Singapore Leads in Night One of Asian Academy Creative Awards


Singapore took home seven wins during night one of the Asian Academy Creative Awards today, followed by India with four.

The Asian Academy Creative Awards are taking place in Singapore this week, with regional winners across a range of categories being presented over two nights. The Gala Awards Final tomorrow night (Thursday) will see the presentation of a further 18 performance and scripted categories.

Beyond Singapore and India, the night’s winners also included Australia and Japan, with three trophies each. Winning shows also hailed from Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea and Taiwan.

Star Vs Food Malaysia from Creative Stew, Discovery and Astro claimed best adaptation of an existing format. Best animated show went to Story Inc, WIT Studio and Netflix’s Japan Bubble. Hakka TV’s Taiwan Hello, My Name Is Dong-Ping landed a win for best children’s program, while Bluey triumphed in the preschool category. Best documentary (one-off) went to Lune Media and SBS Australia’s Osher Günsberg: A Matter of Life and Death, while best doc series was presented to Vice Media’s Open Secrets—The Untouchable Chaebols of South Korea. Say Yes to the Dress on Discovery India picked up best lifestyle program. Japan Iriomote—The Fabric of Life, from NHK, Doclights and NDR, was crowned best natural history or wildlife show. Best original on a streamer/OTT service was won by Yumi’s Cells from Studio Dragon, MerryCow and Studio N.

Nat Geo’s Changi Airport: Battling the Pandemic scored best branded program or series. Nat Geo also scored a win for Ganga River from the Skies in the best current affairs category. Best direction (non-fiction) went to CNA and Mediacorp’s Ziqing/Eve—Inside Maximum Security—Road to Freedom. Other winners included Supermodelme: Revolution, Esha Paul—Inside the Opioid Crisis Gripping This Himalayan State, My Daughter Joined A Cult, Singapore Newsday and This Land Is Mine.