Singapore, 2 February 2010 --- Get ready for another star-gazing affair when the Singapore Entertainment Awards (SEA) makes its return on 13 March at The Float @ Marina Bay after its successful debut last year. Tickets to the award presentation cum concert will go on sale from 5 February.
Organised by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese media Lianhe Wanbao, Radio 100.3, Omy.sg and UW (U-Weekly), the event attracted a 10,000-strong crowd in 2009. The objective of the Singapore Entertainment Awards is to support the Chinese entertainment industry that popularises the use of the Chinese language. Apart from honouring the best talents in Singapore and Asia, it also helps to promote the local and regional Chinese entertainment scene.
This year's event will be bigger and better with 45 awards (from last year's 31 awards) to be presented in 11 categories, including the inaugural TV award category (local and regional). For the first time, the award presentation cum concert will be telecast on Starhub Cable TV after the event at a later date. StarHub is the Official TV for the event.
Winners of the awards, which recognise a spectrum of entertainment ranging from music, movies, TV, radio to concerts, will be announced in early March. The qualifying period for the artistes to be nominated is from 1 December 2008 to 31 December 2009.
This year's event is also supported by Media Development Authority (MDA) with the objective of gaining local and regional exposure for Singapore and offering a performing platform for Singapore's young and emerging talents in the media industry.
Mr Robin Hu, Senior Executive Vice President of Chinese Newspapers & Newspaper Services, SPH, said."Following our successful debut last year, SPH is pleased to have MDA's support for Singapore Entertainment Awards 2010. Together, we hope to strengthen our commitment in giving recognition to the outstanding achievements of both local and overseas artistes through SPH's combined strength in print, radio, outdoor and online platforms. This year, we look forward to achieving greater regional exposure with our broadcast via Starhub cable channels. We believe the awards will contribute towards establishing Singapore as an important market and source of talent for Chinese entertainment."
Mr Yeo Chun Cheng, Director of Broadcast & Music, MDA said: "MDA is pleased to support the broadcast production of the Awards. Through the programme, the Awards aims to reach wider audiences as it is slated to go on local, regional and online channels. MDA would also like to congratulate SPH on the Awards - it is a well-produced event that showcases and honours the achievements of Singapore's media talents, and recognises their impact and influence in the regional entertainment scene."
SEA is co-organised by my paper and supported by SPH print, online and outdoor media including Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News, SPH MediaBoxOffice and The Straits Times Razor TV. The other major partners are StarHub (Official TV), Mandarin Oriental Singapore (Official Hotel) and Jeric Salon (Official Hair), with special thanks to the Singapore Sports Council.
Nominees are divided into the “Most Popular” category, which is based on public voting and the “Best” category, which is decided by a panel of judges comprising SPH journalists from print, radio and online media, together with local and foreign media industry experts. The complete list of award categories is attached in Appendix 1.
From 3 Feb to 28 February 2010, public voting for the 17 "Most Popular" categories can be done through SMS 77877 or online at sgeawards.omy.sg. The public can also vote at the publicity road shows in February. The list of nominees for public voting is attached in Appendix 2.
Results of the Most Popular & Best category will be announced in early March 2010 and tickets for the Award celebration concert on 13 March are sold through SISTIC Website: www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC Hotline: (65) 6348 5555 and SISTIC Authorized Agents islandwide.
Please see attached Appendix 1 for the complete list of award categories and Appendix 2 for the list of nominees for public voting.
For more information, please contact:
Ms Wong Ching Yee
Asst Brand & Communications Manager
Product Branding & Promotions, Marketing
Tel: 6319 1274
Mr Francis Mah
Tel: 6319 1028
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.
In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.