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Singapore wins big at the 2015 Asian Television Awards

By Deborah WeeEvents - 07 December 2015 11:00 AM | Updated 9:51 AM

Singapore wins big at the 2015 Asian Television Awards

The evening of 3 December saw actors, producers and directors from all over Asia gathered at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre to honour the finest in Asian television for a second night. K-pop girl group ‘Secret’, Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang and other international artistes further electrified the awards gala by performing to roaring crowds.

Hosted by Allan Wu, Joey Mead King, Max Loong and Munah Bagharib, the Asian Television Awards celebrated its 20th year by being broadcast live for the first time to more than 20 countries. A record number of 1,416 submissions were received for the 40 award categories, and an international panel of 63 judges selected the winners for the night.

Host country Singapore clinched a sizeable share of the awards.

MediaCorp took home ‘Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year’, with CEO Shaun Seow accepting the award. “We’re really spurred by this award,” Seow said on behalf of his peers, noting that the “vote of confidence” has further motivated MediaCorp to produce quality programmes, “We will continue to produce kick-ass content and we promise to deliver even more awesome stuff.”

Channel NewsAsia also picked up the award for ‘Terrestrial Channel of the Year’.

Local actor Lim Kay Tong drew loud applause from the home audience when he won ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for his performance in HBO Asia’s ‘Grace’. One of Singapore's most respected actors, Lim was happy to note in his acceptance speech that while HBO is an international company, “the bulk of the people behind ‘Grace’ are Singaporeans, from production team to cast and crew. So I thank HBO Asia for having placed their trust in Singaporean talent.”

Singaporean productions were also honoured, with ‘Origins of Food: Nuodeng Ham’ winning ‘Best Lifestyle Programme’ and ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ clinching ‘Best Adaptation of an Existing Format’. Channel NewsAsia’s Aditya Thayi took home the ‘Best Direction’ award for helming ‘Danger Zone – Kabul’.

China clinched the awards for lead actors, with Zhang Jia-Yi winning ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for ‘Forty-nine Days Memory’ and Zhou Xun winning ‘Best Actress’ for ‘Red Sorghum’. Zhou, one of the most recognisable actresses in China, was unable to attend the ceremony but accepted her award with a recorded video message. Thai actress Nusba Punnakanta picked up ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for ‘The Secret Truth’.

Throughout the ceremony, an impressive line-up of international artistes revved up the crowd with high octane performances. French-Indonesian singer Anggun kicked off the night’s music segments with her performance of ‘Saviour’. The hit single was featured in the soundtrack of the action blockbuster ‘Transporter 2’. Swedish boy band JTR also energised the crowd with their up-tempo performance of ‘Centre of Everywhere’.

In line with the celebration of television achievement, Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang captivated the crowd by performing two songs from Asian television dramas; his own “Love You Is Right” from the Chinese series ‘Swords of Legends’, and a Mandarin rendition of Lyn’s “My Destiny” from the hit Korean romance series ‘My Love from the Star’.

Ending the final segments of the awards ceremony with a bang was South Korean girl group ‘Secret’, which thrilled hordes of screaming fans by performing two of their hit songs. Members Jun Hyoseong, Jung Hana, Song Jieun and Han Sunhwa, all dressed up in matching peach-coloured outfits, sang and danced to “I’m In Love” and “Love Is Move” to a roaring crowd.

The 20th Asian Television Awards will be broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5 on Saturday, 5 December 2015 at 9.30pm.

The winners of the second night of the Asian Television Awards are:

Best Reality Show: ‘National Geographic Covershot Maximum City’ (India)

Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress: Ivana Wong, ‘Come On, Cousin’ (Hong Kong)

Best Lifestyle Programme: ‘Origins of Food: Nuodeng Ham’ (Singapore)

Best Music Programme: ‘I Am A Singer Season 3’ (China)

Best Entertainment Presenter/Host: Nick Baker, ‘Nick Baker’s Eco Malaysia’ (Hong Kong)

Best Adaptation of an Existing Format: ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ (Singapore)

Best Direction: Aditya Thayi, ‘Danger Zone – Kabul’ (Singapore)

Best Single Drama or Telemovie: ‘Spinster Diaries’ (Korea)

Best Drama Series: ‘Incomplete’ (Korea)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nusba Punnakanta, ‘The Secret Truth’ (Thailand)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Lim Kay Tong, ‘Grace’ (Singapore)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Zhou Xun, ‘Red Sorghum’ (China)

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Zhang Jia-Yi, ‘Fourty-nine Days Memory’ (China)

Terrestrial Channel of the Year: Channel NewsAsia

Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year: Discovery