Canadian screenwriting award winners

From the Writers Guild of Canada:

Canada’s best screenwriters honoured at the 2007 Canadian Screenwriting Awards

Brad Wright was named the first recipient of the WGC Showrunner Award for his outstanding creative vision as writer/producer of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 at the 2007 Canadian Screenwriting Awards, presented by the Writers Guild of Canada.

Screenwriters Sarah Polley (Away From Her), Brent Butt and Kevin White (Corner Gas) and Susan Coyne, Bob Martin and Mark McKinney (Slings & Arrows) were among the people recognized at this special awards ceremony, which is judged solely on the merits of the script – not the produced television/radio program or film.

In addition, the Alex Barris Mentorship Award was given to producer Ilana Frank, who has helped many writers achieve their potential, the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize for best unproduced miniseries/movie script was given to Ryan Redford, and the Writers Block Award for service to the Guild was given to Sondra Kelly and Sugith Varughese. A complete list of winners is in the attached press release.

The awards ceremony was held on April 23 at the Brant House in Toronto and hosted by Gavin Crawford from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, who co-wrote the show with Kyle Tingley. Several guest presenters were on hand to give out awards, such as actors Sheila McCarthy and Sitara Hewitt from Little Mosque on the Prairie, showrunner Susin Nielsen and actor Linda Kash from Robson Arms, and writer/director/actor Don McKellar.

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