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Deadline: March 9

CHICAGO, January 18, 2011 - The Hugo Television Awards, now in its 48th year, is accepting entries for the 2012 competition. Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, the Hugo TV Awards is an international competition that honors the finest television productions and commercials as they vie for the top prize, the Gold Hugo. 

The Hugo Television Awards is accepting entries in the following categories: Individual Television Productions, Television Series, Television Commercials, Commercial Campaigns, Special Achievement, Online/Viral Commercials and Online-based television programming. Deadline for submissions is March 9th, 2012. The 2012 winners will be honored at the Hugo Television Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 19. 

Last year’s Hugo Television Awards honored a diverse group of television productions and commercials from around the world. Among the many exceptional pieces, Gold Hugos were awarded to DDB’s “Joe and Frank” McDonald’s commercial, Hungry Man’s “Release the Hounds” Audi commercial, mcgarrybowen’s “Pick a Side” Miracle Whip commercial campaign, and Radio Television Hong Kong’s dramatic series “The Moment.” The Audience Choice Award went to Euro RSCG’s “Cougar Phone” spot for Hornito’s.

In addition to the competition, the Hugo Television Awards annually presents Career Achievement Awards to persons and companies that have had a lasting impact on television productions and commercials. Last year, awards were presented to Shawn Ryan, creator of “The Shield” and “The Chicago Code,” and TV commercial powerhouse These recipients joined the Hugo Television Awards’ prestigious list of past honorees, including Bill Kurtis, David Fanning of FRONTLINE, Joe Pytka, Towers Productions, Hungry Man, Kartemquin Films, and many others.


In addition to the Hugo Television Awards ceremony in April, select winners from the television commercial competition will be screened in the “Best of the Hugo TV Awards” program at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival in October. The free screening will provide additional exposure and recognition for winning commercials to the annual Festival audience.

Rules, regulations, and entry forms can be found by visiting and clicking on the “TV” entry button.


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Hugo Television Awards is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth Festival, Intercom Competition, International Summer Screenings Program, Black Perspectives and Educational Outreach.