ASTRA Awards 2009: Nominees

Project Runway Australia, Australia's Next Top Model, The Merrick and Rosso Show, Gossip Girl, Entourage and Grand Designs all feature in this year's Pay TV award nods.

kristy_henry1The Subscription Television industry this morning gathered to hear the names of the 2009 ASTRA Awards, the seventh year in which it has recognised its own. Mike Hammond announced the nominations with co-presenters Matt Shirvington, Lee Furlong and Yumi Stynes. The LifeStyle Channel’s, Bill Granger hosted.

Prominent in the awards were shows such as Project Runway Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, The Merrick and Rosso Show, Stuart McGill Uncorked, and personalities including Kristy Hinze, Jimmy Barnes, Merrick and Rosso, Ruby Rose, Antonia Kidman and Charlotte Dawson.

In the international category viewers’ top picks include Gossip Girl, Entourage, Project Runway, Hannah Montanah and Grand Designs.

The industry-voted nominees see other shows include Satisfaction, Stupid Stupid Man, Make or Break, An Aussie Goes Bolly, The Spirit Of Australian Sports and Beyond Kokoda. 2008 was a relatively light year for locally produced drama, with shows like Satisfaction airing on premium channels that could have hindered chances in the popular categories. By contrast TV1’s Stupid Stupid Man made the favourite programme list.

Subscribers can vote via www.astraawards.com or digital channel 222 available across all platforms. The public voting for the ‘Favourite’ categories opens at 2pm Wednesday 25 March and closes at midnight on Wednesday 15 April.

The winners will be announced on Monday April 20th.

Favourite Program
Cash Cab – Channel [V]
Australia’s Next Top Model – FOX8
Stuart MacGill Uncorked – LifeStyle FOOD
Football Superstar – FOX8
The Merrick & Rosso Show – The Comedy Channel
Project Runway Australia – Arena TV
Stupid, Stupid Man – TV1
Selling Houses Australia – The LifeStyle Channel

Favourite International Program
SpongeBob SquarePants – Nickelodeon
Gossip Girl – FOX8
Grand Designs – The LifeStyle Channel
Hell’s Kitchen – The LifeStyle Channel
Hannah Montana – Disney Channel
Project Runway – Arena TV
Entourage – Arena TV
Meerkat Manor – Animal Planet

Favourite International Personality or Actor
Ricky Gervais (Extras) – UKTV
Dawn French (Jan & Jerusalem) – UKTV
Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen) – The LifeStyle Channel
Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs) – The LifeStyle Channel
Jonas Brothers (Camp Rock) – Disney Channel
Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) – FOX8
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – FOX8
Adrian Grenier (Entourage) – Arena TV

Favourite Male Personality
Kieran Gilbert – Sky News Australia
Stuart MacGill – LifeStyle FOOD
Darren McMullen – MTV
Jimmy Barnes – MAX
Brendan Moar – The LifeStyle Channel
Merrick & Rosso – The Comedy Channel
Brian McFadden – FOX8
Henry Roth – Arena TV

Favourite Female Personality
Maude Garrett – Nickelodeon
Antonia Kidman – W.
Charlotte Dawson – FOX8
Maggie Tabberer – Bio.
Ruby Rose – MTV
Kim McCosker & Rachael Bermingham – The LifeStyle Channel
Anna Gare – The LifeStyle Channel
Kristy Hinze – Arena TV

Most Outstanding International Program or Event
Extras Christmas Special – UKTV
Can We Save Planet Earth With David Attenborough – The Weather Channel
Life After People – The History Channel
Andre Rieu Concert – Main Event
Mad Men – Movie EXTRA

Most Outstanding Event
MAX Australia Day – Top 100 Most Iconic Aussie Songs & Australia Day LIVE: A Day On The Green – MAX
Australian Kid’s Choice Awards 2008 – Nickelodeon
MTV Australia Awards 2008 – MTV
Australia’s Next Top Model Live Final – FOX8
The Helpmann Awards – Bio.

Most Outstanding Short Form Program
Nick Shorts – Nickelodeon
Play Along With Ollie & Elmo – Nick Jr.
As The Bells Rings – Disney Channel
SELECT: Life After People – FOXTEL
Icons – Bio.

Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Camp Orange: The Curse Of The Emerald Eye – Nickelodeon
Alphabreaks – Disney Channel

Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage
Snowjam 2008 – MTV
MAX Masters: Coldplay – MAX
MAX Sessions In The Sand: Hoodoo Gurus – MAX

Most Outstanding Sports Program
Sportscenter – ESPN
On The Couch – FOX Sports 1
Inside Cricket – FOX Sports 1
An Aussie Goes Bolly – FOX8

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
Bowl-a-Rama – Fuel TV
Football: Australia v Qatar World Cup Qualifer – FOX Sports 1
NRL Coverage 2008 – FOX Sports 2
AFL 2008 Coverage – FOX Sports 1

Most Outstanding Documentary
The Spirit Of Australian Sports – The History Channel
Beyond Kokoda – The History Channel
Man Made Marvels: Sydney Opera House – Discovery Channel
Storm Surfers – Discovery Channel

Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage
Trading Matters – CNBC
Agenda – Sky News Australia
Global Financial Crisis – Sky News Business
Supercell Sunday: Brisbane Storm Coverage -The Weather Channel
News and Views – FOX SPORTS News

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Stuart MacGill Uncorked – LifeStyle FOOD
Dry Spell Gardening – The LifeStyle Channel
Selling Houses Australia – The Lifestyle Channel
Natural Born Traveller – Discovery Channel

Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
Football Superstar – FOX8
Australia’s Next Top Model – FOX8
Project Runway Australia – Arena TV
The Merrick & Rosso Show – The Comedy Channel

Most Outstanding Drama
Make or Break – UKTV
Stupid, Stupid Man– TV1
Satisfaction – Showcase

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Robson Green (Make or Break) – UKTV
Wayne Hope (Stupid, Stupid Man) – TV1
Matthew Newton (Stupid, Stupid Man) – TV1

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Susie Porter (Make or Break) – UKTV
Leah Vandenberg (Stupid, Stupid Man) – TV1
Madeleine West (Satisfaction) – Showcase
Alison Whyte (Satisfaction) – Showcase

Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter
David Speers (Agenda) – Sky News Australia
Helen Dalley (Sunday Business) – Sky News Business
Brendan Moar (Dry Spell Gardening) – The LifeStyle Channel
Brendon Julian (Inside Cricket) – FOX Sports 3
Steve Liebmann (CIA) – Crime & Investigation Network

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
Gavin Morris – The Weather Channel
Kieran Gilbert – Sky News Australia
David Speers – Sky News Australia
Nick Bryant – BBC World

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Subscription Sales
‘Good News Sale’ – FOXTEL
‘’Not So Silly Season Sale’ – FOXTEL
‘’MyStar from AUSTAR’ – AUSTAR
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Subscriber Retention
Andre Rieu: Classic Music Rocks AUSTAR subscribers – AUSTAR

Most Outstanding Use of Subscription TV Medium for a Consumer
Advertising Campaign
Westfield with Trinny & Susannah – The LifeStyle Channel/XYZ Networks
Adidas Football – Multi Channel Network
Harvey Norman & The Dave and Kerley Show – Multi Channel Network
Maxibon Presents Bunnies Theatre – Full Circle Media

Most Creative On-Air Program Promotion
Cash Cab – Channel [V]
Attack Of The Big Day Out 2008 – Channel [V]
We Are Football – FOXTEL
Football Forever Season Returns – FOX SPORTS 1
Meth Epidemic – Crime & Investigation Network

Most Creative Off-Air Program Promotion
America’s Hardest Prisons – National Geographic Channel
Bond Classic Bond – FOX Classics
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert 3D – Disney Channel
Shark Week – Discovery Channel

Most Outstanding Program Promotion Campaign
Hells’ Kitchen – The LifeStyle Channel
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert 3D – Disney Channel
Camp Rock – Disney Channel
Ben 10: Race Against Time – Cartoon Network
Bond Classic Bond – FOX Classics

Most Outstanding Channel Image Spot
Think Again ‘Generations’ – National Geographic Channel
MAX Brand Animation 2008 – MAX
Everybody Loves Sunshine Campaign – TV1
Reband Indents – MTV
ANZAC Day 2008 – The History Channel

Most Outstanding Use of Technology (for a consumer application)
CampOrangeSpace – Nickelodeon
MySpace Mixed Tape- Channel [V]
Lifestylefood.com.au relaunch – LifeStyle FOOD
Australia’ Next Top Model ‘Anywhere’ Audition Mobile Site – FOX8

Most Outstanding Use of Interactive Television (for a consumer application)
Sky Racing ACTIVE – Sky Racing
Kids Choice TV – Nickelodeon
Your Animation Domination – FOX8
Lockdown Oz: Maximum Security – National Geographic Channel

11 Responses

  1. By the looks of it I’m not missing much by not having cable TV… One third of the awards are for marketing/commercials too! Sheesh who wants to pay for more commercials.

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