A Broadcast Program is defined as any project that was produced specifically to be viewed and delivered to viewers via over-the-air, pay or basic cable, satellite transmissions, or posting to the Internet. Unless otherwise noted in the specific category description, the following project types fall under this heading:
- Television Series: Multiple episodes (minimum three, except for series canceled before completing three episodes) in which theme, story line and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. Visual effects produced solely for a main title sequence are not eligible, nor are clip shows, year-enders, “best-ofs” and anniversary specials that repurpose material that aired previously.
- Movies of the Week or a “Made for Television” Movie: A non-episodic program created specifically for broadcast on television, pay/basic cable, or satellite channel.
- Miniseries: A limited-run program of at least two episodes, but less than the current standard TV series season, which may be a serialized drama or anthology program with stories based on a particular theme. For the purposes of these Awards, only a single episode may be submitted for consideration. Submissions combining episodes are not allowed.
- Specials: A one-time piece of entertainment programming, not including commercials, which is promoted and advertised as a “Special” but not a “Special Presentation” of an ongoing television series.
- Commercials: A piece whose primary purpose is to promote a product or a message.
- Internet: An original project created specifically for posting to the Internet. Projects that were repurposed or re-edited from previously broadcast programs or motion pictures are not eligible.
- Pilots: Considered to be regular episodic programs for the purposes of these awards.