Nominees 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Nominees! The Live Awards Ceremony is on Friday, 26 Aug 2022, at 8pm (BKK GMT+7) at www.facebook.com/contentasia

(listed in alphabetical order)

Best Asian Comedy Show Nominees

My Papa Pi
ABS-CBN Philippines

A Tumbungan-set comedy series centered around Pipoy (Piolo Pascual), a single father who will do everything to be with his only daughter, Mikay. He even agrees to lend his body to the lost soul of his twin brother Popoy (Pepe Herrera), to accomplish his mission to ensure the happiness of his great love Tere (Pia Wurtzbach), and for his soul to finally cross over. But the problem is, Tere’s happiness is for Pipoy to love her. As Pipoy helps Popoy in his pursuit of Tere, Pipoy rediscovers his love for Tere, the “undin” he secretly loved back then.

My Sassy Psychic (ซ่อนกลิ่น / Sornklin)
BEC World (Plc) / Step Power Three / Patchanee Charuchinda

Romantic fantasy comedy, “My Sassy Psychic” is about Sornklin (played by Ranida “Preem” Techasit), who, when her father dies, takes over as the village’s fake medium in order to make a living and pay for her studies. One day, Sornklin and her mother are  involved in an accident, from which she emerges able to see ghosts and read minds. Her mother, however, ends up in a coma. Using her newfound supernatural gifts together with her dead father’s extensive knowledge about the villagers, Sornklin sets out to return her mother’s soul to her body and to seek vengeance on those who caused the accident. “My Sassy Psychic” is produced by Step Power Three for BEC World/Channel 3. 

Seribu Nina
Viu / Infinitus Ventures Malaysia

When Amar, a straight-laced lecturer played by Malaysia’s Syafiq Kyle, has second thoughts about his free-spirited and polar opposite girlfriend Nina (played by Adriana Adnan), he has no idea she is about to be sucked into one of a thousand dimensions where a thousand different Ninas exist. Amar must traverse these different worlds, encountering a different Nina in each one; some crazier and some even more perfect than his ‘original Nina’. Meanwhile, a bounty hunter also travels through the worlds in search of Nina, begging the question – who is Nina? Why are they after her? And was she ever really from Amar’s world at all? “Seribu Nina” is produced by Gayatri Su-lin Pillai and directed by Umi Salwana Omar.

Suami-Suami Masa Kini
Vidio / MVP Pictures Indonesia

“Suami-Suami Masa Kini” follows four middle-aged men – Yuda, Raka, Ical and Tobi – who have been besties since high school. Now 40, they gather for a raucous boys karaoke evening and end up stuck in an elevator. When all efforts to summon help fail, they resign themselves to a night in a cramped space waiting for the morning shift to arrive. Tired, hopeless and drunk, the four start sharing truths about the real state of their lives and relationships. “Suami-Suami Masa Kini” was produced by MVP Pictures for Vidio and directed by Ody C. Harahap. The story and screenplay is by Imam Darto.

The Making of an Ordinary Woman II
Screenworks Asia / CTS / Variety Shows Films Taiwan

“The Making of an Ordinary Woman II” is about a woman ready for life after 40. Taiwanese actress Ying-Xuan Hsieh stars as Chia-Ling, a woman with a stable relationship, a career change, the love and support of her family, and finally getting her own house. Just when she ventures into this new stage of womanhood, she shows signs of early menopause. Her father’s health deteriorates and he reconnects with his first love, leaving Chia-Ling’s mother upset and furious. As Chia-Ling juggles between work and her relationship, she must also deal with her unfaithful father, self-pitying mother, confused brother, and hapless cousin . Yet, none of these come close to an abrupt surprise that will change her life on a catastrophic level. “The Making of an Ordinary Woman II”, which aired on CTS and is streaming on Catchplay+, is produced and directed by Zhang-Lun Chen and Yi-Wen Yen.

Best Asian Original Game Show Nominees

Dark Doubt
Nippon TV

“Dark Doubt” is an escape game show with a thrilling horror twist, where contestants attempt to break out through the pitch-black stages in order to clear missions within a time limit. The show – a testament to how “fear” is a universal form of entertainment that fascinates humans – involves seven contestants placed in unknown locations (hospital, school, etc.) and tasked with finding their way through the dark in various challenges. Once a stage is cleared, an Elimination Meeting is held to expel one contestant. Failure to clear the challenge results in the random exit of two contestants. As an additional twist, the contestants includes moles to heighten the thrill and suspense.

India’s Ultimate Warrior
Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India

Martial Arts expert, Vidyut Jammwal, gathers 16 elite athletes and fighters from across India at his remote Warrior Camp to compete for the title of India’s Ultimate Warrior. Under the guidance of four mentors, the fighters compete in the ring and in an array of extreme challenges, each designed to test them on the five pillars of becoming a Warrior: Control, Determination, Focus, Balance and Survival. Over six episodes of blood, sweat and tears, the fighters are pushed to their limits – physically, psychologically and spiritually. One-by-one they are eliminated until only one remains and a champion is crowned.

Play Innocent
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation Japan / ytv

“Play Innocent” is a new type of game show, combining a Quiz Show with ‘Who is the Werewolf?’. The game involves four players who discuss the questions put to them and vote as a team. Among them is a Werewolf – called “X” – who encourages team mates towards the wrong answer in a high-tactics psychological game.

The Winner Beats It All
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation Japan / ytv

Can the reigning champion at the pinnacle of a certain genre beat any challenger without showing his/her face, name or title? If the challenger wins, he or she gets the prize money. Only the one who continues to win against challengers with different skills and achieves “5 consecutive wins can be crowned the “Unstoppable Champion”.

Totally Outnumbered
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Japan

“Totally Outnumbered” is a game show format where experts and professionals in various fields face off against a large group of people. The question is: Can the expert win against the group of amateurs? The challenges include the strongest swordsman in the world, Taichi Harashina, vs a team of 30 young comedians led by Shiraku Tatekawa and Abareru-kun; and Japan’s DodgeBall Champion versus a team of 10 comedians.

Best Asian Talk Show Nominees

Dee’s Talk
Screenworks Asia / Titan Creative Entertainment Taiwan

One of the most influential TV personalities in the Chinese-speaking parts of the world, Dee Hsu (aka Xiao S) is back. Leaving the glamorous studio behind, she travels through the streets and alleys of Taiwan, welcoming a variety of celebrity guests along the way. Dee’s Talk is an intimate talk show between Dee and her A-lister celebrity friends, including Golden Bell award-winning TV host Mickey Huang, Golden Melody Awards winner Harlem Yu, Golden Bell award-winning actress Alyssa Chia.

Hear U Out 2
Mediacorp Singapore

“Hear U Out” returns for a second season with Quan Yifong delving into what truly lies behind the glamour and glitz of her 18 celebrity guests. In between savouring sweet treats and delectable food, Yifong probes with a witty combo of dare and care with the aim of getting her guests to bare their heart and soul to her. Then she tops it off with a gift full of love and surprises.

Talk with Toeys
GMMTV CO., LTD 

“Talk-With-Toeys” is a late-night talk show born from the idea of the three LGBTQ+ best friend TV hosts: Pompam (Niti Chaichitathorn), Jennie (Jennie Panhan), and Pingpong (Thongchai Thongkanthom). The show aims to radiate positivity. Guests aren’t pressured into answering anything they don’t feel comfortable sharing. This is merely a cozy party, where guests and hosts alike are free to chat like old friends.

Best Current Affairs Programme Made in Asia for Int’l/Regional Markets Nominees

Behind the Opening Ceremony: The Director’s Cut
Beijing Radio & Television Station, China

“Behind the Opening Ceremony: The Director’s Cut” offers a dramatic, behind the scenes view of the creation process that led to the opening ceremony show that launched Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics. The two-part mini-series capitalizes on unprecedented access to follow Chinese director Zhang Yimou and his hand-picked team over three years of design and construction as they race to produce a slate of impressive performances in the midst of a global pandemic.

Breathe Again: India’s Battle with Covid-19
Blue Petal Films India / CNA, Mediacorp

In the spring of 2021, a devastating second wave of Covid-19 sweeps India. As the demand for oxygen, hospital beds and medicines escalate, Indians from different parts of the country come together to help: youths set up an online resource bank of medical essentials, people provide free oxygen supplies to villages, friends start a hospital for the needy, and ambulance companies ferry the deceased for their last rights. This is the story of a nation coming together to fight an unseen enemy.

The Raincoat Killer
Beach House Pictures

A three-part docuseries that follows Yoo Young Chul, a notorious serial killer who came to light as a psychopath to the South Korean public in 2004. Targeting wealthy elderly people, young women and sex workers, Yoo killed a total of 20 people in various parts of Seoul. The series examines the horrific chain of events through never-before-seen archival footage and compelling interviews with the people directly involved in the case, including the victims’ family members; the officer in charge of the case; other detectives and investigators; prosecutors; lawyers; and profilers Lee Soo-Jung, Bae Sang-Hoon, and Kwon Il-Yong, South Korea’s first criminal profiler who interacted directly with Yoo.

Best Current Affairs Programme for a Single Asian Market Nominees

999: Jenayah Musim Banjir
Sistem Televisyen Malaysia

Dangals of Crime
Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India

Gaganyaan – Bharat Ki Antariksh Udaan
Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India

India’s Space Odyssey 
Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India

The story of India’s space programme from the early days to the present and where it plans to go in the future. The film talks about how the space programme evolved and the challenges it faced on this journey to being one of the most formidable space programmes of its time.

Money Mafia S2
Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India

Best Factual Entertainment Programme Made in Asia for Int’l/Regional Markets Nominees

A Kiss of Sweets
Warner Bros. Discovery / Youku / OPG

Journey of Warriors
Warner Bros. Discovery / Tencent Video / IFA Media

Explorer Josh James heads into the wilds of China to re-create the toughest journeys of survival ever recorded. A celebrity insider joins him on each mission, and together they retrace the steps of real-life heroes. 

Wow! Thailand
GMMTV CO., LTD 

Best Factual Entertainment Programme for a Single Market in Asia Nominees

Dishing with Chris Lee
Mediacorp Singapore

Singapore celebrity Christopher Lee returns to village life. An avid foodie and self-taught cook, Lee shares meals, childhood memories and life stories with guests who join him at the kampong.

India’s Ultimate Warrior
Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India

Mahakavi
Gravitas Media / Mediacorp Singapore 

Tell You Law
MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems / Astro Malaysia

Towkay, Take a Break
Mediacorp Singapore

Best Factual Programme made in Asia for a Single Market in Asia Nominees

Being Together: A Family Portrait (Malaysia)
August Pictures Singapore

Part of a series that attempted to close the distance between loved ones torn apart by Covid-19, this episode focuses on a Malaysian couple working in Singapore while their daughters are with grandparents in Kuala Lumpur, and a Singapore woman who finds love in Malaysia during lockdown and reaches out to her estranged father in Singapore. 

Being Together: A Family Portrait (Germany)
August Pictures / Mediacorp Singapore

Dark Mysteries – Anjaan Kahaniyaan
Warner Bros. Discovery

Inside Crime Scene: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer
August Pictures Singapore

Majalah 3: Kita Masih Belum Menang
Sistem Televisyen Malaysia

Best Factual Programme made in Asia for Multiple Asian and/or Int’l Markets Nominees

Catching A Killer: The Hwaseong Murders
Make Waves / CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd

Evolve
Beach House Pictures

Evolve explores the emerging world of biomimicry using animal adaptations to find futuristic and sustainable solutions to human problems. Headlined by Patrick Aryee, biologist and host of 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter, Evolve covers themes ranging from healthcare to exploration to conservation.

Forgotten Children
Threesixzero Productions / Mediacorp Singapore 

Golden Crispy “Sugar Melons” Only Made in Winter
Goldthread, South China Morning Post

Green Heroes: Challenging the Desert
National Geographic

Best Kids TV Programme in Asia Nominees

Lamput Meets Tuzki
Warner Bros. Discovery / Vaibhav Studios / Inspidea

The madcap stories continue, once again uniting Cartoon Network APAC brands – Tuzki and Lamput. In one of the latest of expanded seven-minute episodes, Lamput has been caught and the Docs don’t have much to do but to give tours to visiting students. Until one of these students – Tuzki – gets lost and Lamput kicks into action. 

Mindblown! – Help, Is Singapore Going To Drown?
CNA / Mediacorp Singapore

Puberteens – Boys Don’t Cry
Finding Pictures / Mediacorp Singapore

Best LBGTQ+ Programme made in Asia Nominees

Bad Buddy Series
GMMTV CO., LTD 

Two boys destined to detest each other form a friendship that grows despite obstacles that fate, family and society throw their way.

The Miracle of Teddy Bear (คุณหมีปาฏิหาริย์ /Khunmee Patiharn)
BEC World (Plc) / Tanadlakorn / Yuthtana Lopanpaibul

Not Me
GMMTV CO., LTD 

Best Original Song for an Asian TV Programme or Movie Nominees

“Gonna Rise Up” (128 Circle S2)
Weiyu Films Pte Ltd, Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd

Gonna Rise Up was composed for 128 Circle S2 by Singapore composer/singer Shabir, with lyrics by Shabir’s teenage daughter, Alesha. The series is about a group of street food sellers in the midst of the pandemic.  The idea for Gonna Rise Up came from the desire of EPs – Lee Thean-jeen & Lim Bee Lin – for an original composition that would be uplifting to viewers and send a message that we can all get through the tough times if we stick together. 

“Night Time” – Vachirawit Chivaaree (Ost. F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers)
GMMTV CO., LTD 

“One Hug” – Vachirawit Chivaaree  (Ost 2gether The Movie)
GMMTV CO., LTD 

“Wannabe”
PCCW OTT (Thailand)

“Who am I”
Vachirawit Chivaaree, MetawinOpas-iamkajorn, Jirawat Sutivanichsak & Hirunkit Changkham (Ost. F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers)
GMMTV CO., LTD 

Best Short-form Drama Series Nominees

Identiti
Papahan FIlms / Mediacorp Singapore

Korban
Monochromatic Pictures / Mediacorp Singapore

Maybe, Marriage
Momo Film Co / Viddsee Studios (network)  

The story of a 27-year-old convinced that something is wrong with her. Her boyfriend leaves, she’s the only singleton in her group and her job isn’t going well. Then her ex asks her to pose for wedding photographs to show his dying mother at the same time as a handsome neighbour moves in.

Mirage
Viddsee

Mr. Zhou’s Ghost Stories @ Job Haunting
Mediacorp Singapore

Best TV Format Adaptation (Scripted) in Asia Nominees

F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers
GMMTV CO., LTD 

The Broken Marriage Vow
ABS-CBN Philippines

Dr Jill Victorino Ilustre is living a perfect life with her husband, David and son, Gio. But her career and family life shatter when she discovers David’s infidelity with Lexy. The Broken Marriage Vow is based on BBC Studios’ scripted series, Doctor Foster

我家浴缸的二三事 (49 Days With A Merman)
Medialink (Asia) Limited Taiwan Branch / KKTV Co., Ltd / Medialink Entertainment Limited

Best TV Format Adaptation (Unscripted) in Asia Nominees

All Together Now Malaysia S1
MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems / Astro Malaysia

LEGO Masters China
Banijay Rights

MasterChef Singapore S3
Motion Content Group / Beach House Pictures

Project Runway Thailand
JKN Best Life for JKN18 Thailand

Saturday Night Live Korea
NBCUniversal Formats, Coupang Play, AStory

Best Asian Feature Film or Telemovie Nominees

Exes Goods Thriftshop (Toko Barang Mantan)
MNC Pictures / MNC Digital & Entertainment / MNC Group Indonesia

Gensan Punch
Warner Bros. Discovery / HBO / Centre Stage Production

Based on a true story, Gensan Punch follows Naozumi Tsuchiyama, a disabled athlete who refuses to let his artificial leg hinder his dream of becoming a professional boxer.

You Have To Kill Me
Studio76 Original Productions / Southern Flame / inJECT Inspiration Taiwan

“You Have to Kill Me” is about a mother who abandons her past and real identity in seeking justice for her son’s death, arranging a mind-blowing pitfall to trap the murderer. This is a death-match between a mother and a father, in the name of love. In this delicate but dangerous game, the father will witness his son putting an end to his life and his wife putting her own life at risk …

Best Asian Drama for a Regional/Int’l Market Nominees

DCU: Deep Crime Unit
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television / Keshet International / Facet4 Media

F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers
GMMTV CO., LTD 

Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam
Zee Zindagi / Zee5

Seven femme fatales come together in this first-of-its-kind desi noir anthology series in which, when women are played, the compliments are repaid …. in blood. Each episode brings to light the story of a woman betrayed and a woman avenged, coalescing until the lines blur between right and wrong.

Rudra: The Edge of Darkness
Disney+ Hotstar / Applause Entertainment Pvt Ltd / BBC Studios India

Tokyo MER: Mobile Emergency Room
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Japan

A medical drama about an emergency response team outfitted with cutting-edge tech and a mobile operating room to respond to accidents, natural disasters & other emergencies. The team is headed by a brilliant young ER doctor, Kota Kitami, who puts his life on the line to rescue those in imminent danger.

Best Drama Series/Telefilm Made for A Single Asian Market Nominees

Home Is Where The Heart Is
Viddsee / Mediacorp Singapore

Mithya
ZEE5 / Applause Entertainment Pvt Ltd / Rose Audio Visuals

My Mini-Me and Me
Infocus Asia / Mediacorp

This Land is Mine
Weiyu Films Pte Ltd / Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd

This Land Is Mine is set at the end of World War II. Singapore has returned to British rule after four years of Japanese Occupation. Although the war is over, other battles continue to rage on as long-simmering tensions between the locals and the colonial powers boil to the surface, and a fight for freedom and identity begins.

A Tale of Ylang Ylang (สร้อยสะบันงา / Sroi-Sabun-Nga)
BEC World (Plc) / Maker J Group / Jariya Anfone

Best Director of a Scripted TV Programme Nominees

Alberto “Treb” Monteras II for Still
Viu / This Side Up Manila

During the first few months of Covid-19, a group of aspiring artists are in lock-down at a music camp, where they unlock friendship and rediscover themselves and their dreams. Through song, they prove they still have a voice, that they still matter. The show evokes the anxiety, loss, grief and sadness wrought by the pandemic. It’s also a story of courage, strength, connection and hope.

Erik Matti for On The Job
Warner Bros. Discovery / HBO

Patha Thongpan for F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers
GMMTV CO., LTD 

Umi Salwana Omar for Seribu Nina
Viu / Infinitus Ventures Malaysia

Zhang-Lun Chen & Yi-Wen Yen for The Making of an Ordinary Woman II
Screenworks Asia / CTS / Variety Shows Films Taiwan

Best Male Lead in a TV Programme Nominees

Cheng Jen-Shuo for You Have to Kill Me
Studio76 Original Productions / Southern Flame / inJECT Inspiration Taiwan

“You Have to Kill Me” is about a mother has to abandon her past and real identity in seeking justice for his son’s death, arranging a mind-blowing pitfall to trap the murderer. This is a death-match between a mother and a father, in the name of love. In this delicate but dangerous game, the father will witness his son putting an end to his life and she is also putting her own life at risk …”

John Arcilla for On The Job
Warner Bros. Discovery / HBO

Directed by Erik Matti, “On The Job” is an engrossing six-part crime thriller that couples poignant storytelling with heart- stopping suspense. Inspired by true events in the Philippines, the series centres around crime syndicates that temporarily release contracted prison inmates to carry out political assassinations for those in power. The crime syndicates are run by politicians. Set in a world ruled by corruption and greed, the characters struggle to find their footing as they continually uncover the web of deceit and violence that has pervaded their society. The series also highlights the real-world predicament concerning fake news and how easily truth can be manufactured and disseminated to the public in today’ s age of information.

Krating Khunnarong Pratesrat for Switch of Fate
BEC World (Plc) / Magic If One Entertainment / Krating – Khunnarong Pratesrat

In a twist of fate, Tet (a rising co-pilot born into a wealthy family) and Pasawat (a washed-out actor) swap souls/bodies in the wake of a car crash during the blood moon rising. Pasawat wakes up confused to see a face and body that is not his own but soon realises that the heavens may have given him a second chance at life as a successful and wealthy pilot with a beautiful fiancee, Kulanit. Tet is thrown into Pasawat’s chaotic and troubled life while on the run from a notorious drug dealer who is after drugs and money that Pasawat stole.

Nine Naphat Siangsomboon for A Tale of Ylang Ylang 
BEC World (Plc) / Maker J Group / Nine Naphat Siangsomboon

The story unfolds against the backdrop of Thailand after WWII. Ngam’s family has lost everything. Her father refuses to adjust to their new life and he recruits his daughter to help him get back what was lost. Ngam, with her brother Sala (Parit Thimthong) and their neighbor, Tian (Nine Naphat), form a bond to support each other. Tian is of Chinese descent and has been ostracised by the community, but he has always had Ngam’s best interests at heart. Tian works hard to show his worth to Ngam and her family. The two are parted when he is sent away to marry someone else and Ngam is taken by her aunt to live a luxurious life in a palace. Will they be able to forget and forgive their past and find their destiny together?

Norman Ishak for Identiti
Papahan FIlms / Mediacorp Singapore

Twenty years after being kidnapped, Adam Salihin returns to his family. But all is not quite as it seems. When Adam’s sudden reappearance captures media headlines, an ex-police officer contacts the family with his suspicions that their son may not be exactly who he says he is.

Best Female Lead in a TV Programme Nominees

Adriana Adnan for Seribu Nina
Viu, Infinitus Ventures Malaysia

When Amar, a straight-laced lecturer has second thoughts about his free-spirited and polar opposite girlfriend Nina, little does he know she is about to be sucked into one of a thousand dimensions where a thousand different Ninas exist. Amar must traverse these different worlds, encountering a different Nina in each one; some crazier and some even more perfect than his ‘original Nina’. Meanwhile, a bounty hunter also travels through the worlds in search of Nina, begging the question – who is Nina? Why are they after her? And was she ever really from Amar’s world at all?

Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul for A Tale of Ylang Ylang
BEC World (Plc) / Maker J Group / Baifern – Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul 

The romantic drama is set in post WWII Thailand. Sroisabunnga or Ngam’s (Baifern Pimchanok) family has lost everything. Her father refuses to adjust to their new life so, he recruits his daughter to help recover what was lost.

Jodi Sta. Maria for The Broken Marriage Vow
ABS-CBN Philippines

Jodi Sta. Maria stars as Jill Victorino Ilustre, a doctor living a perfect life with her husband, David and son, Gio. But her career and family life shatter when she discovers David’s infidelity with Lexy. Based on BBC Studios’ “Doctor Foster”.

Tontawan Tantivejakul for F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers
GMMTV CO., LTD  

In this coming-of-age series, Gorya is a typical high school girl who works part time at a flower shop to help support her family. When she passes the entrance exam of a prestigious, crazy-expensive high school, she becomes the family’s only path out of poverty. But the elite high school life, to Gorya, is artificial and annoying. She decides she will be the most unremarkable nobody, an aspiration no one in the whole school strives to be. When she stands up to the notorious group known as F4, she becomes the centre of attention.

Ying-Xuan Hsieh for The Making of an Ordinary Woman II
Screenworks Asia / CTS / Variety Shows Films Taiwan

Chia-Ling is ready for life after 40! With a stable relationship, a career change, the love and support of her family, and finally getting her own house, what’s not to like about 40? Just when she ventures into this new stage of womanhood, she shows signs of early menopause. Her father’s health deteriorates and he reconnects with his first love, leaving Chia-Ling’s mother upset and furious. As Chia-Ling juggles between work and her relationship, she must also deal with her peculiar family as her unfaithful father, self-pitying mother, confused brother, and hapless cousin all fight for her attention. Yet, none of these come close to an abrupt surprise: an innocent and unblemished life that will change Chia-Ling’s life on a catastrophic level.

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