Outstanding Taiwan productions honored at 52nd TV Golden Bell Awards

The 52nd Television Golden Bell Awards were held Sept. 30 at National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei City

Actors and members of the award-winning Q series production team

Actors and members of the award-winning Q series production team (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The 52nd Television Golden Bell Awards—Taiwan's equivalent to the Emmys—were held Sept. 30 at National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei City.

The big winner at this year's Golden Bells was the Q series, launched by Q Place Creative Inc. and Taiwan Television Enterprise. “Close Your Eyes Before It’s Dark,” one of eight different programs in the Q series lineup, took home the awards for Best Television Series, Best Supporting Actress and Best Sound Effects, while romance series “Love Storm” bagged Best Newcomer and Best Actress.

President Tsai Ing-wen congratulated this year’s winners via her Facebook page, praising the creativity and high quality of the country’s TV productions. Noting another award-winning drama series, “The Teenage Psychic,” Tsai called the show a pioneer of the country’s TV industry.

The award-winning shows have introduced new energy to the nation’s TV industry, the president said, adding that she hopes the public can continue to support locally made productions and the government-backed Public Television Service.

A joint production of PTS, Singapore-headquartered Infocus Asia and HBO Asia, the six-episode “The Teenage Psychic” bagged two awards in the miniseries category, namely Best Supporting Actress and Best Miniseries. The drama series, filmed entirely in Taiwan, is HBO Asia’s first original Mandarin-language co-production.

Also noteworthy was the Special Contribution Award conferred to the late Rev. George Martinson, a popular TV personality associated with many English teaching programs. Martinson produced several documentaries and programs about the disadvantaged and worked for decades to promote the Kuangchi Program Service, a cultural and educational audio-visual service managed by the local chapter of the Society of Jesus.

Organized by the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development under the Ministry of Culture, the 52nd edition of the awards attracted 1,956 submissions from 116 channels and production companies.