Beating out competition which included Singapore-based sister company Beach House Pictures (BHP), NHNZ’s Discovery show Abalone Wars (pictured, top) took the Asian Television Awards gong for Best Documentary Series.
BHP took a Highly Commended nod in the category for Wild City – Hidden Wild.
BHP went into the awards with 11 nominations across the event’s 40 categories, and left well-rewarded. In addition to the award in the Documentary Series category, BHP also collected six other awards. It won Best Sports Programme (Singapore’s Finest) and Best Entertainment Presenter/Host (Nick Baker, Nick Baker’s Eco Malaysia) and also took commendations in those categories for Nanjing Calling – The Madwheelers (Sports) and Bobby Chinn (Presenter/Host).
Wild City – Hidden Wild took a second commendation in the Best Natural History Or Wildlife Programme category, while Zoomoo’s Got Brains was commended in the Preschool Programme category.
Expat producer Sarah Macdonald’s MAKE Productions took a win for Danger Zone – Kabul. Adita Thayi took the Best Director award, is nominated twice, for The Day The Earth Shook and Danger Zone – Kabul. MAKE’s Undercover Asia – Cambodia’s Sexual Predators received a commendation in the Best Social Awareness Programme category.
Australian director Tony Tilse received a commendation in the Best Director category for Grace. With eight nominations, Grace was the most-nominated programme going into the awards. The HBO Asia mini-series featuring NZ actor Joson An converted five nominations into awards or commendations.
Other Australian nominees had a good night, with Hi-5 House Series 2 winning Best Preschool Programme. Beyond’s Wild But True and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s Bushwacked! both commended in the Best Children’s Programme category (which Bushwacked! won last year).