The American Reality Television Awards (ARTAS) is an award ceremony created specifically to reach out and celebrate the efforts and contributions of artists and creators within the Reality Television industry. Also known by the acronym ARTAS, the American Reality Television Awards embraces the spirit of fun and camaraderie, which is an inherent part of what makes this industry what it is. ARTAS values the rich diversity of programming that puts reality on the leading edge of entertainment. When Executive Producers Kristen Moss and Andrew Ward started the formally-titled Reality Television Awards in 2012, their aim was to support, examine, and redefine the art of reality in media by rewarding excellence and recognizing that the public is the heart of the entertainment industry.
Since beginning full operations in 2013, The American Reality Television Awards has awarded hardworking individuals in front of and behind the cameras in all areas in the world of unscripted television. Network, cable, and streaming shows and stars are eligible every year; and the vote is worldwide with an average of 2,000,000 votes in all categories. The 8th Annual American Reality Television Awards will take place in the Spring of 2021.
“According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2019, more than 75% of cable TV’s 25 highest-rated original series were Non-Fiction shows. We’re excited to give our industry something to celebrate during these uncertain times,” said Moss and Ward.
ARTAS’ target audience is those who have a love and fascination for, desire to participate in, and passion for creating reality television.
“We embrace the spirit of fun and camaraderie, which is an inherent part of what makes this industry great. We value the rich diversity of programming that puts reality in media on the leading edge of entertainment,” concluded Moss and Ward.
Regarding plans for the next five years they said, “We see ourselves as the premier awards show for Reality Television and an annual live event broadcast on a major, cable, or streaming network. Star-studded red carpet, energy-rich performances, and collaborations with current reality talent and shows at our future live events. We see the ARTAS as a place for the industry to come together to learn, grow, and foster the Reality TV community.”
The ARTAS uses reality television as a snapshot into the lives of people others may not know and may never come across, but ﬁnd curiosity in. Honoring those who live, tell, and shape these stories has the ability to bring our world just a little closer year after year.
Constantly expanding and changing, the ARTAS started a Humanitarian Award, which eventually birthed the Reality TV Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame. Inductees include Heidi and Spencer Pratt in 2015 and Janice Dickinson in 2016. It has re-birthed the Hall of Fame recipient in 2021, who will be named soon.
For the 8th annual American Reality Television Awards, public voting opened on March 1st. Readers who would like to participate in the voting process or vote for their favorite celebrities can do so by texting ARTAS to 40691.