Published on 5 November 2014
The 19th Asian Television Awards (ATA) is pleased to announce the recipient of its Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television, presented annually during the Gala to be held on December 11, 2014 at Asia's most spectacular destination – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
This year’s recipient, Mr. Larry Namer (pictured), an entertainment industry veteran with more than 40 years of professional experience in cable television, live events and digital media. He is the founding partner of Metan, a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for the China market. He is also the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over US$3.5 billion, and the creator of several successful companies, including Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV (Interactive Television).
Metan’s flagship series Hello! Hollywood, a weekly entertainment news series tailored to Chinese audiences, is available on the company’s Hollywood Channel on Tudou. Metan has developed the successful sitcom ‘Return to Da Foo Tsun’ and Web series ‘Modern Life’, which have garnered a viewership of over 40 million viewers.
Recently, Metan and a coalition of North America’s top TV and film writers partnered to launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture linking Western writing talent with transmedia projects for China. Mr. Namer is also the co-founder of MINGYIAN INC., a China brand management startup for Western celebrities and influencers.
Mr. Raymond Wong, Chairman of ATA said, “ATA is pleased to recognise Mr. Larry Namer for his remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry. He has accomplished a great deal, while positively representing the entertainment and digital media industries, and he fully deserves to be honoured for his achievements.”
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About Asian Television Awards
Launched in 1996, Asian Television Awards (ATA) is the Asian TV industry's most significant and celebrated event, recognizing excellence in programming, production and performance.
Determined by an expert panel of over 60 judges from across the region, the results are tabulated and audited by international auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, with the winners only announced during the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in December. The judging process has also been brought into the digital era by being conducted on-line. This is designed to lessen the judging workload and provide judges greater comfort and flexibility by enabling them to screen the entries at their own pace.
The Awards comprise over 30 categories and represent the industry's foremost recognition by enjoying the support of every major industry player throughout the region. ATA attracts a multitude of entries from a wide range of broadcasters, including free-to-air television stations and pay-TV platforms, as well as many independent production houses in Asia.
In 2013, the Awards ceremony was televised regionally on STAR World and Channel [V], FOX International Channels’ leading general entertainment channel and music channel respectively, reaching to some 28 million households in Asia. With this inaugural regional broadcast, Asian audiences would now celebrate the achievements of their home-grown talent from the comfort of their living rooms, or on multiple devices in the new multi screen environments that many content providers offer.
ATA is positioned as the only event of its kind within the Asian region, and upholds a prestigious reputation of showcasing quality television production.
For more information, please visit www.asiantvawards.com.
About Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television
In keeping with Asian Television Awards’ (ATA) continuing efforts to reward individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry, the ATA Board has introduced the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television in 2013.
The award may be bestowed on any member of the industry whose primary base and/ or area of contribution is in the Asia-Pacific region. TV executives and managers, on and off-screen talent, composers etc. are possible candidates. In contrast to the 38 ATA award categories in competition each year, the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television' is not a competing award and is thus nominated by the ATA Board, with input from the editor of official publication Television Asia Plus. Instead of an individual, the board may choose to confer the award to a group of individuals, or an organisation; and may even present an award posthumously.
About Metan Global Entertainment Group
Metan Global Entertainment Group (Metan) is a multi-media company focused on delivering Western entertainment content to China, and conversely, producing and exporting high-quality content in China to be sold and distributed internationally. The company’s focus lies particularly with the young urban Chinese audience—the fastest growing consumer market in the world. Metan provides global brands the opportunity to engage the Chinese consumer on a variety of platforms including television, film online and digital mobile devices.
Aside from the company’s work in exposing China to a world of multi-faceted content, Metan also leverages its network resources and far-reaching strategic relationships in the US and Europe to drive Chinese culture to more places and more audiences around the world in every possible form and format. Metan currently has offices in Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai.