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Mediacorp bags record haul of 46 awards at 2019 New York Festivals Awards

CNA’s 27 wins during its 20th anniversary a timely affirmation of CNA as a leading news and current affairs brand in Asia

Singapore, 12 April 2019 — Mediacorp, Singapore’s largest content creator and transmedia platform, has won 46 awards at the prestigious New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2019. The two Gold, 13 Silver, eight Bronze, and 23 Finalist accolades make up the largest ever scoop of honours for Mediacorp at the annual competition’s gala ceremony, held at the Wynn Encore, Las Vegas.

Established more than 60 years ago, the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards recognises the best in news, sports, documentary, information and entertainment programmes, including music videos, infomercials and feature films. In this year’s edition, entries were received from 50 countries, making the awards one of the most well-known and widely respected competitions in the world.

Of the 46 awards picked up, 27 were conferred on documentaries from CNA. Leading the pack is CNA’s Refugee Chef, produced in collaboration with independent production house People Factor Studio. The documentary series scored a hat trick of wins (one Gold and two Silver) for its compelling portrayal of the stories of refugees seeking an escape from societies in conflict and how, using treasured family recipes, they rebuilt their lives and changed the way people view Asia through their food.

China on Film (China on the Cusp of Change), produced in partnership with MAKE Productions, was awarded Silver in two categories: ‘Documentary: History & Society’ and ‘Craft: Program – Best Editing’ for its vivid portrayal of the bustling street life of Shanghai's Nanjing Road in 1900, and more intimate vignettes of ordinary Chinese in their homes and at work.

Tham Loke Kheng, CEO, Mediacorp said, “Along with Mediacorp's 10 in-house productions, the winning entries included CNA commissions to independent production houses. This unprecedented level of recognition for Mediacorp on the international stage is testament to the high quality of our made-in-Singapore content by the creative talent in Mediacorp as well as the extended content ecosystem. We look forward to producing more world-class content with our partners across the broader creative community in Singapore.”

Walter Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, Mediacorp, said: “Significantly, CNA’s impressive haul of awards at the New York Festivals serves as a timely affirmation of its stature as one of the leading news and current affairs brands in Asia. When it comes to journalism and documentaries, the team at CNA – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – will always strive to raise the bar with the depth of their understanding and their innovative storytelling.”

Rose Anderson, Executive Director, New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, said, “New York Festivals is proud to recognise the achievements of Mediacorp and CNA.  Their exceptional and innovative programming – especially in the areas of longform documentary and journalism – demonstrating the depth of their subject matter and their storytelling ability, has captured the attention and respect of their audiences and the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Grand Jury. With entries from 53 countries, the 2019 TV & Film Awards was very competitive and our Grand Jury members were impressed by the over-all quality of submissions. Congratulations to the entire team for a brilliant year.”

Viewers may catch the award-winning shows on Mediacorp’s over-the-top streaming service Toggle via See Annex for the complete list of Mediacorp’s wins.


Annex – List of Mediacorp wins at 2019 New York Festivals Awards

No.CategoryTitleAwardProduction company
1Documentary: Cultural IssuesFor The KingGoldIFA Media
2Documentary: HeroesRefugee Chef (Ep 2) – Hmong and HereGoldPeople Factor Studio
3Documentary: Biography/ProfilesRefugee Chef (Ep 1) – Queen of Nordic VietnameseSilverPeople Factor Studio
4Craft: Films/Productions – Best DirectionRefugee Chef (Ep 1) – Queen of Nordic VietnameseSilverPeople Factor Studio
5Documentary: Current AffairsAgainst the ElementsSilverIFA Media
6Documentary: History & SocietyAsian Century S2 (Ep 4) - The Rise and Fall of MujibSilverCNA, Mediacorp
7Documentary: History & SocietyChina On Film (Ep 1) - China On The Cusp of ChangeSilverMAKE Productions Pte Ltd
8Documentary: International AffairsUndercover Asia S5 (Ep 7) - HeistSilverMAKE Productions Pte Ltd
9Documentary: MusicInto The Vault (Ep 1) - Finding Miss FadillahSilverPeddling Pictures
10Documentary: National AffairsDestiny of A Maritime NationSilverCNA, Mediacorp
11Craft: Program – Best EditingChina On Film (Ep 1) - China On The Cusp of ChangeSilverMAKE Productions Pte Ltd
12Digital Short Form – Digital DocumentaryWorkman Diaries – Hong KongSilverAugust Pictures Pte Ltd
13Documentary: Community PortraitsWorkman Diaries – Hong KongSilverAugust Pictures Pte Ltd
14Productions: Society & Social IssuesWorkman Diaries – Hong KongSilverAugust Pictures Pte Ltd
15Documentary: Human ConcernsJasa AktivisSilverSuria, Mediacorp
16Documentary: Climate Change & SustainabilityTalking Point - Can We Ban The Bag?BronzeChannel 5, Mediacorp
17Documentary: Community PortraitsNepal's Child BridesBronzeCNA, Mediacorp
18Documentary: Community PortraitsSingapore After DarkBronzePeddling Pictures
19Documentary: Editorial/ViewpointRegardless of ClassBronzeCNA, Mediacorp

Documentary: Health/Medical Information

Butterfly ChildrenBronzeVery! Pte Ltd
21Documentary: HeroesAgainst the ElementsBronzeIFA Media
22Craft: Program - Best CameraworkInside Our FactoriesBronzeIFA Media
23Craft: Program – Best Performance by an ActressBondaBronzeSuria, Mediacorp
24News: Program - Best Coverage of Continuing News StoryGet Real: Escape From MarawiFinalistCNA, Mediacorp
25Documentary: Cultural IssuesTapestry: The Heart of ASEAN (Ep 3) - ASEAN's Textile TreasuresFinalistCNA, Mediacorp
26Documentary: Current AffairsThe New Silk Road Season 3 (Ep 3) - The Iran DealFinalistCNA, Mediacorp
27Documentary: National AffairsBlueprint For Survival (Ep 1) - 1985 RecessionFinalistCNA, Mediacorp
28Documentary: Science & TechnologySingapore ReimaginedFinalistVery! Pte Ltd

Films: Feature/Documentary/Short – Feature Documentaries

Singapore After DarkFinalistPeddling Pictures
30Documentary: Human ConcernsUndercover Asia S5 (Ep 8) - Fighting Slavery From SpaceFinalistMAKE Productions Pte Ltd
31Craft: Program – Best EditingJust Like YouFinalistOchre Pictures
32Digital Short-Form – Digital DramaThe Fifth FloorFinalistOchre Pictures
33Documentary: Biography/ProfilesSuper OctogenariansFinalistVery! Pte Ltd
34Entertainment Program – Lifestyle ProgramSuper OctogenariansFinalistVery! Pte Ltd
35Documentary: Human ConcernsForgotten YouthFinalistThreesixzero Productions Pte Ltd
36Documentary: Social IssuesWorkman DiariesFinalistAugust Pictures Pte Ltd
37Entertainment Program: DramaGuru Paarvai 4FinalistBlue River Pictures
38Documentary: Community Service ProgramsKembara Kasih 3FinalistFilmat36 (S) Pte Ltd
39Craft: Program – Best Performance by an ActorMekah Di HatiFinalistFlipside Stories Pte Ltd
40Craft: Program – Best Performance by an ActressMekah Di HatiFinalistFlipside Stories Pte Ltd
41Craft: Program – Best ScreenplaySR115FinalistPapahan Films
42Digital short-form – Digital DramaSR115FinalistPapahan Films
43Entertainment Program – Drama SR115FinalistPapahan Films
44Entertainment Special – Drama SpecialBondaFinalistPoetry in Motion Pte Ltd
45Entertainment Special – Variety SpecialProjek Kasih 2018FinalistMediacorp Eaglevision
46Documentary: Social IssuesJada AktivisFinalistXTREME Media Pte Ltd


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