Anne with an E showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett, Letterkenny and Bad Blood production company New Metric Media, and veteran producer Sheila Hockin were among the Canadians feted during the Rockie Awards gala on Tuesday night at the Banff World Media Festival.
Hosted by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenowethâ€”who began the show by munching ketchup potato chips and Timbits and closed with a stirring rendition of “The Prayer”â€”the evening also saluted Canadians who’ve made good in Hollywood. Jeremy Podeswa captured the Award of Excellence for his body of work as a director of such programs as Game of Thrones, Queer as Folk, The Tudors and The Pacific.Â David Shore was on hand to accept The Hollywood Reporter Impact Award for his hit medical drama The Good Doctor.
“Support is at the heart of innovation,” Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media’s president and executive producer of Letterkenny, Bad Blood and What Would Sal Do?,Â said upon receiving the Innovative Producer Award. “One can dream big all day long, but without the support of countless people, those ideas would simply remain as big dreams and not realities.”
Hockin was given the Canadian Award of Distinction for producing such shows as Vikings, The Handmaid’s Tale, Penny Dreadful, The Borgias, The Tudors, Canada’s Next Top Model and Queer as Folk.
Walley-Beckett accepted the Showrunner of the Year Award for her work on Anne with an E, set to return for Season 2 on Netflix next month and CBC in September.
“[Showrunning] is like conducting a full orchestra to play a symphony that you composed,” she said on-stage. “At the end of every season, I celebrate that I’ve lived to tell the tale. I love my work. Sleep is overrated. So is sanity.”
Here is the complete list of winners:
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
INNOVATIVE PRODUCER AWARD
New Metric Media
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER IMPACT AWARD
The Good Doctor
A&E INCLUSION AWARD
CANADIAN AWARD OF DISTINCTION
SHOWRUNNER OF THE YEAR
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
This Is Us
SIR PETER USTINOV COMEDY AWARD
COMPANY OF DISTINCTION