The 2013 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards ran over two nights at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.
David Haslingden’s stable of NHNZ, Singapore’s Beach House Pictures and Australia’s Northern Pictures were all in the frame going in.
Northern Pictures was nominated with Fredbird Entertainment for Once Upon a Time in Cabramattaand picked up a Gold United Nations award and a Silver World medal in the Community Portraits category.
Beach House was nominated for three shows in four categories, coming away with two gold awards for Mao’s Cold War in the Television – Craft: Program Best Writing and Television Documentary/Information Program History & Society categories.
The Singapore-based company also took a silver for The Great Elephant Gathering in the Television – Documentary/Information Program Nature & Wildlife. Gold in that category went to NHNZ, for Primeval New Zealand. The NYF gong is the sixth international award the show has collected.
NHNZ was also celebrating this week the commissioning of a second series of Abalone Wars from Discovery. The renewal was hardly a major surprise, as the first season became the highest-ever rating local production for Discovery Channel in Australia and NZ, having premiered as the #1 locally-produced factual series of the year and #1 factual program across all key demographics.
The other Kiwi winner was Imagination Television, which picked up a Silver World Medal for its Wild Life At The Zoo in the Television – Documentary/Information Program category.
Other Kiwi companies to make the NYF finals were SPP, with nominations for Nothing Trivial and The Almighty Johnsons; the downlowconcept for Hounds; Imagination Television for Wild Life At The Zoo; and Red Sky Film & Television for Inside Child Poverty.
SPP’s Simon Bennett and Golem Productions’ Ilja Ruppeldt were among the judges.