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Over 500 Asian TV industry professionals, including channel heads, stars, showrunners and production personnel gathered at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore Thursday night to award the best of regional television.
Hosted by Malaysian standup comedian Harith Iskander, along with George Young, Sazzy Falak and Stephanie Carrington, this year’s gala was attended by China’s Zhai Tian Lin, Hong Kong’s Selena Li, the Philippines’ Dennis Trillo, Taiwan’s Tien-Hsin, Hsieh Chiung-Hsuan, pop band 2moro, and more.
This year’s ATA saw 1,371 entries from 14 countries across Asia-Pacific. In all, 199 channels from 119 broadcasters, as well as 64 independent production companies, vied for accolades across 38 award categories.
A total of 43 trophies were given out at the awards ceremony, including the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television” trophy presented to Larry Namer, CEO of Metan Global Entertainment Group. Malaysia’s Puteri Balqis Aizizi won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for Balqis, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Chiung-Hsuan took “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for Lonely River. Japan’s TBS won “Best Drama Series” for local ratings record-breaker Naoki Hanzawa, while Spouse for House from Singapore’s Media Corp took “Best Comedy Series.”
Pierre Png won “Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Zero Calling, also from Media Corp, while Rayson Tan won “Best Supporting Actor” for Entangled. Irene Ang of Spouse for House took “Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress.”
New Zealand’s Attitude Pictures also bagged an award for “Best Social Awareness Programme” for Attitude – Unlocking Autism. Simon Yin won “Best Entertainment Host” for Hidden Cities Extreme Season 2 on A&E Networks Asia.
The awards are part of the ongoing Singapore Media Festival, which also comprises the Singapore International Film Festival, Screen Singapore and the Asian Television Forum & Market.
According to organizers, the ATAs reached an audience of over 30 million households across Asia-Pacific, televised regionally on Star World, BBTV, Astro Ria, and broadcasted locally in Singapore on MediaCorp Channel 5.
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