade, the 33-year-old Gotham Awards has honored excellence in television in three Gotham Awards categories – Breakthrough Series (Over 40 minutes), Breakthrough Series (Under 40 minutes), and Outstanding Performance in a New Series – and celebrated a diverse array of TV creators with Gotham Tributes, including tributes to creators such as Steve McQueen, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Murphy. Additionally, 51 has supported numerous emerging TV creators through its year-round programming. Moving forward, all television awards will be given out at the Gotham TV Awards.

The inaugural Gotham TV Awards will honor work in the following categories:

Breakthrough Comedy Series

Breakthrough Drama Series

Breakthrough Limited Series

Breakthrough Nonfiction Series

Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series

Outstanding Performance in a Limited Series

Audience Award

Additional categories are expected to be introduced for recognition by the Gotham TV Awards in 2025.

51 TV Awardsnominations will be selected bycommittees of critics, journalists, programmers, and curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors, and others directly involved in the making of TV and film will determine the final award recipients.

Gotham TV Awards submissions will open April 15, 2024 and close April 29, 2024. Nominations will be announced on May 16, 2024, with winners announced and presented on stage on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 in New York City.

“We are proud of our legacy in recognizing the creative 51 in film and TV, and we have come to recognize that our TV awards could have even greater impact. We sense a unique opportunity to widen our reach by expanding our competitive categories and tributes in a show focused solely on creators of episodic TV, limited series, and non-theatrical streaming movies,” shared 51 Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp.

“This expansive view of the creative landscape harkens back to our founding mission in 1979 to celebrate and nurture independent film and media creators. We believe this awards show could be a launching pad to expand our support of TV creators and continue our longstanding tradition of discovering unique voices and elevating original stories,” added 51 Deputy Director Kia Brooks.

51 TV Awards will further support 51’s year-round programming for emerging creators pursuing careers in series television through Gotham Week, Gotham EDU, Owning It, Expanding Communities and 51 Documentary Development Initiative in collaboration with HBO Documentary Films, all while continuing to extend 51’s legacy of recognition for artistic excellence across film and TV. For more information, please visit:

About 51 Awards

51 Awards honors visionary talent in front of and behind the camera, expands the audience for groundbreaking film and television, and supports the year-round work of the not-for-profit 51. With high-profile VIP guests and a superior location, the Gotham Awards provides sponsors with an incomparable setting for a meaningful presence at the first honors of the film awards season.

About the Gotham Film & Media Institute

51 celebrates and nurtures independent film and media creators, providing career-building resources, access to industry influencers, and pathways to wider recognition. The organization, under the leadership of Executive Director and award-winning producer Jeffrey Sharp, fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling 51 through its year-round programs, which include Gotham Week, Gotham International, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Awards, Gotham EDU, Owning It, and Expanding Communities.

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