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Andrea Martin named as host of 2015 Canadian Screen Awards

From a media release:

Andrea Martin to host Academy’s 2015 Canadian Screen Awards

Andrea Martin will host the Academy’s 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, broadcast live on CBC prime time on Sunday March 1, 2015, it was announced today by Helga Stephenson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. www.academy.ca

“Andrea Martin is the perfect host as we move into the gorgeous Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,” says Stephenson.

Stage and screen star Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) previously hosted the Academy’s former Gemini Awards on CBC in 1986 and 1987 to rave reviews.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting the CSAs,” said Ms. Martin, “especially since the film and television awards have converged on one special night. It gives Canadians everywhere, more time to figure out what’s happening on ORPHAN BLACK.”

“Andrea Martin is an unrivalled comedian,” says Jennifer Dettman, CBC Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content. “We are honoured to welcome her back to the CBC to host the live 2 hour 2015 Canadian Screen Awards,” she added.

Andrea Martin’s incomparable list of credits – both on stage and screen – was celebrated once again when she won the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Eliot Norton award for Best Featured actress in a musical, for her show-stopping performance as Berthe, in the 2013 revival of “Pippin”. Martin followed this up with receiving the Outer Critics Outstanding Featured Actress Award in the James Lapine adaptation of Moss Hart’s Act One . Previous theatre work includes both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations for her role as Juliette, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon, in the Broadway production of “Exit the King”. Other Broadway credits include, Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” (Tony, Drama Desk nomination), and her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominated performances as Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma”, and the Old Lady in “Candide”, as well as “My Favorite Year” at the Lincoln Center for which she won her first Tony Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards.

Andrea Martin received two Emmy awards for writing and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a variety series for her work on the legendary sketch comedy show, SCTV. Martin received a special Emmy for her contributions on Sesame Street as well. Martin’s Television work includes: NURSE JACKIE; 30 ROCK; and her own special for ShowTime, ANDREA MARTIN, TOGETHER AGAIN. Martin tours North America with her one-person show entitled, “Final Days! Everything Must Go!!” and starred in the NBC/Shaw series WORKING THE ENGELS.

Andrea Martin’s film appearances include Club Paradise, Wag the Dog, The Producers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (SAG award nomination, best ensemble and People’s Choice award). Martin will be seen this Christmas opposite Ben Stiller, in Night at the Museum 3 movie.

Link: Paul Gross honoured by Canadian Screen Awards

From The Globe and Mail:

Actor Paul Gross, documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock and TSN personality Michael Landsberg are among six honourees set to be recognized at next year’s Canadian Screen Awards.

“Due South” and “Slings & Arrows” star Gross will receive the Earle Grey Award, given to an actor or actress for a body of work in Canadian TV.

“Rookie Blue” producer Tassie Cameron will receive the Margaret Collier Award for a written body of work in TV, GlassBOX founder Jeffrey Elliott will claim the Digital Media Trailblazing Award and Landsberg will be honoured for his humanitarian work. Continue reading.

Link: Rick Mercer and Jann Arden set to host CCMAs

From Bill Harris of QMI Agency:

Rick Mercer excited to co-host CCMAs with Jann Arden
“You know, I have a file on my computer of song ideas that I’ve sent to Jann Arden and she refuses to read. Every single time I’ve spent time with Jann Arden (for segments on Rick Mercer Report or otherwise), I’ve suggested, ‘Hey, you and I should write a song together,’ and she quickly changes the subject. That is not an exaggeration.” Continue reading.

Martin Short to host the 2014 Screenies

From a media release:


  • Award show honours excellence in Canadian film and television

Celebrated actor and comedian Martin Short is set to host the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards once again, following a memorable performance at last year’s inaugural ceremony. The awards will be broadcast live on CBC-TV on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the Canadian Screen Awards,” said Short. “Actually it’s more than a thrill, it’s a contractual obligation.”

“We are eager to see what Martin Short has in store for us at this year’s awards, as we celebrate the best in Canadian talent,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director of Studio and Unscripted Programming. “Last year he pulled out all the stops, making the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards an unforgettable night. He is such a renowned entertainer, and we are honoured to have him as our host for the second year in a row.”

Both an SCTV and Saturday Night Live alumnus, Short is one of Canada’s most successful film and television comedians. The Hamilton, Ontario native’s career spans not only the big and small screens, but the stage as well, where he won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of Little Me. In addition to starring in his own television series and specials, Short’s film career includes starring roles in Three Amigos and the Father of the Bride movies, with television roles in the American legal thriller Damages and next season’s Mulaney.

Screenies Special Award winners announced

From a media release:

Canadian Screen Awards reveal Academy Special Award winners Semi Chellas, David Cronenberg, Alanis Obomsawin, Alan Sawyer & W5 honoured

The Academy Special Award winners for the 2014 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Margaret Collier Award — For a Writer’s Exceptional Contribution to Canadian Television sponsored by Halfire-CORE Entertainment
You’ve heard her words on Mad Men, Rookie Blue and The Eleventh Hour: three-time Gemini Award winner and Emmy-nominated writer and screenwriter Semi Chellas is the deserving recipient of this year’s Margaret Collier Award. Born in Palo Alto, raised in Calgary and based in Toronto, Chellas was co-creator of the critically acclaimed prime-time Gemini Award winning series The Eleventh Hour, recently wrote the TV movie Murder on Her Mind and also authored the Gemini/Emmy nominated Dead Aviators for Showtime/CBC, as well as directed a series of short films. She is Co-Executive Producer of Mad Men.

Lifetime Achievement Award (FILM & TV) — For Exceptional Contribution to the Canadian Film & Television Industry
Innovative Toronto filmmaker, screenwriter and actor David Cronenberg has reimagined the cinematic landscape with such groundbreaking body horror and sci-fi films as Rabid, Videodrome, Dead Ringers and Crash. With his films tallying more than $230.7 million at the worldwide box office, Cronenberg, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has been rewarded for his unique, imaginative and progressive artistic vision with the Cannes Film Festival’s Carrosse d’Or; the Légion d’honneur in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. “David Cronenberg: Evolution” – a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) exhibition honouring his work, opens October 30.

Humanitarian Award (FILM & TV) — For Exceptional Contributions to Community & Public Service
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Québec, Order of Canada Officer Alanis Obomsawin is an Abenaki-Canadian documentarian credited with chronicling First Nations culture and history for more than 40 years. This year’s Humanitarian Award winner has been previously honoured with The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Obomsawin’s latest documentary — 2013’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! — premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September.

Digital Media Trailblazing Award (posthumously) — For an Outstanding Achievement in Canadian Digital Media sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Emmy-Award winning trans-media storytelling consultant and interactive content creator Alan Sawyer is this year’s Digital Media Trailblazing Award recipient for his efforts in advancing the development of and interaction between digital platforms and more traditional media. Sawyer was interested in the policy implications of changing media and media consumption and worked with the CRTC and other organizations to improve our understanding. Sawyer was also a matchmaking liaison between producers, broadcasters and emerging digital media companies, and a teacher, mentor and friend to many who worked in this still emerging field.

Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism (TV) — To Honour Exceptional Contributions in Canadian Television Journalism
W5, the longest-running newsmagazine/documentary program in North America, is the recipient of this year’s Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. A forerunner and direct inspiration of CBS’ acclaimed 60 Minutes, W5 was launched by CTV News in 1966 and has been hosted by a number of prominent journalists, including Michael Maclear, Henry Champ, Helen Hutchinson, Eric Malling and the current lineup of Lloyd Robertson, Sandie Rinaldo, Kevin Newman, Lisa LaFlamme, Victor Malarek and Tom Kennedy. W5 airs Saturday nights at 7 p.m. on CTV.