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Discovery Channel wins 3 awards at the Asian Academy Creative Awards

Shreoshree Chakrabarty December 7, 2020
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For three phenomenal shows ‘Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi’, ‘India 2050’and ‘Man, Woman and #MeToo’, country’s leading real-life entertainment channel, Discovery Channel, has scored an impressive hat trick. Achieving a new milestone, the channel has bagged top honours at the Asian Academy Creative Awards, held recently in Singapore.

In the category, Best Non-Scripted Entertainment, the adventure show Man vs. Wild, ‘Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi’ won the award, which is also the most popular episode.  India received an award for Best Direction, for the documentaryIndia 2050’ produced by Wide Angle Films for Discovery Channel. And Vice India produced ‘Man, Woman and #MeToo’, bagged the award for the Best Current Affairs Programme or Series. The documentary was based on patriarchy and its various ramifications in Indian society.

The special episode featuring India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls in the Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi was shot at the Jim Corbett National Park. Bear Grylls embarks on an adventure into the jungles of India with the Prime Minister, and showcases a frank and freewheeling journey, throwing light on wildlife conservation and highlighting issues related to environmental change. They also had to make a raft & cross a jungle river together!

India-2050 highlights the existing threat of climate change in India. This is a riveting, first-of-its-kind account of the impending climate crisis with compelling human stories from across the nation combined with visual effects built on projected outcomes. Imagining as 2050, the documentary begins with the Pink City of India, Jaipur. It is completely buried under piles of sand. Giving viewers a terrifying glimpse of what is to come, it then moves into the future of currently flourishing metropolises of Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Tracing the #MeToo movement across India, Man, Woman and #MeToo, delves into the origins of patriarchy in the country, the magnitude of the problem and how each one of us has played a part in it – as enablers, almost on a daily basis. Through real-life examples and case studies, it also features specialists who explain the reasons of India’s inherent patriarchy.

Sai Abishek PR, Director, Original Content, Factual and Lifestyle Entertainment comments on the achievement, “It is our constant effort to offer world-class documentaries to discerning Indian fans which not only entertains them but also encourages and inspires. I am proud to learn that India 2050 and Man Woman and #MeToo have been recognized globally with these wins at the Asian Academy Creative Awards, Singapore. Another feather in our cap and a testament of our constant endeavour to deliver impactful documentaries. It is also a delightful feeling to have Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi bring home yet another prestigious win.”

A Propagate company, Bear Grylls Ventures & Electus, produced Man Vs Wild With Bear Grylls and PM Modi for Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Pte. Limited. The executive producers are Bear Grylls, Rob Buchta, Delbert Shoopman and Elizabeth Schulze and Ben Simms is co-executive producer. Wide Angle Films produced India 2050 and Man, Woman and #MeToo is a Vice India production. India’s first aggregated real-life entertainment streaming app- discovery+ is streaming all these three now.

To serve the creative industries as the pinnacle of their achievement in content creation and media production, the Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA’s) have been established.

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