The nominations for the 20th Asian Television Awards (ATA) are now announced, running to a total of 257 from 13 countries, nominated across 40 categories.
The most nominated single programme is HBO Asia horror miniseries Grace, with eight nominations, which featured NZ actor Joson An (Flat 3). NHNZ sister company Beach House Pictures (BHP) scores 11 nominations for its shows and people, one ahead of last year’s total.
NHNZ has two nominations for season three of Abalone Wars.
For Best Documentary Series it competes against BHP’s Wild City – Hidden Wild. In the Best Director category Max Quinn is nominated for Abalone Wars, competing against expat Sarah Macdonald’s MAKE Productions, for whom Adita Thayi is nominated twice, for The Day The Earth Shook and Danger Zone – Kabul. Also nominated in the category is Australian director Tony Tilse for Grace.
MAKE also has nominations for Ebola Diary in the Best Documentary Programme: One-Off/Special. It’s nominated alongside another MAKE production, Undercover Asia – Cambodia’s Sexual Predators, in the Best Social Awareness Programme category. MAKE’s The Sinking of the Sewol goes up for Best News Programme.
In the Best Natural History Or Wildlife Programme category, Beach House is nominated for Wild City – Hidden Wild.
Series Detox! and Nick Baker’s Eco Malaysia go up against one another twice, in the Best Infotainment Programme and Best Entertainment Presenter/Host cateogries. The Yunnan episode of Detox! has a nomination for Best Lifestyle Programme.
Two BHP shows are nominated in the Best Sports Programme category: Nanjing Calling – The Madwheelers and Singapore’s Finest. Its Zoomoo’s Got Brains goes up against series two of Australian show Hi-5 House for Best Preschool Programme.
Two other Australian shows are nominated in the children’s TV categories. Going head to head in the Best Children’s Programme category are series three of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s Bushwacked! and Beyond’s Wild But True, featuring the son of the late Steve Irwin, Robert.
The winners will be announced at the awards gala ceremonies in Singapore, and are broadcast to a potential audience of c300 million across Asia. Shifting from a primarily Chinese focus on its entertainment programme in recent years, the events will offer up Indonesian World Music Award winner Anggun, K-Pop girl group Secret and Swedish boy band JTR.