Mediacorp scores largest ever win at New York Festivals TV and Film Awards

Mediacorp picked up several awards at the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards for 2019.

The haul included two gold, 13 silver, eight bronze and 23 finalist accolades, the largest ever win for the firm.  

The announcement

Mediacorp, Singapore’s largest content creator and transmedia platform, has won 46 awards at the prestigious New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2019. The two Gold, 13 Silver, eight Bronze, and 23 Finalist accolades make up the largest ever scoop of honours for Mediacorp at the annual competition’s gala ceremony, held at the Wynn Encore, Las Vegas.

Established more than 60 years ago, the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards recognises the best in news, sports, documentary, information and entertainment programmes, including music videos, infomercials and feature films. In this year’s edition, entries were received from 50 countries, making the awards one of the most well-known and widely respected competitions in the world.

Of the 46 awards picked up, 27 were conferred on documentaries from CNA. Leading the pack is CNA’s Refugee Chef, produced in collaboration with independent production house People Factor Studio. The documentary series scored a hat trick of wins (one Gold and two Silver) for its compelling portrayal of the stories of refugees seeking an escape from societies in conflict and how, using treasured family recipes, they rebuilt their lives and changed the way people view Asia through their food.

China on Film (China on the Cusp of Change), produced in partnership with MAKE Productions, was awarded Silver in two categories: ‘Documentary: History & Society’ and ‘Craft: Program – Best Editing’ for its vivid portrayal of the bustling street life of Shanghai’s Nanjing Road in 1900, and more intimate vignettes of ordinary Chinese in their homes and at work.

Tham Loke Kheng, CEO, Mediacorp said, “Along with Mediacorp’s 10 in-house productions, the winning entries included CNA commissions to independent production houses. This unprecedented level of recognition for Mediacorp on the international stage is testament to the high quality of our made-in- Singapore content by the creative talent in Mediacorp as well as the extended content ecosystem. We look forward to producing more world-class content with our partners across the broader creative community in Singapore.”

Walter Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, Mediacorp, said: “Significantly, CNA’s impressive haul of awards at the New York Festivals serves as a timely affirmation of its stature as one of the leading news and current affairs brands in Asia. When it comes to journalism and documentaries, the team at CNA – which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – will always strive to raise the bar with the depth of their understanding and their innovative storytelling.”

Rose Anderson, Executive Director, New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, said, “New York Festivals is proud to recognise the achievements of Mediacorp and CNA. Their exceptional and innovative programming – especially in the areas of longform documentary and journalism – 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 TV & Film Awards Grand Jury. With entries from 53 countries, the 2019 TV & Film Awards was very competitive and our Grand Jury members were impressed by the over-all quality of submissions. Congratulations to the entire team for a brilliant year.”

Source: Mediacorp press release


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