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SINGAPORE: The Asian Academy Creative Awards has applied a two-week extension to its entry deadline (until Aug 15) and will not apply late fees.

2020 Chairman of Awards and WarnerMedia exec, Ricky Ow, announced the extension during the AAA’s annual Producers Summit “These are very difficult times that we live in, people are struggling to be safe, people are fighting for their livelihoods” he noted.

“I believe that storytelling is just as essential and crucial during these times, storytelling gives us context and meaning to what we are going through. Storytelling connects hearts and people, inspires, brings more empathy and even helps us to escape to another world.

So, in this difficult time it is important that we celebrate storytelling” he said.

During his address to industry members he concluded by announcing “The Academy has decided to extend the award period by another two weeks given how difficult the current situation is and will now close by 15th August and no late fee will apply”.

Registrations for the AAA’s third annual Producers Summit numbered 529, with 122 companies registered across 20 countries. Students and lecturers from 15 Higher Education institutions joined in the Zoom event as guests of the AAA’s Academy Campus training initiative.

Speakers included three time International Emmy nominated Oak3films’ Zaihirat Banu Codelli (for Spelling Armadillo, The Good Host and FAM!),  NHK Japan’s  Rea Gotoh (for # On the Night of August 31st) Carlene Tan, Vaibhav Kumaresh and Anand Babu (who presented an animation case study, for Lamput) as well as a study from Emmy winner “Safe Habour“ by producer Stephen Corvini.

Other topics covered were the international COVID-19 production insurance situation and new broadcasting techniques during the pandemic. 

The Producers Summit was hosted by E! Entertainment’s Yvette King. 

AAA Chief Executive Fiona McKay said a survey taken at the completion of the event “revealed high satisfaction rates with almost 95% of respondents rating it Good to Excellent” and added “83% said they would recommend the event to a colleague and praised the Summit as insightful, motivating and diverse”.