Quality content drives big wins for Mediacorp at 2016 New York Festivals Awards

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Quality content drives big wins for Mediacorp at 2016 New York Festivals Awards

Singapore, 20 April 2016 – Singapore media company Mediacorp won 21 awards at the prestigious New York Festivals TV and Film Awards 2016, held last evening at Las Vegas’ Westgate Resort and Casino Hotel. The 21 medals – 6 Gold, 7 Silver, and 8 Bronze – came largely from Channel NewsAsia which bagged 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze awards. The awards underscore Mediacorp’s commitment to engage, entertain and enrich its audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.

Channel NewsAsia’s investigative series, Undercover Asia, where reporters go undercover to expose the secret underbelly of Asia was awarded seven medals by a global panel of judges. The other winning titles include The Worlds of Georgette Chen, the first mega docudrama series on a pioneer Singapore artist whose extraordinary life spanned three continents, and Boat People – Journey to Hell, an investigative documentary exploring the plight of the Rohingya people who have been fleeing Myanmar over the past few years. 

Mediacorp’s Travel SSBD, a programme  targeting the youth, clinched a Gold for Online Entertainment Program.  The show speaks to a new breed of travelers with a “same, same but different” taste for experience and is hosted by popular Mediacorp radio deejay, Sonia Chew.  Mediacorp’s English television channel, Channel 5 won two Silver awards in the Animation and Production Design categories.

Mok Choy Lin, Vice President, Network Programme & Promotions, Channel NewsAsia said, “This is the biggest medal haul at the Festivals to date for Channel NewsAsia.  We are proud to win honour in various genres - the channel’s landmark investigative series, Undercover Asia; a series on women, Bring Back Our Girls, and our first ever feature-length documentary, Little People Big Dreams.”

“New York Festivals is proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of Mediacorp,” said Rose Anderson, Executive Director, New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards. “Their exceptional and innovative programming -  from documentary and journalism to drama– 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 International TV & Film Awards Grand Jury. Congratulations on a brilliant year.”

New York Festivals was established 59 years ago and its International Television and Film Awards recognise the ‘World’s Best TV & Film’ in news, sports, documentary, information and entertainment programme as well as in music videos, infomercials, promotion spots and others. Entries were received from over 50 different countries making the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards one of the most well-known and widely respected competitions in the world.

Viewers can catch a selection of Channel NewsAsia winning documentaries starting Friday, 22 April and on toggle.sg/videos – at your own time and convenience.

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About Mediacorp

Mediacorp has the widest range of media platforms in Singapore spanning digital, television, radio, print and out-of-home media. 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 the radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, the company has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to virtually all adults in Singapore weekly.

Mediacorp is an active regional player through Channel NewsAsia International, drama co-productions and collaborations in magazine publishing and online media. Its investments include majority share in Kapanlagi Network, Indonesia’s largest independent digital media and in Malaysia’s digital games publisher Cubinet Interactive. It also has stakes in Reebonz, one of the region’s fastest growing luxury online retailers, and Vietnam television’s International Media Corporation.

Mediacorp was named Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year for the 12th time at the Asian Television Awards in 2015.

See Annexe 1 for the complete list of Mediacorp’s wins. 

For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg.

Media contact
Yeong Lai Lai
Senior Manager, Brand and Communications, MediaCorp
Tel:         (65) 6350 3945
E-mail: yeonglailai@mediacorp.com.sg


Annexe 1

Winners’ Credit List

 

New York Film Festival 2016 Wins

 

Title

Status

Category

Entrant

1

TravelSSBD

Gold World Medal

Online Entertainment Program

Youth Segment

2

Undercover Asia - Voices Under the Mango Tree

Gold World Medal

TV Documentary/Info Program: Current Affairs

Channel NewsAsia

3

Undercover Asia
[Selected eps: Voices Under the Mango Tree,
Cambodia's Sexual Predators, Black Lungs]

Gold World Medal

TV News Program: Best Nonfiction Series

Channel NewsAsia

4

Bring Back Our Girls - Flight of the Falcons

Gold World Medal

TV Documentary/Info Program: Community Portraits

Channel NewsAsia

5

Bring Back Our Girls teaser

Gold World Medal

TV Promo/Open & IDs: Documentary/ Program  Promos

Channel NewsAsia

6

Little People Big Dreams

Gold World Medal

Film & Video – Film Production: Documentaries

Channel NewsAsia

7

Undercover Asia - Black Lungs

Silver World Medal

TV Documentary /Info Program: Health/Medical Info

Channel NewsAsia

8

Undercover Asia - The Organ Bazaar

Silver World Medal

TV Documentary /Info Program: Social Issues

Channel NewsAsia

9

Sumatra's Last Tigers

Silver World Medal

TV Documentary/Info Program: Nature & Wildlife

Channel NewsAsia

10

The Worlds of Georgette Chen
[Eps: Love in Autumn, Dark Passage in Winter, Deathless Days in Summer]

Silver World Medal

Documentary /Info Program: Docudrama

Channel NewsAsia

11

Boat People - Journey to Hell

Silver World Medal

TV Documentary /Info Program: National/International Affairs

Channel NewsAsia

12

Undercover Asia - Voices Under the Mango Tree

Silver World Medal

TV News Program: Best News Documentary/ Special

Channel NewsAsia

13

Mission Impossible Package

Silver World Medal

Animation: Promotion/Open & IDs

Channel 5 - OAP

14

Undercover Asia - Cambodia's Sexual Predators

Bronze World Medal

TV Documentary /Info Program: Human Concerns

Channel NewsAsia

15

Undercover Asia - Girls for Sale

Bronze World Medal

TV Documentary /Info Program: Social Issues

Channel NewsAsia

16

Boat People - Journey to Hell

Bronze World Medal

TV News Program: Best Investigative Report

Channel NewsAsia

17

Danger Zone
[Selected eps: Kabul, West Bank, Fukushima]

Bronze World Medal

TV Documentary/Info Program: National/International Affairs

Channel NewsAsia

18

Ebola Diary

Bronze World Medal

Documentary /Info Program: Current Affairs

Channel NewsAsia

19

Get Real - Saving Sewol

Bronze World Medal

News Program: News Documentary Special

Channel NewsAsia

20

The New Silk Road
[Selected eps: China's Plan to Change the World, Kazakhstan: China's New Ally, USA & China: The Superpowers Battle For Influence]

Bronze World Medal

TV Documentary/Info Program: National/International Affairs

Channel NewsAsia

21

Mission Impossible Package

Bronze World Medal

Licensing/Branding Promotion

Channel 5 - OAP

22

The Circle House

Finalist

Best Production Design/Art Direction