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15th Seoul International Drama Awards To Be Held Non-Face-To-Face

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With heightened social distancing level, the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards shifts to recorded broadcast on September 15.

Initially, a ceremony “without an audience” has been set, however, the spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide made SDA prioritize the safety of the audience, presenters and winners.

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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.

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As a result, not only the audience but also local presenters and winners will not participate in this year’s awards ceremony. Moreover, 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.

To help create a more lively atmosphere for the award ceremony, celebratory performances will take place as none of the audience, presenters and winners will be in attendance. With that, the celebratory performances will be held under a strict social distance policy.

Additionally, 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.

Instead of being livestreamed, the awards ceremony will be aired on MBC at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Additionally, it will also be available on MBC drama’s official YouTube channel and wavve. International fans can watch the recording on MBC drama’s official YouTube channel.


PR Source: SDA Committee