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Kim’s Convenience toplines ACTRA Toronto Award winners

From a media release:

ACTRA Toronto is proud to announce the winners of its 15th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto.

Outstanding Performance – Female
Jean Yoon (Umma) Kim’s Convenience, “Gay Discount” (Thunderbird Films)

Outstanding Performance Male
Joey Klein (Bobby) We’re Still Together (Achromatic Media)

Outstanding Performance – Voice
Linda Kash (Gina Falcone) Fugget About It, “Vagina’s Got Talent” (9 Story Media Group)

The members’ choice Series Ensemble Award went to Kim’s Convenience.

Joel Keller presented ACTRA Toronto’s 2017 Award of Excellence to Yannick Bisson.

The ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award was presented posthumously to Joel Harris. His widow, stunt performer Alicia Turner, accepted.

The newly-elected President of ACTRA Toronto Theresa Tova said, “Canada has been reflected by ACTRA’s professional performers for fully half of Canada’s 150-year history. Linda Kash, Joey Klein, Jean Yoon, Yannick Bisson, Joel Harris and Kim’s Convenience, and all the nominees, personify the extraordinary talent of our professional acting community.”

The 15th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto were presented at a live show and gala tonight at The Carlu. The show was hosted by Aurora Browne, Carolyn Taylor and Jennifer Whalen from the Baroness Von Sketch troupe with live music by the 11-piece Wintergarten Orchestra with singer and actor Ted Atherton. The evening sported a theme to honour Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

The 15th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto were sponsored by: DIAMOND: Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, ACTRA National, ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society, ACTRA Recording Artists’ Collecting Society. PLATINUM: Bell Media, SAG-AFTRA. GOLD: CBC, CMPA, Deluxe, IATSE 873, Rhombus Media, Shaftesbury, United Steelworkers. POST-SHOW RECEPTION: eOne. SILVER: Cavalluzzo, Directors Guild of Canada (Ontario), RBC Royal Bank. BRONZE: Addenda Capital, Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union, Canada Film Capital and Entertainment Partners Canada, Don Carmody Productions, Frantic Films, Grant Thornton, HUB International, New Real Films, Serendipity Point Films, Take 5 Productions, Thunderbird Entertainment, TriBro Studios, Universal Promotions, Writers Guild of Canada.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 23,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.


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

From a media release:

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.


CBC renews Kim’s Convenience for second season

From a media release:

CBC today announced the renewal of its breakout hit comedy series KIM’S CONVENIENCE, following an acclaimed first season (13 x 30) that is drawing an average audience of 933,000 per episode to date (2+ AMA), with 39% of viewers in the 25 – 54 demographic.* A CBC original series produced by Thunderbird Entertainment (Thunderbird) in association with Soulpepper, the series will return with Season 2 (13 x 30) in fall 2017.

Based on the Soulpepper production of Ins Choi’s award-winning play, KIM’S CONVENIENCE is the funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in downtown Toronto. The series centres around Mr. and Mrs. Kim (‘Appa’ and ‘Umma’), who immigrated to Toronto in the ’80s to set up shop near Regent Park, and their two grown kids, Jung and Janet. The world of Kim’s Convenience is real, colourful and urban – a diverse landscape of people and places – with the Kim family at its core, as they find humour in their everyday lives running the store.

KIM’S CONVENIENCE airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and is also available to stream online at http://www.cbc.ca/kimsconvenience/. The series’ first season finale will air at a special time at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on Tuesday, December 27, featuring two back-to-back episodes.

Produced by Ivan Fecan and co-created by Ins Choi and Kevin White, KIM’S CONVENIENCE stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Shoot The Messenger, Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Appa, Jean Yoon (Orphan Black, The Expanse) as Umma, Simu Liu (Blood and Water, Taken) as Jung, Andrea Bang (Camp Death III: The Final Summer) as Janet, Andrew Phung (Adventures of a Pizza Guy) as Kimchee, and Nicole Power (Anne of Green Gables) as Shannon.

The series is executive produced by Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, Alexandra Raffé, Leslie Lester, Albert Schultz, Ins Choi and Kevin White, with Sandra Cunningham and Robin Cass (Strada Films) serving as supervising producers.


Kim’s Convenience’s Amanda Brugel on diversity on Canadian TV

From Hermione Wilson of The TV Junkies:

Kim’s Convenience’s Amanda Brugel on diversity on Canadian TV
“I think the explosion of the consciousness of the lack of diversity, particularly on social media, has really helped push things along. The younger generation especially is demanding that they are reflected on TV. I don’t think we’re near where we should be, but it’s progress.” Continue reading.


Link: In Kim’s Convenience, Canada’s first Asian sitcom family finds voice

From Grace Lee of NBC News:

Link: In Kim’s Convenience, Canada’s first Asian sitcom family finds voice
When Ins Choi found himself playwriting for an Asian-Canadian theater company, he didn’t have to look far for source material. For “Kim’s Convenience,” Choi found inspiration in his experiences growing up in Canada. The play was adapted into a television show and became a breakthrough for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation — the country’s national public broadcaster — premiering Canada’s first Asian leads in a TV sitcom in October. Continue reading.