Inside the Ambulance shortlisted for a Broadcast Digital Award

Nominations announced for awards ceremony, which takes place 4 July at London’s The Brewery

The changing face of British broadcasting has been highlighted as several new players are nominated in fresh categories at this year’s Broadcast Digital Awards.

A host of new short-form categories have been introduced – Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Factual – with the likes of Snapchat, Vice and The Guardian all picking up nods.

The shortlists  hand Vice UK and online publisher two nominations apiece in the new categories. True-Tube is also up for Best Original Web Channel, in a competitive field that includes Barcroft TV, BBC3, Beano Studios, History Hit and Mashed.

Among other non-traditional entries, The Guardian’s cricket doc Second Innings is up for Best Short Form Doc and Snapchat is nominated for its Avalon and Vertical

Networks-produced dating format Ghost Hunt, along with HuffPost UK’s The Chefs’ Chefs.

The ceremony, which takes place on 4 July at London’s The Brewery, will also feature separate categories for Long Form Comedy and Drama for the first time.

BBC3 dominates the Comedy list, with four nominations, including BBC Studios’ Bafta-winning This Country, while Sky Atlantic has three drama series up for the prize: World Productions’ Save Me, Kudos’ Tin Star and Vertigo/Neal Street’s Britannia.

Another Bafta winner, ITV Studios/Motion Content’s Love Island, is up for both Best Entertainment Programme and Best Digital Support for a Programme, where it will compete with BBC Studios’ Blue Planet II digital campaign, Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge Snapchat campaign, the Brit Awards, BBC4’s Contagion and Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Last year’s winner in the coveted Channel of the Year category, BBC3, is nominated again, alongside BBC4, Comedy Central, E4, Sky Atlantic and Beano Studios, which is also up for Best Web Channel and Best Digital Children’s content.

Broadcast Digital Awards shortlist 2018

Best Comedy Programme

  • Chewing Gum, Retort for E4
  • In the Long Run, Sprout and Green Door for Sky 1
  • Man Like Mobeen, Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC Three
  • Roast Battle UK, Fulwell 73 Productions for Comedy Central
  • The Young Offenders, Vico Films for BBC Three
  • This Country, BBC Studios for BBC Three

Best Content Partnership or AFP

  • All Star Driving School, Rumpus Media for Suzuki and E4
  • Gfinity Elite Series, Noah Media Group and Gfinity for Gfinity and Eleven Sports
  • My Icon: Rainbow Laces , Sky Sports for Stonewall and Sky Sports Mix
  • Positive Energy, Renegade Pictures for Shell and National Geographic Channel
  • The Secrets in My Family, Boundless for Ancestry and W
  • Voltarol – Britain by Bike, Elephant House Studios for Voltarol and Channel 5

Best Digital Children’s Content

  • Beano Studios, Beano Studios for Beano
  • CBeebies Playtime Island, Media Applications Technology for Cbeebies
  • Last Commanders, Objective Media Group Scotland, and Panda TV for CBBC
  • Nikki Lilly Meets, Blakeway North for CBBC
  • Pablo, Paper Owl Films, D3T and Bass Boulos for Cbeebies and RTÉ
  • The Pets Factor, True North Productions for CBBC

Best Digital Support for a Programme

  • Ackley Bridge Snapchat Campaign, That Lot and The Forge for Channel 4
  • Blue Planet II Digital, BBC Worldwide, BBC and BBC Studios for BBC One
  • Celebrity Big Brother 2018: Bolder. Braver. Better. Initial and Endemol Shine UK for Channel 5
  • Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic, 360 Production for BBC Four
  • Love Island – Owning the Summer on Digital, ITV Digital Studio and Monterosa for ITV2
  • The BRIT Awards 2018, Somethin’ Else for ITV

Best Digital Support for a Strand, Channel or Genre

  • BBC Three
  • BBC’s Minds Matter Season
  • Discovery Channel UK
  • MTV Pride
  • Paranormal on Really: Haunted Dolls Live Feed
  • Tomorrow’s World – Global Change Calculator

Best Documentary Programme

Best Drama Programme

Best Entertainment Channel

Best Entertainment Channel

Best Factual Channel

  • BBC Three
  • BBC Four
  • History
  • Quest

Best Original Web Channel

  • Barcroft TV
  • BBC Three
  • Beano
  • History Hit
  • Mashed
  • TrueTube
  • Faking It: Tears of a Crime, Shearwater Media for Investigation Discovery
  • Inside My Head: A Newsround Special, CBBC Production for CBBC
  • Inside the Ambulance, Brown Bob Productions for W
  • Junior Doctors: Blood, Sweat and Tears, BBC Studios for BBC Three
  • Portrait Artist of The Year 2018, Storyvault Films for Sky Arts
  • Valley Cops, Minnow Films for BBC Three

Best Programme Acquisition

  • Ronny Chieng: International Student, BBC Three
  • The Good Fight, More 4
  • The Orville, Fox
  • The Vietnam War, BBC Four
  • The White Princess, Drama
  • Young Sheldon, E4

Best Short Form Comedy

  • Absolutely Fine, Comedy Central International for Comedy Central
  • Bad Snappers, Factory Films for Comedy Central
  • How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant, Vice UK for Vice UK
  • Pls Like, Left Bank Pictures for BBC Three
  • Quickies, BBC Studios for BBC Three
  • Romesh Talking to Comedians, Green Door Pictures for BBC Three

Best Short Form Documentary

  • Ambulance: Difficult Labour, BBC Three for BBC Three
  • Generation Trump, CC-Lab for BBC Three
  • Second Innings, The Guardian for
  • Sex Map of Britain: Desperately Seeking Semen, BBC Studios for BBC Three
  • What Do You Mean I Can’t Change the World? CTVC for

Best Short Form Drama

  • Overshadowed, Rollem Productions for BBC iPlayer and BBC Three
  • Queers, BBC Studios for BBC iPlayer
  • Random Acts: Last Words, Green Rock with Little Dot Studios for Channel 4
  • Screwball! CTVC for
  • The Break, The Comedy Unit for BBC Three

Best Short Form Format

  • Chat Shit Get Elected, Vice UK for Vice UK
  • Eating With My Ex, Shotglass Media for BBC Three
  • Ghost Hunt, Avalon and Vertical Networks for Snapchat
  • Let’s Settle This, BBC Studios Digital for BBC iPlayer
  • The Chefs’ Chefs, Stepping Stone Media for HuffPost UK
  • Things Not to Say Best, Mentorn Media for BBC Three

Best Specialist Channel

  • Beano
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • Crime + Investigation
  • Sky Arts
  • Walter Presents

Best Sports and Live Event Coverage

  • 100 Women, Sky News for Sky News and Twitter
  • BBC Four PROMS 2017: Oklahoma! BBC Studios for BBC Four
  • Eurosport’s Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Eurosport UK
  • Game4Grenfell, Legends TV and Expectation Entertainment for Sky 1
  • Premier League Tonight, Sunset+Vine for BT Sport 1
  • Winter Olympics, BBC Sport and BBC Online for BBC Red Button and BBC Four

Best VR Experience

  • Sponsore by Shooting Partners
  • BBC Earth: Life in VR – Californian Coast BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios Digital and Preloaded for Google Daydream
  • Damming the Nile: BBC for Oculus Go, Gear VR, YouTube, Facebook and the BBC News website
  • From Virtual to Reality: Jonathan Yeo and The World’s First Large Scale, 3D Printed Sculpture, Factory 42 for YouTube, Google Arts & Culture and at the Royal Academy
  • One Deadly Weekend in America VR, Parable for YouTube, Facebook and BBC Taster VR
  • Trending Gold, Jaunt VR for Olympic Channel and Olympic Channel VR
  • Wonderful You VR, BDH Immersive for Oculus and Gear VR Stores

Channel of the Year

  • Sponsored by Babcock
  • BBC Three
  • BBC Four
  • Beano
  • Comedy Central UK
  • E4
  • Sky Atlantic

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