SINGAPORE: Editor-in-chief of Mediacorp, Walter Fernandez was one of two industry leaders named to the advisory board of the New York festivals TV and Film Awards.
He joins the board alongside WaterBear Network CEO Ellen Windemuth, forming a 16-member panel, New York Festivals announced on Wednesday (January 19).
The New York Festivals TV and Film Awards recognize content of all lengths and forms from around the world, covering categories such as news programs, documentaries and entertainment programs.
“The 16-member advisory board of world-renowned executives is an international think tank comprised of some of the most innovative storytellers, content creators and industry leaders whose experience and expertise provide insight. futuristic view of the evolution of the television and film industry at NYF’s TV & Film Awards,” the New York Festivals said in a press release.
Mr. Fernandez brings more than 25 years of journalism and writing experience to the advisory board, he noted. As editor, he oversees all news and current affairs content on TV, radio and digital for English news brands such as CNA and TODAY, as well as vernacular brands like Berita. in Malay and Seithi in Tamil.
In 2020, CNA was named Channel of the Year by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB).
Mr. Fernandez manages over 1,000 employees in Singapore and globally. He also oversees AI strategy and solutions for newsroom and broadcast engineering for Mediacorp.
In May 2021, he was also appointed Chief Sustainability Officer to drive Mediacorp’s sustainability initiatives and action plans across its operations and among its workforce.
Mr. Fernandez said he was honored to join the advisory board and looks forward to working with industry professionals from around the world.
“Each year, the TV & Film Awards honor the best global news, sports, documentary and entertainment programs.
“These awards are among the best known and most respected in the world and we are always delighted when CNA and Mediacorp receive these accolades,” he said.
Ms. Windemuth, CEO of WaterBear Network, oversees the strategy and direction of the new free streaming platform “dedicated to the future of our planet”, New York Festivals said.
She produced the Netflix documentary film My Octopus Teacher, which won both a New York Festivals Grand Award and a Gold Award, a BAFTA and an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
“A veteran executive producer and distributor, she has herself produced over 500 hours of content to date,” said New York Festivals.
Ms Windemuth said it was a privilege to be part of the festival’s advisory board.
“In these trying times, people need to connect and align globally through great storytelling,” she added.