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Newly launched Asian Academy Awards appoints Turner Asia Pacific’s Ricky Ow as first chairman

The newly-launched Asian Academy Awards (AAA) has appointed Ricky Ow, president of Turner Asia Pacific, as its first chairman.

The awards, to be held in December, will “serve the creative industries as the pinnacle of their achievement in content creation and media production”, a statement announcing the awards said.

Ow, a Singapore-born industry veteran, who is based in Hong Kong, will lead the Advisory Group which will oversee the integrity of the awards.

He will bring “enormous depth and experience from the broadcast and production industry”, AAA president Michael McKay said.

“Ricky is one of the smartest, most clued-in people I know in Asian broadcasting and someone I often reach out to for advice,” McKay said. “His passion for the industry is immense and he’s respected right across the region. I could not be more excited that he has accepted the first chairmanship of the inaugural Asian Academy Awards.”

Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes brands throughout the region including CNN International, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and HBO.

Ricky Ow: A great honour

Ow said in a statement: “It’s a great honor to chair the first AAA which will recognize the very best at a national country level and across Asia Pacific. It will also shine a spotlight on Asian content in the international Emmy Awards.

“The Academy has a genuine commitment to supporting the Asian content industry by conducting masterclasses, workshops and seminars. Giving back to the next generation of industry professionals is something I’m very passionate about. This makes the AAA truly deserving of support and I hope the rest of the industry will follow.”

McKay said the awards, which have been backed by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)  are “for the industry by the industry”.

They will celebrate work from Australia and New Zealand, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

IMDA assistant chief executive industry development, Angeline Poh, said: “As Singapore’s infocomm media sector lead, the IMDA welcomes this new television and content awards, which celebrates creative excellence of the vast talent across Asia. We are also currently in discussion on how we can further support the Asian Academy Awards.”

The AAA’s will call for entries later this month.

There will be country winners in each of the 49 categories who will progress to the Asian Academy Awards.

“This new system means you have the honour of being judged the best in your country, then, if you win the Asian Academy Awards, you know you really are the best of the best,” McKay said.

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