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Orphan Black, Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience among top TV nominations for 2017 Canadian Screen Awards

From a media release:
ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 2017 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

The nominees for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

CSA nominations in 134 categories (24 film, 100 in television and 10 in digital media) were announced today at simultaneous press conferences in Toronto and Montreal and via Facebook Live on the Academy’s Canadian Screen Awards Facebook page here.

For a list of this year’s nominees in film, television and digital media, please click the below links:

The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast LIVE on CBC March 12, at 8 pm (9 pm AT; 9:30 pm NT) from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. They will cap off the Academy’s Canadian Screen Week featuring seven events in seven days (March 6-12).

2017 Canadian Screen Awards presenters, additional Academy Special Awards and details of Canadian Screen Week events will also be announced in the coming weeks. Please check regularly for updates:www.academy.ca.

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Canadian Screen Awards announce special award winners

From a media release:

Academy Announces Special Award Winners and
the Inaugural John Dunning Discovery Award

  • Tantoo Cardinal, Simcha Jacobovici and Randall Okita
    to be honoured

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television today announced three Special Award recipients for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. Artist and filmmaker Randall Okita will be honoured with the inaugural John Dunning Discovery Award for The Lockpicker and additional Special Awards will be presented to prolific actor Tantoo Cardinal (Earle Grey Award), award-winning filmmaker and journalist Simcha Jacobovici (Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism). The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 8 pm (9 pm AT; 9:30 pm NT).

“Each year, the Academy recognizes a uniquely talented group of people for their indelible contributions to the Canadian media landscape,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “This year’s winners embody the spirit of Canadian artistry and we are honoured to celebrate their outstanding achievements, creativity and talent.”

“The Academy is proud to recognize this year’s recipients for their contribution to our screen-based industries. Voices such as theirs are reflective of Canada’s diverse range of talent and narratives,” said Academy Chair Martin Katz.

The John Dunning Award was created in collaboration with his son Greg Dunning to honour the legacy of the pioneering Canadian producer who co-founded Cinepix, the forerunner of Lionsgate, and boosted the careers of David Cronenberg and Ivan Reitman.

“My father always gave young people the opportunity to work in his productions. I am grateful to the Academy that we can continue his legacy with this award. This is a wonderful way to keep his enthusiasm alive by helping the careers of a new generation of filmmakers,” said Greg Dunning.

These Academy Special Awards—as well the previously announced Lifetime Achievement Award (Christopher Plummer) —will be presented during Canadian Screen Week (March 6 –12, 2017).

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Howie Mandel to host 2017 Canadian Screen Awards

From a media release:

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television today announced Canadian born and raised comedian, actor and television personality Howie Mandel will host the Academy’s 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television today announced Canadian born and raised comedian, actor and television personality Howie Mandel will host the Academy’s 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast LIVE on CBC from the prestigious Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on March 12, 2017.

Emmy-nominated Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. His versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage and he has served as executive producer for many shows through his production company Alevy Productions. Mandel currently serves as a judge on NBC hit summer talent competition series, America’s Got Talent, now in its 11th season. Mandel continues to be a mainstay of the talk-show and comedy circuits and his next project will see him producing the series Caraoke Showdown hosted by Craig Robinson which will air on Spike TV in early 2017.

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Link: Canadian film and TV academy to rebrand

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: Canadian film and TV academy to rebrand
The new head of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television says she’s taking inspiration from some powerhouse U.S. producers in an effort to get Canadians more interested in homegrown fare.

Beth Janson says she’s planning a “big rebrand and refresh” in January meant to improve the organization’s mission to promote and discover different kinds of content. Continue reading.

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Jacob Tremblay, Camille Sullivan among winners at 2016 UBCP/ACTRA Awards

From a media release:

The 5th annual UBCP/ACTRA Awards took place this evening honouring five members for their work in the creative industries over the past year. With 32 nominees, winners were announced in the following categories:

Best Actor – Aleks Paunovic for his role in Numb

Best Actress – Camille Sullivan for her role in The Birdwatcher

Best Emerging Performer – Jacob Tremblay for his role in Room

Best Voice – Lee Tockar for his performance in Slug

Best Stunt  – Adrien Hein for his performance in Arrow

The John Juliani Award of Excellence was presented to John Wardlow, and the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award was presented to Joy Coghill.

The Awards gala evening was hosted by Lochlyn Munro and the live show was produced by Jay Ono.

Highlights of the evening include:

  • A Meatloaf song parody about the recent CRTC decision called “6 out of 10 ain’t bad”
  • Joy Coghill, Lorna Gale Women of Distinction Award winner, recounted memories from her long, successful career

On hand were some of Vancouver’s top performers including Keegan Connor Tracy, Ty Olsson, Eli Goree, Ben Ratner, Crystal Lowe, Gabrielle Rose, Julia Benson and Peter Benson. ACTRA National President, Ferne Downey, and National Executive Director, Stephen Waddell, joined in the celebration, alongside ACTRA Toronto President, David Sparrow, and Toronto Executive Director, Sue Milling.

Sponsors of the awards show included AFBS, ACTRA National and ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society, SAG/AFTRA, Breakdown Services, Casting Workbook, Canadian Media Producers Association (B.C. Branch), D’Alessio Law Group, Finalé Post, Kestrel Workplace Legal Counsel LLP, and IATSE 669.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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