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Best of TV shows coming ahead of fest

MORE than 80 acclaimed foreign and domestic TV productions will be broadcast on local TV channels and viewers will be invited to vote for their favorite series next month at the 19th Shanghai Television Festival, officials said yesterday.

The annual TV festival will run from June 10 to 14. A total of 48 productions have been selected and nominated from more than 1,000 entries. They will vie for the coveted Magnolia Awards in categories like TV film, documentary, drama and animation.

Celebrated mainland director Zhang Li will chair the jury panel for TV film and drama. Yves Jeanneau, founder of the France's Sunny Side of the Doc, will be the jury president in the documentary section.

According to Fu Wenxia, an official with the festival's organizing committee, the annual TV gala will also feature professional TV forums to discuss creative mechanism for production, foreign format purchase, and the originality of domestic TV. It will focus on the challenges and opportunities for China's TV industry.


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