Asian Television Awards: ‘Descendants,’ ‘Green’ Share Top Honors

Hit Korean series “Descendants of the Sun” took the top honor at the Asian Television Awards. On Friday night it was named best drama series. Earning a hefty five awards to be the numerical winner, was Taiwanese series “A Touch of Green.”

The awards were presented over two consecutive evenings at the Suntec Convention Center in Singapore. They are held in conjunction with the ongoing Singapore Media Festival.

The second Friday night saw the presentation of awards in the more artistic categories and drew plenty of fan action. Fans, mostly female, were at their noisiest for the red carpet arrivals of Amber Liu and JJ Lin. The sit-down dinner on Thursday gave out prizes in the more technical categories, but was scarcely quieter, with more than 30 tables of company executives cheering on their colleagues.

Presenters included Stephanie Carrington, Fiona Su, Adrian Pang and Alden Richards. Baki Zainal hosting. Musical interludes included one from Charli XCX, whose tunes have sold 33 million singles, and Ivy Grace Parades, from the Philippines. Both earned huge cheers and frantic waving of fluorescent wands by the fans.

The more serious stuff saw “Masterchef Asia” from Singapore win a prize for best adaptation of an existing format, best original screenplay go to Huan Shi-Ming for “A Touch of Green.

The prize for best single drama or telemovie went to “Tulus Ikhlas” from Malaysia. And while “Descendants” unsurprisingly claimed the drama prize, Singapore’s “The Dream Makers 2” came a close second with the local crowd.

Among the corporations, the award for terrestrial broadcaster of the year went to Singapore’s MediaCorp, while terrestrial channel of the year was PTS Public Television Service Foundation from Taiwan. Al Jazeera English, which is based in Qatar and has its Asian HQ in Malaysia, was named cable & satellite channel of the year.

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