Asian Television Awards Shortlist Out

The 9th annual Asian Television Awards ceremony, scheduled for Dec, 2 in Singapore, will see 34 awards handed out in recognition of excellence in a variety of categories. Among the 155 entries on the short list are four animated productions.

Up for Best Animation are Gokusen from Nippon Television Network (Japan); Journey to the West from Eastern Broadcasting and YOYO TV (Taiwan); Legends of the Ring of Fire–Why the Sun Chases the Moon from Walt Disney Television (Singapore); and Thenali Raman from MediaCorp TV 12 and Vasantham Central (Singapore).

A total of 68 judges on 12 juries whittled the shortlist down from a field of more than 1,500 entries that poured in from all over Asia, including Japan, China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Pakistn, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Remarking on the quality of this year’s entries, Jonathan Hallett, chairman of judges, comments, "After the difficulties of the past few years, it’s great to see the industry recovering. Local production is at an all-time high and the experience gained under difficult circumstances has clearly stood the industry in good stead."

The awards ceremony will be televised live on television outlets in 10 Asian countries on Dec. 2. For more information, go to