The Producers Guild of America is splitting up its long-form television category for the next year’s awards, the guild announced Wednesday.
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer in Long-Form Television will be changed to Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television, with a second award will be created for Streamed and Televised Movies.
“Long-form television has exploded in recent years with exciting, daring new programming and new voices. This shift in our industry has given producers the opportunity to deepen their skills in creating limited series shows and streamed or televised movies. By expanding our Producers Guild Awards long-form program category into two separate categories, we acknowledge their stellar work in both genres,” said PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher.
The 2019 Producers Guild Awards takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. Both awards will be presented on stage.
Similar to the Television Academy, the PGA defines a limited series as a program with two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 minutes that tells a complete, non-recurring story, and does not have an on-going storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons. At least 50 percent of the episodes must originally release within the Eligibility Period.
A streamed/televised movie is defined as an original program, which tells a story with a beginning, middle and end, and is originally released in one part. The movie must not have had a theatrical release prior to its streamed or televised release.