ITV Studios creative director Lee Connolly will lead the team of judges at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft and Design Awards.

The former Blind Date producer, who exec produced the Royal Variety Performance in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, replaces CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor in the role.

The RTS Craft & Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production.

Awards are presented in 11 categories including: Design, Make Up Design, Costume Design, Production Design, Effects, Directors, Photography, Lighting and Multicamera, Sound, Editing and Music.

In addition, there are three awards given at the discretion of the Judges: Design & Craft Innovation, Judges’ and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The RTS Craft Awards is now open for nominations.

All entries must be submitted using the RTS Online Awards Entry System by Friday, 1 September 2017.

The RTS Craft and Design Awards will be presented on Monday 27 November 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.