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Asian TV Awards sued by production house over alleged unpaid $250,000 bill

The organiser of the Asian Television Awards is facing a legal battle with its production company after allegedly failing to pay a bill worth S$250,000 for work on the 2017 ceremony.

ActiveTV has filed a legal writ against the company, which is owned by Singaporean media mogul Raymond Wong, over claims of non-payment for production of the two-day ceremony.

The case is listed for Singapore High Court on ­May­10.

The court document

According to activeTV president Michael McKay, the Asian Television Awards recruited his company at short notice to shoot and produce the five-hour-long event. The scope of the project included pre-production, scripting, voiceovers and nomination segments for the 42 categories.

McKay,  claimed activeTV had just two weeks to prepare for the event after the sudden pull-out of  the original awards contractor.

Speaking to Mumbrella, McKay said: “I have been a judge at the awards for years and I feel industry awards are important for celebrating the work we do. But for the awards to have a place and purpose, situations like this should not be the case.”

The Asian Television Awards is organised by Contineo Media, a publishing house owned by Wong that recently found itself in hot water over unpaid staff CPF funds and salaries.

The event forms part of the annual Singapore Media Festival which takes place each December.

Award entries to last year’s event cost S$240 and it is understood that the event received 1,350 entries in total.

Wong, a former president of the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore, has so far been unavailable for comment.

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