'Downton Abbey' Wins Gold Panda Award at China's Sichuan TV Fest

"Downton Abbey"

China's "Family on the Go" and South Africa's "Hopeville" were also among the 15 honorees from seven countries at the inaugural awards in southwest China.

British period drama Downton Abbey, China's Family on the Go and South Africa's Hopeville were among the 15 winners from seven countries at the inaugural International Gold Panda Awards for TV drama at the Sichuan TV festival in southwest China.

In the best TV series category, ITV's Downton Abbey, produced by NBCUniversal's Carnival Films, won the gold prize, with Family on the Go taking the silver honor, and Hopeville getting the special jury award.

Germany's Generation War won the award for best miniseries or made- for-TV movie.

China is an emerging player in the TV industry. Events like the Sichuan TV festival are increasingly being watched by overseas sales and production outfits.

The awards were established in cooperation with China's national drama channel on CCTV8. The International Gold Panda Awards honor international miniseries, made-for-TV movies and TV series.

Lu Liang, head of the Sichuan TV Festival for dramas and exhibitions, said the winners constituted an elite among worldwide drama.

"This first excellent result will help the Sichuan TV Festival to initiate a very high level cooperation between Chinese TV drama producers and their international colleagues participating in our Festival Drama Forum," said Lu.

The 2013 competition welcomed programs originally intended for broadcast and first aired anywhere in the world between Jan. 1, 2008 and July 31 this year.

The Sichuan TV Festival was founded in 1991. The 12th edition once again took place in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu.