Friday, November 28, 2014

Competing for glory

ntv7 & 8TV garner recognition from the Zoom Festival and 19th Asian TV Awards
Ntv7 and 8TV clinched three nominations in the 19th Asian TV Awards and one in Zoom Festival.
The second instalment of ntv7’s popular reality drama The Game 2 has been selected to compete in the 12th edition of the Zoom Festival in Spain, an event devoted to made-for -TV films.
The Game 2 which stars local stars such as Wayne Chua, Jeffrey Cheng, Ong Ai Leng, Lim Ching Miau and Mers Sia, will go up against two films — The Chosen Ones and Talk To The Tree — for Best TV Film and Best Director titles.
The Chosen Ones is a 2014 German production based on real events of sexual abuse in a German school during the 1970s while Talk To The Tree is produced by Hakka TV (Taiwan) and tells of an old lady who lives by herself in the countryside and believes that plants have emotions and feelings.
“We are honoured to receive recognition for The Game 2 from an international event such as the Zoom Festival. This two-hour drama took the local Chinese entertainment industry by storm last year with its mind-blowing concept and remarkable ratings with a viewership of close to 600,000,” said Airin Zainul, group general manager, ntv7 and 8TV.
The Zoom Festival is taking place until Sunday in Igualada, Barcelona. The event is a showcase for premieres of the best telefilm productions, a platform for film producers worldwide as well as a meeting point for professionals in the industry. This year, with its most international focus to date, will see new productions from around the world joining established works from Europe.
The Asian TV Awards, which celebrates Asia’s brightest TV professionals, content makers and broadcasters, is back with its 19th edition on Dec 11 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Some 239 nominees across 38 categories and 13 countries will compete for glory.
ntv7’s Aunty Must Go Crazy Season 3 is nominated for Best Game Or Quiz Programme, going up against strong contenders from China (The Cube Season 2 and Still Standing), Japan (Giant Killing), and Thailand (True Innovation Awards: The New Era).
The third season of this game show is hosted by internationally acclaimed actress Yeo Yann Yann (Best Supporting Actress, 50th Golden Horse Awards) and award-winning actor Coby Chong (Best Actor, Golden Awards 2012).
Both ntv7 and 8TV have received nominations under the Best Theme Song category for their dramas — The Undercover (Black And White by Adrian Tan and Will Ng) and Justice Bao, Jr (Dream by Fong Shelhiel) respectively — going up against five contenders from Singapore.
“ntv7 and 8TV hit yet another significant milestone this year with nominations in the prestigious annual Asian TV Awards.
“We have got our faithful viewers and our partners to thank for this remarkable success. We will continue to provide world-class entertainment for our viewers,” said Airin.