National Winners have been announced in the Asian Academy Creative Awards with SBS, ABC, Nine and Foxtel / 10 titles now set to compete against other territories.
National Winners from Australia include Safe Home (SBS by Kindling Pictures) as Best Drama Series – which also picked up national wins for Aisha Dee (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Stevie Cruz (Direction).
Alone Australia (SBS/ITV) will represent Australia in the Best Adaptation of an Existing Format while Gogglebox (Endemol/Studio Lambert/All3Media) will fly the flag in the Best Non-Scripted category.
Rachel Perkins will be Australia’s representative in the Best Factual Presenter and Best Direction (nonfiction). She is honoured for her work on the Blackfella Films series The Australian Wars for SBS, which will also compete against 10 other nations for Best Documentary Series.
In Best Documentary (one-off) is The Cleaning Company by Walking Fish Productions and GoodThing Productions for SBS.
Travel Guides (by Studio Lambert and All3Media) hopes to claim gold in the Best Lifestyle category. Meanwhile Marc Fennell will attempt to Mastermind a win as Best Entertainment Host for the BBC Studios production for SBS. The ABC Kids series Kangaroo Beach (by Cheeky Little Media/ACTF) will compete in the animation category.
ABC ME series Crazy Fun Park (Werner Film Productions/ACTF) is up for Best Children’s Programme.
Singapore’s national broadcaster, Mediacorp, claimed 28 wins, matched by global streamer Netflix and regional streamer Viu.
Hong Kong’s TVB and Malaysia’s Astro scored 15. Warner Bros. Discovery claimed 13. iQIYI and ABS-CBN picked up 10 wins. Cross town rival, GMA claimed 9 laurels.
Two awards ceremonies, the Grand Awards and Gala Final, will return to the Chijmes Hall Singapore, executive produced byMichael McKay and directed by Australian based Randall Churchill. Fellow Aussies Darren Waide will serve as producer and Nick Talbot will be on camera.
“You don’t have to go far to hear an Aussie accent at the Awards Ceremonies,” quipped AACA President Michael McKay.
Executive producer Stephen Corvini and factual director & producer, Bryan Cockerill serve as the Ambassadors for the AACA in Australia.