From a media release:
Being Erica Wins at C21/FRAPA Format Awards
The CBCÃ‚Â series Being Erica received the award for Best Scripted Format at the prestigious C21/FRAPA Format Awards last Wednesday night at a gala dinner and awards show held as part of MIPCOM in Cannes, France.
Being Erica is a one-hour series that explores the life of Erica Strange, a woman who has been given a wonderful gift. In every episode, Erica goes back to relive a regret from her past, in order to come back and make a positive change in her present.
Erica’s issues are universal Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the trials and tribulations of life that everyone faces. The stories of Erica’s life fall into four major streams: family, friends, work, and love. Each episode, Erica faces a crisis in one of these areas of her life. Aided by her mysterious therapist, Dr. Tom, she then returns to a specific moment from her past and, by reliving that event, she is able to resume life in the present with a new perspective.
The critically and commercially acclaimed series airs in Canada on CBC Television and has proven to be extremely popular and successful worldwide. International distributor BBC Worldwide has sold Being Erica to SOAPnet (U.S.), E4 (UK), ABC2 (Australia), Paramount Comedy (Spain), LaLaTv (Japan) and on SBS/Net5 in Holland where the show has garnered 20 per cent market share Ã¢â‚¬â€œ an astounding success as a new series. Several other exciting sales in key territories are imminent.
In addition, Being Erica was short-listed for a Rose D’Or Award for international television in the category of Best Drama.
Being Erica was created by Jana Sinyor (Dark Oracle) and is executive produced by David Fortier (How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg (How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Billable Hours), Aaron Martin (Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Best Years) and Jana Sinyor.
The C21/FRAPA Format Awards are devoted exclusively to television formats and offer a unique online screening and voting mechanism that delivers C21’s 30,000-strong online community. As a result, the Awards are considered international in scope and truly democratic offering a true reflection of the best in the global format industry.