Awards for The Katering Show, Airlock

21 October, 2015 by Don Groves

The Katering Show, Marc Furmie’s Airlock and nine-year-old Grace Mulgrew have won key prizes at the second annual Australian Online Video Awards.

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan's The Katering Show, which parodies the obsession with food culture, was named best overall video and best performance at the OVAs staged in Melbourne on Wednesday night.


The duo, who are repped by WME and are hoping to crack the US market, win a trip to YouTube’s Creator Space in Los Angeles to learn from world leaders in online video production and marketing, supported by YouTube.

Funded by Screen Australia, the show follows McLennan as a horrendously smug foodie as she tries to teach McCartney, a food-intolerant anti-foodie, how to cook new dishes. The series has had nearly 5 million views, according to producer Tamasin Simpkin.

McCartney tells IF, "When we started The Katering Show we hoped we would get 10,000 views.  To be vaguely successful and now have this kind of recognition is incredibly humbling and quite overwhelming."

Both Kates are new mothers so their trip to LA will probably be early  in the new year. They are also developing a second series of the cooking satire which they aim to shoot  next year, and another project about which they are, ah, keeping mum.       

Produced and co-created by Enzo Tedeschi with Julian Harvey, Airlock was named best drama. The sci-fi series starring Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin) and Dan Mor (Underbelly) follows the investigation into the murder of the crew of a derelict spaceship.

Winner of the best kids content was Grace Mulgrew, who creates videos for her YouTube channel which feature her heroine Barbie on various adventures.

Her father Greg, a computer engineer, helps with filming, makes storyline suggestions and edits the videos. Launched just 18 months ago, the channel has 224,000 subscribers and has been viewed a phenomenal 199 million times.

Best channel was Mighty Car Mods, the world’s number 1 online DIY automotive show created by friends Marty and Moog (Blair Joscelyne and Martin Mulholland), who started filming videos on Marty’s mum's driveway in 2007.

The OVAs are presented by Open Channel and, supported by YouTube and Film Victoria,  with prizes by Madman Entertainment, Pozible, Roadshow Films, Screen Producers Australia, Australian Directors Guild, AFI | AACTA and Shaun Miller Lawyers.

Open Channel’s acting executive director Cristina Pozzan said the awards are "connecting to a whole new batch of emerging online content makers and helping the industry and public recognise the exciting possibilities of these new forms of creative development.”

The full list of winners follows. To watch the videos, go to

Best Overall
The Katering Show

Best Animation (series, channel or one-­â€off)
Colourblind – Elliot the Bull, submitted by Samuel Lewis

Best Channel
Mighty Car Mods, submitted by Blair Joscelyne and Martin Mulholland

Best Collaboration
Veritasium, submitted by Derek Muller

Best Comedy (series, channel or one-­â€off)
How To Talk Australians, submitted by Tony Rogers

Best Drama (series, channel or one-­â€off)
Airlock, submitted by Enzo Tedeschi

Best Innovation
Doodles, submitted by Daley Pearson

Best Kid’s Content (series, channel or one-­â€off)
Grace Mulgrew, submitted by Grace Mulgrew

Best Music Video
Fraser A Gorman – Broken Hands, submitted by Sunny Leunig

Best New Talent TIE
I Can’t Even, submitted by Hayley Adams Jules Tognini, submitted by Jules Tognini

Best Non-­â€Fiction (series, channel or one-­â€off)
Veritasium, submitted by Derek Muller

Best Performance (series, channel or one-­â€off)
The Katering Show, submitted by Tamasin Simpkin

Best Vlog / Personality Driven Series
communitychannel, submitted by Natalie Tran