The 17th Asian Television Awards, organised by Contineo Media and official publication Television Asia Plus, was held on December 6, 2012 at the Shangri-La, Singapore.

The big winners for the night were Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and International Channel Shanghai (ICS), SMG, collectively clinching the top four awards.

The awards event was attended by some 400 industry professionals from across Asia, including channel heads, programming execs, creative talent and on-screen personalities.

With 1,327 entries representing 13 Asian nations, including nearly 50 new entrants, ATA 2012 ranks as one of the most widely
participated television competition this region has seen in 17 years. Three new awards – 2D animation, 3D animation, and a sports presenter award – brought the tally of trophies up-for-grabs to 38, not including the coveted final four awards:

TERRESTRIAL CHANNEL OF THE YEAR, TERRESTRIAL BROACASTER OF THE YEAR, CABLE & SATELLITE CHANNEL OF THE YEAR, CABLE & SATELLITE NETWORK OF THE YEAR.

Read what some of this year’s ATA winners have to say:

Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)

Terrestrial Channel of the Year – KBS 2TV

Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year – KBS

Best Comedy Programme – Gag Concert – 600th Episode Special

Best Drama Series – The Princess’ Man

Soo Min, Seh, Chief Producer, Entertainment, KBS: “We are very, very excited and happy to have won these awards. Maybe it’s due to K-Pop music’s power and Korean dramas’ power in this region. But it is really unexpected for us. I am the Director of Gag Concert – 600th Episode Special and all I had hoped to win was the award for Best Comedy Programme. So winning that and the Terrestrial Channel and Broadcaster of the Year awards are just wonderful. KBS is now the leading broadcaster in Asia so it is a very great thing. With these prizes, from now on we should do our best even more in Asia.”

Shanghai Media Group (SMG)

Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year – International Channel Shanghai

Cable & Satellite Broadcaster of the Year – SMG

Best Adaptation of an Existing Format – The Amazing Race: China Rush (Season Two)

Best Talk Show – Culture Matters: The Tiger Mom Roars

Li Lin, Deputy Director, Vision Department, International Channel Shanghai: “I was very surprised, and two awards was in my expectation but to get four is just out of this world. So I am very very happy. It’s such an amazing moment. We got four awards tonight and I think this shows that Chinese television is developing and the quality is getting better and better. Also we get to learn from other Asian counterparts at the Asian TV Awards. We hope we can continue to improve our programming.”

Best Documentary Programme (One-off/ Special) – Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific for Taiwan Revealed: The Presidential Office

Tommy Lin, SVP & GM North Asia, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific: “Winning the Best Documentary Awards at the Asian TV Awards with Taiwan Revealed: The Presidential Office is truly an honour and recognition of our continuous effort to create compelling local content that resonates with international audiences with the support of our local partners.”

Best News Programme – Bloomberg Television for First Up

Susan Li, host: “We feel so honoured and happy to be recognised and appreciated by the Asian TV Awards. We have great viewers and fans out there so we’re just happy that we’re providing the content that people want to watch.”

Best Social Awareness Programme – AETN All Asia Networks for Junkie Monastery

Chris Humphrey, Executive Producer: “It’s fantastic for us. We always knew it was a great show, a really entertaining show. We’re delighted that it got acknowledged in the category for Best Social Awareness Programme and not only that but it got Highly Commended mentions in three other categories as well.”

Best Entertainment Presenter/Host – Oli Pettigrew for Cash Cab Asia Season 1

Oli Pettigrew: “I’ve been working for six years now as a TV host and I am actually born in Asia and I’ve got a lot of respect for television in Asia. There’s no reason that the shows we make here shouldn’t be shown in the rest of the world. To finally get some recognition from the Asian TV Awards after six years and from Asian television as a whole is such an honour for me because Asia is my home, it’s where my soul is, so I felt a sense of acceptance finally.”

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Rui En for Unriddle II

Rui En: “Thank you to the production team for giving me the opportunity and space to bring out the extremities of the role. “Hu Xiao Man” would not have existed without EP Paul Yuen and script writer Phang Kai Yee. “Hu Xiao Man” will always remain significant to me. Thank you, ATA.”

Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress – Michelle Chong for The Noose Season 5

Michelle Chong: “Thank you to ATA for this prestigious award. This award means a lot to me because this could be the last time I’m appearing on The Noose. It’s a nice farewell souvenir to have.(departure from MediaCorp) And a heavy one! I also want to thank the Noose team for everything I have today. ‘Tanks Everybirdy tanks!’”

 

Asian Television Awards 2012: Winners List

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1.   BEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMME (ONE-OFF/SPECIAL)
Winner

Taiwan Revealed: The Presidential Office

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd

Discovery Channel

Singapore

Production Co.: Imaging Image Production Ltd

Highly Commended

Revealed: The Golden Temple

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd

Discovery Channel

Singapore

Production Co.: Pulse Media

2.    BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Winner

Extraordinary Asian – Episode 1: Angel Mums

Threesixzero Productions Pte Ltd

MediaCorp, Channel U

Singapore

Highly Commended

Extraordinary Asian – Episode 2: God of Vision

Threesixzero Productions Pte Ltd

MediaCorp, Channel U

Singapore

3.    BEST NATURAL HISTORY OR WILDLIFE PROGRAMME

Winner

Primeval New Zealand

NHNZ in association with NHK

Television New Zealand, New Zealand on Air

New Zealand

Highly Commended

Tiger Dynasty

Grey Films India Private Limited

BBC 2

India

4.    BEST NEWS PROGRAMME

Winner

First Up

Bloomberg LP

Bloomberg Television

Hong Kong

Highly Commended

Squawk Box Asia

CNBC Asia Pacific

Singapore

5.    BEST SINGLE NEWS STORY/REPORT

Winner

The Policeman Zookeeper – Caring for Animals, Caring for People

Kansai Telecasting Corporation

Channel 8

Japan

Highly Commended

A Letter To The Future

Formosa Television

Cable Channel 53, Terrestrial Channel 6

Taiwan

6.    BEST DRAMA SERIES

Winner

The Princess’ Man

KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)

KBS, 2TV

Korea

Highly Commended

DOCTORS: The Ultimate Surgeon

TV Asahi Corporation

EX (Channel 5)

Japan

Produced in Cooperation with As Birds Corporation

Empresses in The Palace

Dongyang Flower Film&TV Culture Co., Ltd.

Guangzhou TV

China

7.    BEST SINGLE DRAMA OR TELEVISION PROGRAMME

Winner

Gaku

WOWOW Inc.

WOWOW PRIME

Japan

Production Co.: Dreamax Television

Highly Commended

KBS Drama Special – Duet

Korean Broadcasting System

KBS, 2TV

Korea

8.    BEST COMEDY PROGRAMME

Winner

Gag Concert – 600th Episode Special

Korean Broadcasting System

KBS, 2TV

Korea

Highly Commended

Ching Roi Ching Larn Sunshine Day

Workpoint Entertainment Public Company Limited

BEC World Public Company Limited,

Channel 3,

Thailand

9.    BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME

Winner

The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan – March 11, 2011

Fuji Television Network, Inc

Fuji Television

Japan

Highly Commended

Green China Rising

NGC Network Asia, LLC (Taiwan Branch)

National Geographic Channel – Philippines

Taiwan

Production Co.: Mandarin Film

10.  BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME

Winner

Art Attack Episode 10 – Shark’s Fin & Matchstick Box Figures

The Walt Disney Company (SEA) Pte Ltd

Disney Channel

Singapore

Highly Commended

Dance Academy Series 2

Australian Children’s Television Foundation

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC 3

Australia

Production Co.: Werner Film Productions

11.  BEST PRESCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Winner

Tayo the Little Bus

ICONIX Entertainment Co. Ltd.

EBS (Educational Broadcasting System)

Korea

Highly Commended

Rainy Day Friends

Public Television Service, Taiwan

Public Television Service Foundation

Taiwan

12.  BEST ENTERTAINMENT (ONE-OFF/ANNUAL)

Winner

Closing Ceremony SEA Games 2011

Gramedia Media Nusantara (KG Production)

RCTI

Indonesia

Highly Commended

MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2011

Viacom International Media Networks (MTV Asia)

MTV SEA

Singapore

Star Parivaar Awards 2012

SOL Production Pvt. Ltd.

Star India Pvt. Ltd., Star Plus

India

13.  BEST GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

Winner

Athletic Fire- Japan’s Best Known Celebrities Challenge the World’s Best Female Athletes

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.

TBS TV, Inc.

Japan

Highly Commended

Project Lotus: The Search For Blush

FarWest Entertainment HK Limited

STAR WORLD

Hong Kong

14.  BEST GAME OR QUIZ PROGRAMME

Winner

India’s Minute to Win it Season 2

SPE Networks-Asia Pte Ltd

AXN Asia

Singapore

Production Co.: NBC Universal, Astro Productions, Blue Magic Films

Highly Commended

Cash Cab Asia Season 1

SPE Networks-Asia Pte Ltd

AXN Asia

Singapore

Production Co.: activeTV Asia Pte Ltd

15.  BEST MUSIC PROGRAMME

Winner

MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2011

Viacom International Media Networks (MTV Asia)

MTV SEA

Singapore

Highly Commended

Nishi Hongwanji Sound Stage: East Meets West

Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.

MBS

Japan

16.  BEST REALITY SHOW

Winner

What Men Want

NatSeven TV Sdn Bhd

ntv7

Malaysia

Produced by Phosumpro Sdn Bhd

Highly Commended

Ton Silapa 2

Village Television

Thai Public Broadcast Station

Thailand

Produced by Index Creative Village

17.  BEST INFOTAINMENT PROGRAMME

Winner

May Food Keep Us Together – Growing Old with Chinese Pastries

Peoples Production Limited

Next TV, Taiwan

Hong Kong

Highly Commended

Long March Into Space

China Intercontinental Communication Center

DNAP (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific)

China

Junkie Monastery

AETN All Asia Networks Pte. Ltd.

The Biography Channel Singapore

Production Co.: The Moving Visuals Company

18.  BEST TALK SHOW

Winner

Culture Matters: The Tiger Mom Roars

Shanghai Media Group

International Channel Shanghai

China

Highly Commended

Let’s Talk 2

MediaCorp Pte Ltd

Channel U

Singapore

Produced by: Threesixzero Productions Pte Ltd

Teacher’s Achievers Club

Miditech Private Ltd

STAR India Pvt Ltd, STAR World

India

19.  BEST SOCIAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME

Winner

Junkie Monastery

AETN All Asia Networks Pte. Ltd.

The Biography Channel

Singapore

Production Co.: The Moving Visuals Company

Highly Commended

Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special, Hosted by Jared Leto from Thirty Seconds to Mars

MTV EXIT Foundation

MTV Southeast Asia Channel

Thailand

20.  BEST ADAPTATION OF AN EXISTING FORMAT

Winner

The Amazing Race: China Rush (Season Two)

Shanghai Media Group

International Channel Shanghai

China

Highly Commended

Survivor India

Miditech Pvt. Ltd.

STAR India Pvt Ltd, Star Plus

India

21.  BEST CROSS-PLATFORM CONTENT

Winner