Bollywood Dancer, NZ Drag Queen and Argentinean soccer fanatics storm Asian TV Awards

It’s a crazy combination, but Australia’s Lonely Planet Television is wowing the world with programming that fuses exotic travel destinations with a quirky cast of characters, from Bollywood stars in Mumbai, to wine drinking Drag Queens in New Zealand, to some of the world’s most passionate soccer fans in Buenos Aires. But their next destination could be the most exciting yet – the fiercely contested Asian TV Awards.

Standing out from a crowd of over 1300 entries from 14 countries, this year Lonely Planet Television, the newly established television production wing of travel publisher Lonely Planet, has been nominated in three key categories.


Playful, sassy, street-smart and unexpected, Lonely Planet Six Degrees connects its viewers to what makes each city special – the people that live in it. Lonely Planet’s new flagship series has already been shown in over 30 countries – from the UK to Hong Kong, and will start screening in Australia on SBS weekly on Fridays 7.30pm from Dec 17th 2004.

BEST HOST: Asha Gill for Lonely Planet Six Degrees
Asha hosted, wrote and produced a swag of shows on Channel V in Singapore before she became the new face of Lonely Planet. For Lonely Planet Six Degrees Asha travelled to eight cities including Buenos Aires and Mumbai.


Vintage New Zealand tells the story of how a nation took the traditional European art of viticulture and turned it into a quintessential New Zealand success story. Featuring Sam Neill, a drag queen, and some great plonk, Vintage New Zealand was commissioned by Travel US and Discovery Asia and developed with the assistance of Film Victoria. (DOP: Peter Holland).

‘Being nominated for the Best Entertainment Program, was a total knock-out,’ enthuses Head of Lonely Planet Television Laurence Billiet. ‘For a newly established, independent production house to be nominated in the same categories as franchises, like Pop Stars is a fantastic achievement! Receiving the nomination for Best Host and Best Cinematography was a real bonus.’

Billiet says ‘One of the key challenges of the Asian TV Awards is appealing to audiences across so many cultures, countries and languages. Being nominated for key categories like Best Entertainment Program and Best Host show that our programs resonate with an incredibly diverse range of people.’The Asian TV Awards will be held in Singapore on Dec 3, 2004.

The Asian TV Awards will be held in Singapore on Dec 3, 2004.

Fast Facts
Lonely Planet Television website:
Asian TV awards website:
DVDs of Lonely Planet Six Degrees will be launched in Australia on December 10 through Force Entertainment
Electro City Breaks, the CD soundtrack of the series is available through Shock Records.

About Lonely Planet Television
Based in Melbourne, Lonely Planet Television is the television production house of one of the world’s most successful, recognisable and pioneering travel publishing companies, Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Television produces innovating and inspirational travel programs for international broadcasters. Covering a diverse range of style and topics, Lonely Planet Television’s programs fuse Lonely Planet’s trademark characteristics – a cheeky attitude and boundless energy with unmatched experience and travel authority.