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 toggle.sg/videos. See Annex for the complete list of Mediacorp’s wins.

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About Mediacorp

Mediacorp is Singapore’s largest content creator and transmedia platform, operating seven TV channels, 11 radio stations and multiple digital platforms including CNA, Singapore's most used news app, and Toggle, its digital video platform. Its mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.

Mediacorp pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, it reaches 99% of Singaporeans in four languages and has a growing Asian audience base through CNA as well as entertainment content that is distributed across markets in the region.

The Mediacorp Partner Network brings Mediacorp together with industry-leading brands like ESPN, Edipresse Media and 99.co to deliver rich content for consumers and effective solutions for advertisers.

Mediacorp is the recipient of industry accolades including New York Festivals, World Media Festivals, PromaxBDA (World and Asia) and Asian Academy Creative Awards.

For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg.

 

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

No.

Category

Title

Award

Production company

1

Documentary: Cultural Issues

For The King

Gold

IFA Media

2

Documentary: Heroes

Refugee Chef (Ep 2) – Hmong and Here

Gold

People Factor Studio

3

Documentary: Biography/Profiles

Refugee Chef (Ep 1) – Queen of Nordic Vietnamese

Silver

People Factor Studio

4

Craft: Films/Productions – Best Direction

Refugee Chef (Ep 1) – Queen of Nordic Vietnamese

Silver

People Factor Studio

5

Documentary: Current Affairs

Against the Elements

Silver

IFA Media

6

Documentary: History & Society

Asian Century S2 (Ep 4) - The Rise and Fall of Mujib

Silver

CNA, Mediacorp

7

Documentary: History & Society

China On Film (Ep 1) - China On The Cusp of Change

Silver

MAKE Productions Pte Ltd

8

Documentary: International Affairs

Undercover Asia S5 (Ep 7) - Heist

Silver

MAKE Productions Pte Ltd

9

Documentary: Music

Into The Vault (Ep 1) - Finding Miss Fadillah

Silver

Peddling Pictures

10

Documentary: National Affairs

Destiny of A Maritime Nation

Silver

CNA, Mediacorp

11

Craft: Program – Best Editing

China On Film (Ep 1) - China On The Cusp of Change

Silver

MAKE Productions Pte Ltd

12

Digital Short Form – Digital Documentary

Workman Diaries – Hong Kong

Silver

August Pictures Pte Ltd

13

Documentary: Community Portraits

Workman Diaries – Hong Kong

Silver

August Pictures Pte Ltd

14

Productions: Society & Social Issues

Workman Diaries – Hong Kong

Silver

August Pictures Pte Ltd

15

Documentary: Human Concerns

Jasa Aktivis

Silver

Suria, Mediacorp

16

Documentary: Climate Change & Sustainability

Talking Point - Can We Ban The Bag?

Bronze

Channel 5, Mediacorp

17

Documentary: Community Portraits

Nepal's Child Brides

Bronze

CNA, Mediacorp

18

Documentary: Community Portraits

Singapore After Dark

Bronze

Peddling Pictures

19

Documentary: Editorial/Viewpoint

Regardless of Class

Bronze

CNA, Mediacorp

20

Documentary: Health/Medical Information

Butterfly Children

Bronze

Very! Pte Ltd

21

Documentary: Heroes

Against the Elements

Bronze

IFA Media

22

Craft: Program - Best Camerawork

Inside Our Factories

Bronze

IFA Media

23

Craft: Program – Best Performance by an Actress

Bonda

Bronze

Suria, Mediacorp

24

News: Program - Best Coverage of Continuing News Story

Get Real: Escape From Marawi

Finalist

CNA, Mediacorp

25

Documentary: Cultural Issues

Tapestry: The Heart of ASEAN (Ep 3) - ASEAN's Textile Treasures

Finalist

CNA, Mediacorp

26

Documentary: Current Affairs

The New Silk Road Season 3 (Ep 3) - The Iran Deal

Finalist

CNA, Mediacorp

27

Documentary: National Affairs

Blueprint For Survival (Ep 1) - 1985 Recession

Finalist

CNA, Mediacorp

28

Documentary: Science & Technology

Singapore Reimagined

Finalist

Very! Pte Ltd

29

Films: Feature/Documentary/Short – Feature Documentaries

Singapore After Dark

Finalist

Peddling Pictures

30

Documentary: Human Concerns

Undercover Asia S5 (Ep 8) - Fighting Slavery From Space

Finalist

MAKE Productions Pte Ltd

31

Craft: Program – Best Editing

Just Like You

Finalist

Ochre Pictures

32

Digital Short-Form – Digital Drama

The Fifth Floor

Finalist

Ochre Pictures

33

Documentary: Biography/Profiles

Super Octogenarians

Finalist

Very! Pte Ltd

34

Entertainment Program – Lifestyle Program

Super Octogenarians

Finalist

Very! Pte Ltd

35

Documentary: Human Concerns

Forgotten Youth

Finalist

Threesixzero Productions Pte Ltd

36

Documentary: Social Issues

Workman Diaries

Finalist

August Pictures Pte Ltd

37

Entertainment Program: Drama

Guru Paarvai 4

Finalist

Blue River Pictures

38

Documentary: Community Service Programs

Kembara Kasih 3

Finalist

Filmat36 (S) Pte Ltd

39

Craft: Program – Best Performance by an Actor

Mekah Di Hati

Finalist

Flipside Stories Pte Ltd

40

Craft: Program – Best Performance by an Actress

Mekah Di Hati

Finalist

Flipside Stories Pte Ltd

41

Craft: Program – Best Screenplay

SR115

Finalist

Papahan Films

42

Digital short-form – Digital Drama

SR115

Finalist

Papahan Films

43

Entertainment Program – Drama 

SR115

Finalist

Papahan Films

44

Entertainment Special – Drama Special

Bonda

Finalist

Poetry in Motion Pte Ltd

45

Entertainment Special – Variety Special

Projek Kasih 2018

Finalist

Mediacorp Eaglevision

46

Documentary: Social Issues

Jada Aktivis

Finalist

XTREME Media Pte Ltd