Asian Academy Creative Awards Unveils Training Programs


The Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) has begun rolling out the 2020 Academy Campus training programs, for which Christine Fellowes, NBCU managing director of networks in AsiaPac, will continue as chairperson.

The Academy Campus will kick off with its annual Producers’ Summit on July 28, which will be hosted by E! Entertainment’s Yvette King and celebrate the Asia Pacific’s International Emmy past nominees and winners. Howie Lau, assistant chief executive for media and innovation at Infocomm Media Development Authority, will deliver the closing remarks. The summit will be complementary to industry professionals and AAA Members as well as a limited number of places reserved for film and TV students.

Nanyang Polytechnic’s studios will play host to the Producers’ Summit and MasterClass at this year’s Academy Campus, which will be beamed live via Zoom. The MasterClass series will be hosted by Singapore-based actor Bobby Tonelli (Westworld) and staged over two mornings on July 29 and 30. The event will be free to students, thanks to support from the corporate sponsors and entrants of the Asian Academy Creative Awards.

Fellowes said: “I’m particularly passionate about the Academy Campus because it’s so important to foster great creativity for the future of our industry and that’s why so many of us are only too happy to get behind the AAA and its educational programs.”

AAA CEO Fiona McKay said: “We are so grateful to have Christine’s ongoing support as Chairperson of the Academy Campus because she makes a fantastic contribution in the area of skills development, especially for the students.”

McKay added: “Thanks to Zoom, we can open up the Producers Summit and Masterclass series to film and TV industry professionals and students all around the world which is a great step forward for the Campus.”

Michael Chetner, head of APAC at Zoom, said: “We’re delighted to be the technology partner of such prestigious awards recognizing excellence in craft and technical disciplines across such a diverse range of platforms. As a leader in video-first unified communications, Zoom is proud to support an initiative that recognizes innovation in technology.”

Esther Ho, director of the School of Business Management at Nanyang Polytechnic, said: “Nanyang Polytechnic is proud to continue working with the Asian Academy Creative Awards again. This is our third year of partnership and we are still going strong. The global pandemic may have changed the way we deliver the course. But the Masterclass is still a wonderful opportunity for our students, as well as those around the world, to learn from the industry’s best.”