Discovery took home three trophies following the ceremony for the 15th annual Digital Studio Awards, held at H Hotel in Dubai.
Taking the first award of the evening, Discovery’s original documentary, Wild Dubai, which was produced in partnership with Dubai Government Media Office, received the accolade in the ‘Best Content Capture’ category, for the most impressive piece of work produced in the Middle East.
The one-off documentary, which explores the hidden wildlife of the world-famous metropolis of Dubai, was also awarded runner-up in a new category, ‘Original Production of the Year’, with the judges commending outstanding production values and innovation, not previously seen on regional screens.
Perhaps the most prestigious award of the night, and the only category for an individual, Discovery’s Vice President and Country Manager for Middle East & Africa, Amanda Turnbull, was crowned ‘Broadcast Executive of the Year’. The award celebrates an individual who has had a significant impact on the broadcast and production sector in the Middle East in the past 12-months, influencing and affecting how their company has succeeded throughout the year.
Amanda’s recognition follows extensive progress and success across linear and digital programming and content. With a focus on the region, the past year has seen Discovery create two flagship programmes, Wild Dubai and TLC’s first Arabic language travelogue, My World to You, alongside over 350 hours of original Arabic content on Fatafeat. Her astute eye for unique opportunities has also led to pioneering partnerships and success across digital platforms, including Discovery-owned channel Fatafeat becoming Snapchat’s first ever Discover content partner for food in the Middle East.
Running alongside the CABSAT exhibition, the 15th annual Digital Studio Awards are a showcase of industry excellence for the TV, film and broadcast production sectors in the Middle East. The awards bring the region’s greatest studios, broadcasters, pre, production and post-production facilities together to witness the winners in hotly contested categories.