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The Cynopsis Best Of The Best Awards salute excellence in national TV programming, campaigns and more. In addition, we recognize outstanding achievement across teams, platforms, and overall merit in social good, kids, and – new this year – Work From Home and COVID-19 initiatives. 
The Rising Star Awards program highlights stand-out performers, innovators and emerging leaders in the TV Media industry who are 35 years old or younger, but have the passion, talent and creativity to take the industry to new heights.
Winning a Cynopsis trophy is acknowledgement from your peers – and from the leading B2B digital publication in our industry — that your work has risen to the top in entertaining and enriching a broad audience.

Award Categories

  • Content

      Best Adult Animated Series or Special
      Best Adventure Reality Series
      Best App for Kids
      Best Chef-Based Food Reality Series
      Best Competition-based Reality Series
      Best Covid-Related Programming
      Best Documentary Series
      Best Documentary Special
      Best Family-focused Reality Series
      Best Food Reality Series
      Best “Get out the Vote” Programming
      Best Holiday/Stunt Programming
      Best Lifestyle Reality Series
      Best Nature-Focused Preschool Series
      Best Online Interactive Game for Kids
      Best Preschool Series
      Best Public Service Announcement
      Best Real Estate Reality Series
      Best Series for Kids 5-11
      Best Short-form Content
      Best Social Justice Programming
      Best Spin-off Series
      Best Tween Series
      Best Video Game for Preschoolers, Kids, & Tweens
  • Individuals/Groups

      Best Ad-Supported Cable Network
      Best Diversity and Inclusion Practices
      Best New Diversity and Inclusion Hiring Initiative
      Best Social Good Partnership
      Best TV/Video Host
      Company with the Best Work-from-Home Communication with Employees
      Company with the Best Work-from-Home Transition Strategy
      Most Collaborative Work-from-Home Team
  • Marketing Campaigns

      Best Awareness Campaign: Children-Focused
      Best Branded Campaign for Digital, Broadcast or Cable TV
      Best Branded Integration for Digital, Broadcast, or Cable TV
      Best Covid Awareness Campaign
      Best Diversity Awareness Campaign
      Best “Get out the Vote” Campaign
      Best Marketing Campaign for a TV Series, Special or Movie
      Best Multiplatform Branded Campaign
      Best Social Good Awareness Campaign
      Best Social Justice Awareness Campaign
      Best Social Media Campaign
      Best Use of Video/Social Promotion
  • Spotlight

      Best “Get out the Vote” Partnership
      Best AVOD Services
      Best Covid Justice Partnership
      Best of the Best In Kids & Family Podcasts
      Best of the Best In Scripted Series
      Best of the Best In Social Good Episodes
      Best Social Justice Partnership
      Best SVOD Services
  • Join Cynopsis as we honor stand-out performers, innovators and emerging leaders who are 35 years or younger in the TV Media industry. These young professionals’ experience spans research, sports, digital, content and marketing and their work over the past year will be judged by a panel of industry experts.

    Click here to view last year’s Rising Star honorees.


    Early Bird Deadline
    November 19, 2020
    Late Deadline
    December 3, 2020

    All Best of the Best Entries and Rising Star Nominations must be submitted by December 3, 2020.



    The awards are open to all individuals and teams worldwide including: production companies/studios, producers, networks, composers, lyricists, animators, video game developers/producers, mobile & app developers/producers, website developers, e-book creators/producers, licensing companies, marketing companies, pr firms, ad agencies, creative services teams, developers, interactive advertising/media, online film/video, and social content.

    Vendors are also eligible to submit on behalf of a client, and the award program is open to national and international entrants.


    To be eligible, the entry must have taken place (either in part or in full) between October 2019 and November 2020.
    Some of the work must have occurred during this time, but it’s not necessary for it to be completed during the eligibility period.
    Multiple entries are accepted, and a single entry can be submitted in more than one category.



    The price of each primary entry is $399 through Thursday, November 19th.
    If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $200 per category.
    Payment in full must accompany the entry.
    All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.


    Once your entry is submitted and paid, you will be emailed a receipt confirming the payment. The receipt includes payment date, amount and card number.

    You can also download a full invoice that has all the entries paid for listed on it.

    These rates apply to both award entries and Rising Star nominations.

    Entry Process

    Entry Process

    The entry process is completed solely online:
    First, you will be guided through the registration process, and then the nomination (synopsis + supporting materials) and payment processes.

    For Best of the Best Awards Campaign/Content Categories:
    Please include a 400-word synopsis describing your campaign, content, initiative, website (etc.) using the following subheadings:

    • Objectives
    • Strategy
    • Tactics
    • Execution
    • Evaluation of Success/Results/ROI

    While these headings are not mandatory, we do recommend using as many as you can as it relates to your entry. The more information provided, the better!

    Supporting Materials

    Supporting materials should include the evidence of the success of your work.

    Examples include:

    ROI Stats
    Media Coverage
    Press Materials
    Research Documents
    Web Stats


    For sponsorship opportunities, contact:


    Entry Questions? Contact  Josie Smith at josie@cynopsis.com.

    Programming Questions? Contact Robbie Caploe at rcaploe@accessintel.com.