23rd ATA awards: Asia’s top nominees, presenters revealed

Ase Wang

KUCHING, Dec 18: The first batch of celebrities who will take to the red carpet for the prestigious 23rd Asian Television Awards here on Jan 12 next year has been revealed, and leading the way are Thai rising star Maneerat Kam-Uan as well as Thai TV actress, singer and model Khemanit Jamikorn.

Also in the list are Thai actor Jiravich Pongpaijit, known for his fabulous portrayal of Hut in the 2016 comedy-horror movie ‘Ar Ma’; well-known actor Ananda Everingham, best known for his lead role in the 2004 horror film ‘Shutter’; Taiwanese model, actress, and dancer Kelly Liao Jia Yi and Taiwanese actor/singer Wang Kung-Ta.

Other confirmed Asia’s star-studded celebrities who will be attending are Ase Wang, known as one of the most successful young models in Thailand; Wallace Ang, a full-time Mandarin radio presenter for MediaCorp’s Love 97.2FM; James Kumar, the winner of the Best Newcomer award in Vasantham’s PradhanaVizha Awards, where he was also nominated for the Most Popular Male Artiste category for his role in Vettai 2.0 in 2012; and Derek Chun, an internationally acclaimed rising model, host and actor.

Ananda Everingham

The 23rd Asian Television Awards will be held here from Jan 11-13. Hosted in Malaysia for the first time in history, the ceremony will be hosted by legendary former MTV Asia VJs May Wan and Choy Wan together with Adrian Jalaludin and Mark Zambrano.

The ceremony will feature invited guests from Asia’s television industry with over 300 international delegates comprising award-winning television and film producers, directors, performers, host talents, judges, key sponsors, nominees and celebrities from the participating countries.

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah, who is the host presenter, said, “In preparation for the ‘Visit Sarawak Year 2019’, we are so honoured to host the 23rd Asian Television Awards in Sarawak, attracting a myriad of stars and internationally acclaimed talents here for the first time.

“Similar to hosting prominent world-class mega events such as Formula One, MotoGP, SEA Games, etc, it surely will boost the Malaysian tourism industry and international tourist arrivals here in Sarawak,” he said.

The Asian Television Awards (ATA), launched in 1996, is the Asian TV industry’s most significant and celebrated event, recognising excellence in programming, production and performance

The Awards comprise over 40 categories and represent the industry’s foremost recognition to independent production houses in Asia.

Kelly Liao

The 23rd Asian Television Awards is organised by ATV Awards Sdn Bhd with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports of Sarawak. The Awards are also supported by talent partners Beam Artistes and Gushcloud with Malindo as Official Airline Partner and Timeless Vacation as Official Travel Agent.
The ceremony can be viewed live and/or delayed on iFlix, Bangkok TV, Today TV Vietnam, Channel O Indonesia, Citra Entertainment, Formosa TV, ViuTV, Arirang, ABS-CBN, Jiangsu Satellite International and Astro Hello. The Awards is also available live on Facebook via @Asiantvwards. — DayakDaily