ATA 2019: key recognitions for Asian talents

The 23rd edition and its inaugural Asian Television Awards (ATA) was held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Sarawak (Malaysia), and proofed to be a major success, as this was the first time in history where the event was hosted in Malaysia and it expanded from 2 days to 3 days.

It showcased two prestigious evenings of television award ceremonies, as well as a myriad of exciting music concert performances by various Asian artists for the public, attracting 2,000 over visitors, as well as more than 500 million television viewers represented by more than 20 broadcasters worldwide over the 3 days. In conjunction with Visit Sarawak 2019 campaign, the 23rd Asian Television Award is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, commented: ‘The campaign is expected to gain the boost in the tourism industry with prominent world-class mega events such as this event, attracting a myriad of stars and internationally acclaimed talents here for the first time. We hope that all the visitors of Sarawak had an amazing night and been able to discover Sarawak’s natural beauty’.

ATA attracted a multitude of entries of over 1,300 annually from a wide range of broadcasters, comprises of 42 categories and represents the industry’s foremost recognition to independent production houses in Asia. 28 categories were announced on the first day during the Gala Awards Dinner, while the remaining 14 awards categories were up for grabs during the Live Awards, and the winner was chosen by an expert panel of over 50 judges from across the region. The judges were hand-picked based on their expertise and tremendous experience in local and international entertainment scene.

Meanwhile, Chairman of ATV Awards Sdn Bhd, Lee Keen Whye said: 'I am so proud of all the local and foreign attendees and the global community for their participation and support in the event. The event was a huge success. I truly feel that we have accomplished our goals and hope to further expand our reach. I hope that we will be able to top this year’s benchmark next year in 2020'.

At the event, Cheng Rexen and Kim Nam Joo were awarded the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” and “Best Actress in a Leading Role” awards. The Taiwanese actor received the award for his great performance in Schrodinger’s Cat while the Korean actress received the award for her performance as Go Hye-ran in Misty, which was witnessed by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg.

Jirayu Tantrakul (Thailand) also received the “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his performance in Kom Faek (The Lost Art) while Sinjai Plengpanich (Thailand) received the “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for her performance in SriAyodhaya. Other notable award recipients are Something In The Rain (Korea) for the “Best Drama Series”; Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter (Japan) for “Best Single Drama” or “Telemovie Programme”; JTBC (Korea) for “Cable & Satellite Network of the Year” and Formosa Television (Taiwan) for “Terrestrial Broadcaster” of the Year.

More than 50 Top Asian Celebrities had attended the 23rd Asian Television Awards Live Show. Top Asian Celebrities that appeared consist of Ananda Everingham (Thai Actor), Ase Wang (Singaporean Actress), Nad Zainal (Malaysian Actress), Diana Danielle (Malaysian Actress), Maylada Susri (Thai Actress), Hu Gua (Taiwanese TV Host), Louis Scott (Thai Actor), Hoang Yen Chibi (Vietnamese Singer) and many more. The Live Award & Concert Show also had a remarkable line-up of Top Asian Celebrities that performed namely SF9 (Korea), Gary Valenciano (Philippines), Qu Wanting (Taiwan), Via Vallen (Indonesia), Alvin Chong (Malaysia), Kiana Valenciano (Philippines), Trong Hieu (Vietnam) and Winnie K (Malaysia), just to name a few.

Past participants of ATA included more than 200 channels across Asia including KBS, NHK, HBO, CNN, Bloomberg, BBC, AL-JAZEERA, TV18, Discovery Networks, Imagine Group, Viacom International Media Networks, Astro, Media Prima, PT Televisi Indonesia, Mediacorp, CGTN, PCCW, Formosa, ABS-CBN, BBTV, SMG and many others.