Held at Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore, the region’s most prestigious industry award show – 20th Asian Television Awards, saw over 45 trophies being awarded in a much star-studded event from 2 to 3 December 2015.
For the first time in the Awards’ 20-year history, the event was open to the public on the final night of the award show and gathered a 3000-strong crowd, whom were entertained with live performances by talented regional celebrities. In addition, it was also the first time for the show to be broadcasted live on regional TV channels such as Astro Ria, Bugaboo.tv, Toggle, allowing more than 300 million viewers to share the experience in real-time from across the region.
Over 1400 entries were submitted this year, some coming from as far as Qatar in the Middle East. The reputable award show gathered TV personalities and celebrities across Asia in honoring some of the finest works in Asia-Pacific.
Of those who attended were Thailand’s Nusba Punnakanta who won Best Actress in a Supporting role in The Secret Truth and local veteran actor, Lim Kay Tong who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role from the drama Grace. Both Best Actor and Actress were awarded to talents from China. Zhang Jia-Yi, won the title of Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his work in Forty-nine Days Memory, while Zhou Xun won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her great portrayal of Jiu Er in Red Sorghum. Singapore largest broadcaster, Mediacorp won the Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year.
Hosted by Allan Wu, Joey Mead King, Max Loong and Munah Bagharib, the audience were treated with special performances by talented international acts – Korean girl group Secret, Indonesian powerhouse Anggun, rising Swedish boy band JTR and Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang.
Global superstar, Anggun kicked off the night on high-note with a stellar performance of Saviour. The Swedish trio who got known for their run on The X Factor Australia 2013, performed their single Centre of Everywhere. Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang serenaded the crowd with his signature love ballads which includes the Mandarin version of My Destiny, a track off the Korean hit drama My Love from the Star.
Korean pop group Secret drew the loudest cheer as they wowed the crowd with on-point vocals and upbeat dance routines. In fact, it was evident by the cheers that the crowd was largely dominated by fans of the South Korean industry. Cheers amplified when the Best Drama Series and Best Single Drama (Telemovie) were awarded to The Incomplete and Spinster Diaries respectively – both being South Korean works.
Congratulations to all awardees and we hope that Asian Television Awards will continue to honour and celebrate the very best of Asian talent in the coming years. The full list of ATA 2015 winners is available here. Head over to our Facebook for more photos of 20th Asian Television Awards.
Thank you Asian TV Awards for giving The Fifth Parlour an opportunity to cover this reputable event.