WarnerMedia channels dominated the inaugural ContentAsia Awards held in Singapore on 28 August 2020, with six wins in eight categories. HBO Asia’s Food Lore and Invisible Stories won three awards collectively, while CNN International had two wins and Cartoon Network bagged one award.
Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann was nominated for Best Female Lead in a TV Programme as Lian in HBO Asia’s Invisible Stories, while Bront Palarae was nominated for Best Male Lead in a TV Programme as Megat Jamil in The Bridge, a series produced by Viu in association with HBO Asia.
Food Lore, HBO Asia’s eight-episode, hour-long, gastronomical series won two awards. The series, which explores the human conditions with narratives inspired by Asian cuisines about food from around Asia, won in the Best Asian Drama for a Regional/International Market category, while Erik Matti, the director of the Philippines episode Food Lore: Island of Dreams, won the Best Director of a Scripted TV Programme award.
HBO Asia’s gritty and realistic series, Invisible Stories, won the Best Drama Series/Telefilm Made for a Local Asian Market award. Each of the six half-hour episodes shines light into dark corners and tells untold stories of residents navigating through everyday life and its challenges from the heartlands in a fictional neighbourhood housing estate in multi-cultural Singapore. The series stars Yeo Yann Yann, Devin Pan, Wang Yu Qing.
The Best Animated Kids TV Programme went to Cartoon Network’s Monster Beach – It Cone From Outer Space. Monster Beach follows the frightfully funny adventures of surf-siblings Jan and Dean as they enjoy an endless summer vacation with a bunch of mischievous monsters. In this award-winning episode, the cone Mutt wears around his head to stop him from scratching picks up radio signals and he realizes he has to save Monster Beach from an impending alien invasion.
Among other WarnerMedia wins are CNN International’s Inventing Tomorrow: Tech in a time of Pandemic for Best Covid-19 Factual Feature and Borneo is Burning for Best Current Affairs Programme.
The ContentAsia Awards is owned and operated by ContentAsia, a 14-year-old information platform curated to offer insights into Asia’s content environment. The Awards are judged by industry peers with hands-on knowledge and experience of the creative and production process.