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ATA names big list

NHNZ’s sister companies Northern Pictures and Beach House Pictures, along with kid-focused ZooMoo, have 13 nominations for this year’s Asian Television Awards (ATA). Beach House’s 10 nominations make it the most-nominated production company – a slot it’s also held in previous years.

UK-Singapore-based MAKE Productions, founded by expat Kiwi Sarah Macdonald, has seven nominations – five of them in the same category.

All up 267 nominees from 13 countries will compete across the event’s 41 categories,

No NZ production companies are named among the nominees this year, although there is NZ participation in other events running as part of the Singapore Media Festival. SPP CEO Kelly Martin will be one of the on-stage judges for the ATF Formats Pitch, supported by SPP parent all3media. Tickled flies the flag at SGIFF.

At the ATAs, ZooMoo has a pair of nominations for Origanimals, for Best Preschool Programme and Best 3D Animated Programme. In the Best Preschool Programme category, Origanimals goes up against Beach House’s Hiccup and Sneeze and Australian show Hi-5 House!.

Narrated by David Attenborough, Beach House’s Wild City – Islands (pictured, top) is its most-nominated show, with nods in the craft categories for Best Cinematography and Best Direction (Non-Fiction). Beach House’s other craft nomination is for Victor Tang, also in the directing category, for Singapore Stories – Birth of a Marine Park. Tang is one of the cinematographers named for the Wild City nomination.

Wild City – Islands is also up for Best Documentary Programme (One-Off/ Special) and Best Natural History Or Wildlife Programme.

Wild City: Islands trailer

In the Best Lifestyle Programme category, Beach House shows take four of six nomination spots, for Photo Face-Off, China’s Grand Canal: A Photographer’s Journey, A Taste of Hong Kong and Nomad Chef: Up In The Air.

Australia’s Northern Pictures is nominated with Saltwater Heroes for Best Documentary Series. It’s up against titles including MAKE’s Inside the Storm: Lessons from the Boardroom. The show gets a nod in the craft categories for Best Editing,

In the Best Current Affairs Programme category, MAKE has five of eight nominations, for Boat People, Inside the Storm – Kodak and three episodes of Undercover Asia for Channel NewsAsia: Children of the Cybersex Dens, Murder in Paradise and North Korean Slaves.

The Asian TV Awards (ATA) are presented on 1 and 2 December as part of the Singapore Media Festival. Other participating events are the Asia Television Forum & Market (ATF), film conference and market ScreenSingapore, and the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).

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