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ATA winners, part one

NHNZ’s two nominations at last night’s Asian Television Awards went the same way as the company’s nomination at the NZ TV Awards – not converting into wins.

After Our Big Blue Backyard missed out at the NZ bash to Razor Films’ Why Am I? – The Science of Us, NHNZ’s two nominations in Singapore (for series 2 of Our Big Blue Backyard and Smart China) competed with one another and with Frontier Borneo, made by NHNZ’s Singapore-based sister company for Best Documentary Series. The win went to Korean show Lost Humans, but Our Big Blue Backyard was given a commendation.

Expat Sarah Macdonald’s MAKE Productions also saw its nomination go no further, as Kidnapped was beaten to the Best Current Affairs Programme gong by Al Jazeera English’s The Boy Who Started the Syrian War.

Aussie finalists suffered similar fates except for Fruit Ninja, which took away Best 3D Animated Programme award – although the win was for Indian production company, Toonz Entertainment.

All up 267 nominees from 19 countries are competing at this year’s Asian TV Awards , which run in two parts (last night and tonight).