Canadians Kristin Kreuk and Â Drew and Jonathan Scott were among the winners celebrated during the Rockie Awards gala on Tuesday night at the Banff World Media Festival.
Hosted by Jann Ardenâ€”who kept the night light and upbeat with tales of bad relationships and once suffering from diarrhea onstage during a performance in Berlinâ€”the festival honours outstanding talent and executives from the industry.
“We want to extend a giant thank you to all of the people who made this possible for us,” Jonathan Scott said. The pair were given the Innovative Producer Award, whichÂ recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence and achievements of an independent producer in TV/digital media. The Scott Brothers have amassed an empire of television programs through Property Brothers and spinoffs, as well as launching programs under their production banner like Menu Match-up, Reno, Set Go and Half Price Paradise. Past honorees of the Innovative Producer AwardÂ include New Metric Media, Wolf + Rabbit, Don Carmody and marblemedia.
“The reason that I am standing here today is in large part due to luck/privilege and other people who could see more of the playing field than I could,” Kreuk said. The star and executive producer of CBC’s Burden of Truth was given the Canadian Award of Distinction for aÂ body of work that exemplifies outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry. Past honorees include Sheila Hockin, Just For Laughs, Eric McCormack and Kim Cattrall.
“I never really set out with a plan to do any of this, and along the way, I have made some good decisions and some terrible ones,” Kreuk said. “There are times that I just wanted to leave and times I’ve been devasted by the toxicity of this business. And without good, solid people around me, professionally and personally, I would not have made it this far.”
Here is a complete list of the winners:
CANADIAN AWARD OF DISTINCTION:
Kristin Kreuk (Burden of Truth, EuroTrip, Smallville)
INNOVATIVE PRODUCER AWARD:
Scott Brothers Entertainment Inc.
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR:
Surviving R. Kelly
THE GRAND JURY PRIZE:
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE:
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids,Â Freaks and Geeks, Ghostbusters,Â The Heat)
SHOWRUNNER OF THE YEAR:
Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard, Line of Duty)
A+E INCLUSION AWARD:
Kitti Jones, survivor and author, Brie Miranda Bryant, SVP and Executive Producer, Lifetime, dream hampton, executive producer, Tamra Simmons, executive producer (Surviving R. Kelly)
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER IMPACT AWARD:
Justin Simien (Dear White People)
SIR PETER USTINOV COMEDY AWARD:
Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck, Saturday Night Live)
Image courtesy of Kristian Bogner.