distancing ‘Level 2.5’ also applies to the SDA!
15th Seoul International Drama Awards
to be non-face-to-face
- The format
of the awards ceremony has been changed from ‘without an audience’ to
‘non-face-to-face’ as winners and presenters will not be attending
- The awards ceremony will be recorded with the
smallest number of people possible through adjusting the meeting times of the
performers and on-site staffs of the celebratory performance
- Instead of being livestreamed,
the awards ceremony will be aired on MBC at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15,
and will also be available on MBC drama's official YouTube channel and wavve
Seoul, South Korea (September 3, 2020) – The social distancing measures for the Seoul
International Drama Awards 2020(SDA) also have been strengthened.
The Seoul International Drama Awards Organizing
Committee (Chairman Sung-jae Park) announced that the awards ceremony will now
be non-face-to-face as there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide. The
live broadcast of the awards ceremony scheduled for September 10 will now be
replaced by a recorded broadcast on September 15. It was also announced that
the audience, presenters and winners will not be attending the awards ceremony.
Initially, SDA 2020 was to be held on
September 10 without an audience and with only local winners and presenters in
attendance. However, with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the Korean
government raising its social distancing level to 2.5, the organizing committee
has decided to change the format of the awards ceremony in order to protect the
safety of participants and strengthen community quarantine efforts.
As a result, not only the audience but also
local presenters and winners will not participate in this year’s awards
ceremony. The organizing committee will be personally delivering the trophies
separately to local and overseas winners. The winners will share their speech
through a video presentation for the fans around the world.
Celebratory performances will take place to
help create a more lively atmosphere for the award ceremony, as none of the
audience, presenters and winners will be in attendance. The celebratory
performances will be held under a strict social distance policy. The performers
and on-site staff will not be allowed to gather at any place at the same time as
safety is a top priority. Also, only a few key personnel will present at a specific
time on a team by team basis.
The SDA 2020 award ceremony will be aired on
MBC at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. The ceremony will also be broadcasted
on ‘wavve’ in South Korea, while international fans can watch the recording on MBC
drama's official YouTube channel.
The Seoul Drama Awards Organizing Committee
is closely watching the COVID-19 situation and following the government's policies.
We are informing you in advance that additional changes regarding this year’s
awards ceremony may occur pertaining to the government’s policy on COVID-19.
Also, we would like to express our sincere apology for not being able to invite
press and media as this year's awards ceremony will be non-face-to-face and safety
is at the top of our agenda. If you need any information regarding the awards
ceremony, please contact Access Communications, the PR agency for SDA 2020, and
we will reply to you promptly.