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NHNZ wins at ATA

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).

The Asian TV Awards ran 2 and 3 December as part of the Singapore Media Festival (26 November – 6 December). The full list of winners is here.

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