The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will again recognise interactive television produced around the world in its International Interactive Emmy Awards.

The Academy is calling for entries which must have been created and designed specifically for viewer interaction and been predominately produced and aired outside the United States during the previous year.

The International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences International Interactive Emmy Awards. Photo: © 2006 Missionning/MIPTV.

There are three categories: interactive programme, channel and service. Presentations may be entered in any language, but programmes not in English must be dubbed or subtitled. A copy of the presentation on an NTSC Beta SP cassette will be required for all presentations selected to compete in the final round of judging.

The deadline for submissions is 11 December 2006. Nominations will be announced in February and the winners will be announced at MIPTV in Cannes in the south of France in April 2007.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies.

The Academy was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television programming. The first international interactive Emmy awards were presented in 2006.

The main International Emmy Awards will be presented in New York in November, following an international television festival.