From a media release:
Little Mosque on the Prairie Wins Big at International TV Industry Awards’ Roma Fiction Fest
- Hit Canadian television sitcom brings back `Best Series’ and `Best Writing’ awards from prestigious international television festival
Little Mosque On The Prairie, the WestWind Pictures-produced breakout hit comedy which airs in Canada on the CBC was presented with two of the most prestigious awards handed out at the this year’s Roma Fiction Fest, announced Mary Darling, the show’s Executive Producer.
Roma Fiction Fest is a major international television industry festival that takes place annually in Rome, Italy.
The awards bestowed upon the sitcom included Best Series, which beat out such powerhouse programming as West Wing and Torchwood. The decision was unanimous by all 30 judges who voted for Little Mosque On The Prairie. The show also took home the award for Best Writing. Little Mosque On The Prairie was the only show to receive multiple awards at this year’s festival.
According to Rome Fiction Fest Deputy Director, Marco Spagnoli, “There was never a better time in this world for a show like Little Mosque On The Prairie…and no show did a better job of addressing some of our most pressing social concerns, yet with a sense of humour.”
Little Mosque On The Prairie averaged one million viewers per episode in its first season and is currently in production on season two where 20 new episodes are being shot. The show’s second season is scheduled to begin airing in October 2007 on the CBC.
“The CBC is so proud to be a part of a show that speaks across borders, and to win awards with such steep competition is further proof of the greatness of Canadian talent,” said Kirstine Layfield, executive director, network programming, CBC Television.
The show recently made international headlines when it was announced that WestWind Pictures signed its first international distribution deal for the show with French broadcasting giant Canal Plus.
“This show has tremendous appeal to people globally and it is now being recognized for what it truly is, a little sitcom with a big heart,” said Darling.
Photo: Michael Kennedy, director of Little Mosque On The Prairie receiving the Roma Fiction Fest awards from ABC’s `Lost’ cast member, Terry O’Quinn