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Kuala Lumpur, November 1st, 2017: GOASEAN, the world’s first Southeast Asian travel, and lifestyle channel, is proud to announce Go Explore, a GOASEAN original series, has been shortlisted for the 2017 AIBs ‘Science, Technology and Nature’ award.
Presented by The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB), the AIBs are the international awards for factual video, audio and interactive productions. 2017 marks the 13th year of the independent, influential and respected awards.
Go Explore stands alongside productions from CBC and Mediacorp –topping productions from CNN, CBS, and Al Jazeera which were longlisted for the award. Winner announcements will take place in London tonight at the AIBs 2017 gala, hosted by Matthew Amroliwala, host of Global on BBC World News.
GOASEAN’s original series, Go Explore uncovers fascinating Malaysian stories, explores remarkable archaeological finds, examines ecosystems, and carefully retells local legends and myths. The series’ 2017 AIBs award shortlisting arrives while new episodes of the series are currently in production with support from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), a government agency for the film industry of Malaysia. Go Explore’s latest host, Hannah Tan will continue to share stories of national interest including the tales of Malaysia’s own Wonder Woman (Cik Siti Wan Kembang), 5000-year-old prehistoric rock art, and the mystery behind Tusan beach’s blue glow.
Edwin Raj, Senior Vice President of GOASEAN stated, “We are honored to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and proud to represent Malaysia at the 2017 AIBs. Go Explore intends to find unique experiences and stories within Malaysia concerning nature, wildlife, and culture to showcase to a global audience. Go Explore is GOASEAN’s first collaboration with FINAS and we are happy to have already gained an international nomination for the series.”
“FINAS is driving and transforming the conventional film industry into an economic driven industry which will progressively benefit the current players in a new dimension and produce new generation of filmmakers. Over the last 10 years, FINAS has been offering numerous incentives and opportunities to local producers to network and tell wonderful stories from Malaysia and the region to both local and also international audiences.” says Dato’ Fauzi Ayob, Director General of FINAS.
He added “FINAS believes in developing and producing good content which ultimately starts from high quality script and story. Through Digital Content Industry (DCI) Fund, it is a strategic platform to produce and incubate filmmakers with new mechanism of funding where they have to be assessed by ideas, scripts, production values and other important elements that are strictly based on international standards and code of conduct”.
In addition to Go Explore, GOASEAN’s extensive collection of original series showcases Southeast Asia’s unparalleled beauty, rich history, diverse cultural traditions, and delectable culinary delights. In 2017, the multiplatform content producer has received international awards for original series including The Eco Traveller, Go Fast or Go Home, Food Maps, and Unseen Malaysia; bringing the company’s award total to 19 in just 2 years.
New episodes of Go Explore will air in 2018. Go Explore, as well as other GOASEAN original series can be viewed anytime, anywhere on tonton and dim sum; on Discovery Channel Asia, ABS-CBN, and TVB; on in-flight entertainment systems in leading regional airlines including Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Air Asia X, Bangkok Airways, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines and SILK Air; and on in-house systems at selected hotels across Southeast Asia.