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Discovery Wins Big at Asian Television Awards

SINGAPORE — Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific was the big winner at the 20th Asian Television Awards in Singapore.

Discovery won Cable & Satellite channel of the year and Cable & Satellite Network of the yearbesides best documentary series for “Abalone Wars 3”, best natural history or wildlife programme for “Revealed: Rann of Kutch”, and Tong Yi-Jian and Liu Shi-Chuan receiving best cinematography for “The Minority.”

As always, Singapore’s MediaCorp was amongst the awards, winning terrestrial broadcaster of the year and its subsidiary Channel News Asia winning terrestrial channel of the year.

The MediaCorp produced “Danger Zone – Kabul”, broadcast on Channel News Asia, won best documentary programme (one-off special) and the program also won best director for Aditya Thayi.

“Little People Big Dreams”, another MediaCorp production broadcast on Channel News Asia, won best social awareness program. Yet another collaboration between the two, this time together with Beach House Pictures, “Singapore’s Finest”, won best sports programme.

MediaCorp’s “The Journey: Tumultuous Times,” broadcast on Singapore’s Channel 8, won best theme song for Jim Lim.

Elsewhere, China featured prominently, with the Shanghai Media Group winning best comedy show for “Live to Laugh Show”, the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation’s “Super Combat Teams” winning best general entertainment programme, and Hunan Broadcasting System’s “I Am A Singer” season 3 winning best music programme.

China was rampant in the acting categories too with Zhang Jia-Yi winning best actor in a leading role for Shanghai Media Group’s “Forty-Nine Days Memory” and Zhou Xun won best actress for Dongyang Flower Film & TV Culture Co’s “Red Sorghum.”

Singaporean veteran Lim Kay-Tong was named best actor in a supporting role for HBO Asia’s “Grace” and Nusba Punnakanta the best actress equivalent for Bangkok Broadcasting & T.V. Co’s “The Secret Truth.” “Grace” also won best editing for Steve Evans.

Ivana Wong won best comedy performance by an actor/actress for Television Broadcasts, Hong Kong’s “Come On, Cousin.”

Huang Yu-Chia won best screenplay for Hakka Television Station, Taiwan’s “Message Seen.”

Korea wasn’t far behind, winning best drama series for CJ E&M’s “The Incomplete” and MBC winning best single drama or telemovie for “Spinster Diaries”.

The global news agencies carved up the news categories amongst them with CNBC Asia Pacific winning best news programme for “Squawk Box Asia”; BBC World News winning best single news Tory/Report for “China’s Stolen Children – Babies for Sale Online”; and Al Jazeera English winning best current affairs programme for “101 East: Afghanistan’s Billion Dollar Drug War.”

Other winners include Sony for best adaptation of an existing format for “Asia’s Got Talent,” Brand New Media Singapore’s “Stretch or Splurge” “Sydney” in the best digital fiction and non-fiction programme/series category and Infocus Asia’s “Origins of Food: Nuodeng Ham,” the best lifestyle program category, among several other awards.

The ceremony, at Singapore’s Sun Tec City, was a typically glitzy affair with live performances from Taiwanese balladeer Jeff Chang, Indonesian-French chanteuse Anggun, Swedish boy-band JTR and Korean girl band Secret enlivening the proceedings.

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