ASTRA Awards 2013: nominees

Tangle, Selling Houses Australia and Olympics coverage are in the running for Pay TV awards.

tangle 3Nominees in the industry-voted categories of the ASTRA Awards have been announced.

15 categories from Subscription TV have been announced which merges international titles with Australian titles.

After a soft year in local Drama, Tangle dominates the Drama category. Popular LifeStyle channel productions Grand Designs Australia and Selling Houses Australia are also recognised while Foxtel’s dynamic Olympics coverage gets the nod in both Sports and Outstanding Use of Innovation categories.

“Our 2013 finalists once again show the diversity, talent and terrific level of entertainment that subscription TV offers,” said Andrew Maiden, CEO of ASTRA.

Finalists in the five subscriber-voted categories are yet to be announced.

Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event
• Mind Over Maddie (Disney Channel)
• Didi and B (Nick Jr.)
• Adventure Time – season 4 (Cartoon Network)

Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage
• Tina Arena: Live from Melbourne (Studio)
• [V] Island Parties: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Channel [V])
• Justin Bieber: ‘Believe’ – Live & Intimate (Channel [V])
• Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST (Nickelodeon)

Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage
• KFC T20 Big Bash League (FOX SPORTS)
• 2012 AFL Premiership Season and Finals Series (FOX FOOTY)
• London 2012 Olympic Games (Foxtel)

Most Outstanding Documentary
• ESPN Films – The Announcement (ESPN)
• The Train: The Granville Rail Disaster (The History Channel)
• Abalone Wars (Discovery Channel)

Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage
• LIVE London Update (FOX SPORTS)
• SKY NEWS Political Coverage (“PM Agenda”, Australian News Channel)
• SKY NEWS Business Coverage (Australian News Channel)

Most Outstanding Reality Program
• Come Dine With Me Australia – series 4 (LifeStyle Channel)
• Kings Cross ER: St Vincent’s Hospital – series 1 (Crime & Investigation Network)
• Megatruckers (A&E)
• Project Runway Australia – series 4 (Arena)
• MTV Style Me (MTV)

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
• Location Location Location Australia (LifeStyle Channel)
• Grand Designs Australia – series 4 (LifeStyle Channel)
• Selling Houses Australia – series 5 (LifeStyle Channel)
• Tony Robinson’s Time Walks (The History Channel)

Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
• The Riff (Channel [V])
• Rove LA – series 2 (FOX8)
• Balls of Steel Australia – series 2 (The Comedy Channel)

Most Outstanding Drama
• Dripping in Chocolate (UKTV)
• The Walking Dead Season 3 (FX Channel)
• Tangle – season 3 (Showcase)
• Justified – season 3 (FX Channel)

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming
• AFL On-field Graphics (FOX SPORTS)
• FoxMobile (FOX SPORTS)
• London 2012 Olympic Games (Foxtel)
• Project Runway Australia – series 4 (Arena)

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
• David Wenham (“Dripping in Chocolate”, UKTV)
• Dan Wyllie (“Tangle” – season 3, Showcase)
• Lincoln Younes (“Tangle” – season 3, Showcase)

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
• Justine Clarke (“Tangle” – season 3, Showcase)
• Catherine McClements (“Tangle” – season 3, Showcase)
• Eva Lazzaro (“Tangle” – season 3, Showcase)

Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter
• Adam Roberts & Naomi Sequeira (“Backstage Pass”, Disney Channel)
• Billy Russell (“The Riff”, Channel [V])
• Matt Shirvington (London Olympics, Foxtel)
• David Speers (“The Nation” and “PM Agenda”, Australian News Channel)

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
• Jason Bennett (“Aussies Abroad”, ESPN)
• Gerard Whateley (“AFL 360”, FOX SPORTS)
• Ahron Young (News coverage, Australian News Channel)
• Kieran Gilbert (“AM Agenda” and news coverage, Australian News Channel)

Best New Talent
• Marty Smiley (“The Riff”, Channel [V])
• David King (“AFL Insider”, FOX FOOTY)
• Jules Sebastian (“MTV Style Me”, MTV)

A date for the awards is yet to be announced.

5 Responses

  1. Rediculous that Tangle is nominated for so may awards when it hasn’t been on since just after last years ASTRA awards. It’s about time the government created a STV content quota like that for FTA networks. Most channels in Australia (if not all) are owned by international conglomerates that could easily afford to produce Australian content (and by content I refer to something other than reality and documentary as that is basically all Australian STV content – Aust. Next Top Model, Dating In The Dark Aust., Balls of Steel Aust., Aussie Pickers, Megatruckers, the upcoming Real Housewives, Football/Cricket Superstar, Project Runway, Selling Houses Australia, Come Dine With Me Australia, and Grand Designs Australia (all ironically made by Foxtel owned channels and not one by any other STV network)). If anyone can think of any Australian made programs that are available on a STV network not owned by Foxtel please comment and let me know as I would love to know if it is as bad as my comment is making out.

    1. Tangle was never renewed and will not be renewed, so in this sense yes it is axed. Producers have joked they would love to film it on their phones on the weekend. It’s always been up against tough competition in awards, now in a soft year it’s a sure thing.

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