|Awarded for||Cable Television|
|First awarded||1978 (ended 1997)|
The CableACE Award (earlier known as the ACE Awards; ACE was an acronym for Award for Cable Excellence) was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programming.
It was created by the National Cable Television Association to serve as a cable television counterpart to the Emmy Award, which before the 1987-88 season did not recognize cable programming. The actual trophy was a large trophy made of glass blown and cut into the shape of the Ace of Spades. By 1997, the Emmys had long included cable television programming, making the CableACEs redundant. In April of 1998, NCTA members voted to cancel the awards and they were never held again. 
Professionals in the Television industry were randomly selected to be judges. A Universal City hotel would be selected where several rooms would be rented for the day. Individual rooms would be designated for each award category. Judges were discouraged from leaving the rooms at any time during the day long judging. There were usually 8 to 12 judges for each category. Depending on the submissions being presented, facilitators would play anywhere from 10 minutes per show - to the entire show - for the judges' award consideration Judges would mark their ballots privately and were told to not discuss their selections with other judges. The tallying of the votes was conducted by a specially hired firm, so judges did not know who won until they attended the Awards Show in person.
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