[Press Release by SBS]

SBS police drama East West 101 has received six Australian Film Industry award nominations with the broadcaster scoring seven nominations in total including Best Light Entertainment program for RocKwiz.

Critically acclaimed and a hit with SBS audiences, the second series of East West 101 is now in production. The brainchild of producers Steve Knapman and Kris Wyld, East West 101 is nominated for:
Best Telefeature, Mini-series or short run series
Best Direction – Peter Andrikidis (episode 2)
Best Screenplay – Kris Wyld (episode 2)
Best Lead Actor – Don Hany and William McInnes
Best Guest or Supporting Actor – Taffy Hany

“These nominations are testament to the quality of East West 101 and the talent of everyone involved,” SBS Head of Content, Matt Campbell said.

“It is also incredible that father and son acting powerhouses Taffy and Don Hany are both nominated for awards. Their affection and intimacy on screen is one of the great hallmarks of this series.

“SBS is proud to be associated with a series as compelling and authentic as East West 101 which is based on the real life experiences of a culturally diverse detective squad in the Western Suburbs of Sydney.

“It is gritty, realistic and doesn’t airbrush the real life tensions that the squad would encounter. It is rare for SBS to have the resources to produce subsequent series of any show, particularly Australian drama, and we look forward to seeing how the series and the characters evolve in season two.

“Congratulations also must go to the RocKwiz team. It is one of SBS’s longest running and most successful entertainment programs and this year’s nomination backs up a strong showing at the 2007 AFIs.”

SBS audiences will get to see the second series of East West 101 next year.

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