“How China Works” Wins Asian Television Award
"How China Works", a documentary series produced by China Intercontinental Communication Center and Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific under the supervision of the State Council Information Office of China, was “highly commended” for the Best Infotainment Programme Award at the 20th Asian Television Awards (ATA) held on December 2–3 in Singapore.
Launched in 1996 and now running into its 20th year, the ATA has become one of the most influential TV programme award in the Asian region, aiming to honor excellent and exemplary TV production including news, entertainment, music, and documentary programmes. Acclaimed as the “Asian Emmy Awards”, the ATA has more than 60 judges from celebrated TV programme production companies and broadcasters in Asia. This year, the ATA offered over 30 categories of awards and attracted over 1400 entries from all across Asia, among which How China works was nominated for four awards, i.e. Best Documentary Series, Best Current Affairs Programme, Best Infotainment Programme, and Best Editing.
The three-episode documentary series explores how urbanization, technology and the middle class will play important roles in China’s development in the next five years. The first episode “Urbanization” showcases how China’s urbanization process has kicked into full swing and thus led to a massive surge of construction projects; then, “Innovation” focuses on China’s innovations from the smart phone application WeChat to the world’s largest radio telescope, indicating the transformation from “made in China” to “innovated in China”; and lastly, “Aspiration” shows how the rapidly growing middle class is changing China’s society and culture.
The documentary has captured worldwide attention when first broadcast on Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific on March 28th, 2015. It was commended as “a documentary as popular as films and TV series”. It has previously won many prizes including the International “Gold Panda” Award for Documentary in the Society category at the 13th Sichuan TV Festival.