Singapore, 21 October 2017 – StarHub and TVB celebrated 25 years of partnership with the conclusion of the eighth StarHub TVB Awards. On a night which commemorated past achievements and looked forward to the future with a new generation of stars, Wayne Lai and Nancy Sit were conferred the 25th Anniversary Most Popular TVB Drama Male and Female Character awards for their timeless portrayals of iconic TV characters.
Despite the strong competition, the 25th Anniversary Most Popular TVB Drama Male Character award was given to Wayne Lai for his role as a mistreated yet fiercely loyal coolie Chai Kau in the 2009 smash hit Rosy Business. The character earned Wayne Lai several acting awards and propelled him into top ranks within TVB. The name Hao Yi is synonymous with Nancy Sit and the household name snagged the 25th Anniversary Most Popular TVB Drama Female Character award for her part as Leung Yun Ho in one of the longest running TVB series A Kindred Spirit.
“This year signifies an important milestone for StarHub and TVB as we celebrate our 25 years of partnership. Sustained success can only be achieved through strong partnerships with like-minded partners and we are honoured to have found such a partner in TVB. As we reflect on the past years and savour the fruits of our partnership, we remain committed to bringing the best of Hong Kong television to viewers in Singapore,” said Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Strategic Partnership Officer of StarHub.
Mr Mark Lee, Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of TVB, commented: “The StarHub TVB Awards 2017 has been nothing short of amazing and credit goes to the entire team for its dedication to making this event a roaring success. As we celebrate 25 years of partnership with StarHub, we are honoured to have found a committed partner and we look forward to many more years of collaboration ahead.”
For the first time ever, the race for the biggest winner at the StarHub TVB Awards ended in a two-way tie with The Unholy Alliance and Legal Mavericks sharing the honours. The Unholy Alliance, an action crime drama which stars Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu, walked away with five accolades in three categories including My Favourite TVB Drama, My Favourite TVB Male Character and My Favourite TVB Female Character. Legal crime drama Legal Mavericks starring Vincent Wong and Sisley Choi bagged five awards in four categories including My Favourite TVB Actor, My Favourite TVB Actress, My Favourite TVB Female Character and My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor.
Following the impressive performance of A Fist Within Four Walls at last year’s Awards, producer Jazz Boon returned with the same cast to create another massive hit in The Unholy Alliance which secured the biggest award of the night, My Favourite TVB Drama award. Ruco Chan and Joel Chan also received the My Favourite TVB Male Character award for their roles in the series. Nancy Wu and Elaine Yiu rounded up the night for The Unholy Alliance with their wins of the My Favourite TVB Female Character award.
This year marks Vincent Wong’s first win of the highly-coveted My Favourite TVB Actor award, cementing his leading man status in TVB with his convincing portrayal of a blind lawyer in Legal Mavericks earning the recognition of both critics and audiences. Defeating hot favourites Jessica Hsuan and Nancy Wu, Ali Lee’s portrayal of a headstrong, righteous and insubordinate judge earned her an inaugural win of the My Favourite TVB Actress award. The leading actresses in Legal Mavericks Sisley Choi and Tracy Chu were both awarded the My Favourite TVB Female Character Award. Edging out keen competition, rising TVB actor Owen Cheung earned the My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor award for his role as maimed private detective Gogo in the same drama. Vincent Wong then nabbed his second award of the night with Natalie Tong when they received the My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple award for the roles as Saving and Cherry in My Unfair Lady.
Jacqueline Wong scored the only win for Provocateur with the My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress award for her performance as a strong-willed go-getter tasked with steering her family’s business. Brian Tse and Roxanne Tong bagged the TVB New Artiste awards while the TVB Most Improved Artiste awards went to Matthew Ho and Samantha Ko. With the win from last year, Matthew Ho is winning praise for his acting chops especially in A General, A Scholar and A Eunuch where he plays a mild-mannered eunuch equipped with incredible cooking skills. Rising starlet Samantha Ko’s stellar performances in Bet Hur and My Unfair Lady have also left a lasting impression on viewers and affirmed her status as an up-and-coming actress.
Hosted by Lawrence Cheng, Luk Ho Ming and Mayanne Mak, the star-studded awards ceremony featured performances from top-notch artistes like G.E.M, George Lam, Hanjin Tan and MICappella. In addition, artistes under The Voice Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of TVB, also performed a compilation of popular TVB drama theme songs past and present.
"Over the years, the StarHub TVB Awards has grown from strength to strength and is now a top tier event which draws attention from around the region. This year, we secured a record number of 14 sponsors, reflecting the success and popularity of the Awards. As we draw the curtains on this year’s Awards, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors and customers for their unwavering support all these years,” added Ms. Ong.
Viewers can catch the telecast of the StarHub TVB Awards 2017 on 28 October via Hub Drama First (StarHub TV Channel 860) in its original Cantonese dialogue. The show will also be made available in Mandarin on Hub VV Drama (StarHub TV Channel 855) on 4 November and Hub E City (StarHub TV Channel 111/825) on 11 November.
The StarHub TVB Awards 2017 is proudly sponsored by Toyogo and Chan Brothers Travel. Co-sponsored by LG, Mitsubishi Electric, Cielo Milky Hair Color, Health Domain, Seng Choon Farm, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carlsberg. Supporting partners include Absolook, Goldkili, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and KFC Singapore. Porsche is the official automotive sponsor and Marina Bay Sands returns as the official venue sponsor. For more information, please visit www.starhubtvbawards.com.