The 4th annual Royalty Soapie Awards ceremony will be South Africa’s first awards ceremony recorded in a studio environment since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ceremony will be recorded in-studio under strict safety measures with no in-venue physical audience invited with social distancing measures in place for the on-site crew members.
“The entertainment sector has played a vital role in offering escapism in these trying and unprecedented times. We felt the need to find means to honour and celebrate the talent and to encourage new talent within the television industry,” says Winnie Ntshaba, Founder and CEO of the RSAs.
She added: “We yield the call to productions to take part as submissions for entries open on 16 July and close on 30 July.”
“Each year, we see storytelling evolve with the production quality, creativity and excellence peaking high. We hope to continue shining light to the arts by celebrating the actors that make each scene seem effortless, from those who are bold to pen down their imagination and to the unsung heroes behind the scenes,” says Winnie.
The announcement comes after the Risa announced on Monday that the 2020 Sama awards will take place virtually and be split into five episodes.
In April, the winners of the 14th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) was also announced virtually after the ceremony was cancelled in March.