Bell Media and Its Partners Collect 55 Awards at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards

— April 1st, 2019

– CTV’s hit original series CARDINAL ties for most wins of any TV series with seven awards, including Best Limited Series –
– Crave Original Series LETTERKENNY and CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA win five awards each –
– CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME wins Best National Newscast while TSN once again leads all sports broadcasters combined with seven wins –
– Films supported by Bell Media take home 21 wins, including Best Motion Picture for A Colony | Une colonie –

TORONTO (April 1, 2019) – Bell Media applauds its production partners, team members, and talent on their outstanding achievements at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Securing a total of 55 awards across television, film, and digital during Canadian Screen Week, Bell Media continues to be recognized for its championing of remarkable original Canadian content.

Bell Media and its partners won more awards than any other broadcaster at last night’s closing gala, including acting category wins for CARDINAL and LETTERKENNY, and Best Reality/Competition Program or Series for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

Overall, Bell Media was recognized with 34 Canadian Screen Awards in television and digital categories, more than any other private broadcaster, while Bell Media-supported films captured 21 additional awards.

“It has be a phenomenal year for original Canadian content and we are incredibly proud of our Bell Media team and partners who continue to deliver outstanding series and films for Canadian audiences and beyond,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We extend our warmest congratulations to all our winners and nominees across the various categories. And to Beth Janson and the stellar team at the Academy, congratulations on another phenomenal Canadian Screen Week and Awards.”

CTV’s acclaimed Canadian drama series CARDINAL, from Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, secured a total of seven awards, tied for the most CSAs for any television series, including Best Limited Series or Program; Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series for Billy Campbell; Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series for Karine Vanasse; Best Direction, Drama Program or Limited Series for Jeff Renfroe; and Best Writing, Drama Program or Limited Series for the episode “Red,” written by Sarah Dodd.

The Crave original series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, won in five significant categories, including Best Direction, Comedy, and Best Writing, Comedy for the third year in a row. Series creator and star Jared Keeso won Best Lead Actor, Comedy

CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, from Insight Productions, also took home five awards, including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series for the fifth year in a row; Best Direction, Reality/Competition; and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.

Bell Media projects landed the two main documentary awards, with the Crave Original Documentary ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH, from Mercury Films, securing the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary award, and the Bell Media Original Documentary YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY, from M.D.F. Productions, taking home the award for Best Documentary Program.

Original series on Bell Media’s entertainment specialty channels were recognized with three awards this year. Space’s WYNONNA EARP, from SEVEN24 Films Inc., secured the award for Best Achievement in Make-Up for Joanne Jacobsen, while Dominique Provost-Chalkley took home the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award. Comedy’s smash-hit original series CORNER GAS ANIMATED, from Vérité Films, won the award for Best Writing, Animation for the episode “Squatch Your Language,” written by series creator and star Brent Butt.

Winning for its highly successful inaugural digital special, ETALK LIVE: THE OSCARS BALCONY, hosted by Danielle Graham and Lainey Lui and produced by Bell Media Studios, secured Best Host, Web Program or Series.

After securing 18 nominations, TSN once again led all other sports broadcasters, scoring seven wins in the eight categories they were nominated in, including Best Sports Host for James Duthie (FREE AGENT FRENZY); Best Sports Play-By-Play Announcer for Chris Cuthbert and Best Direction, Live Sports Event for Andy Bouyoukos (2017 GREY CUP); and Best Sports Analyst for Jack Armstrong (Raptors Basketball on TSN).

CTV News received three awards in major news categories, with CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME once again receiving the coveted Best National Newscast award for the second year in a row (and the fourth time since 2014). CTV NEWS TORONTO AT SIX won Best Local Newscast and co-anchor Michelle Dubé was named Best News Anchor, Local.

Bell Media-supported films won 21 awards, led by The Great Darkened Days | La grande noirceur, which secured five awards including Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Sarah Gadon, Achievement in Art Direction, and Achievement in Cinematography. A Colony | Une colonie won three awards, including Best Motion Picture, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Émilie Bierre, and the John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award. Support for films comes from The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, as well as pre-buys and acquisitions from Bell Media’s Crave and Super Écran.


The full list of Bell Media television and film winners includes:

Television and Digital Awards (34)

CTV (13)



Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.

Best Limited Series or Program

Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Jocelyn Hamilton, Armand Leo


Best Direction, Drama Program or Limited Series

Jeff Renfroe


Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series

Billy Campbell


Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series

Karine Vanasse


Best Writing, Drama Program or Limited Series

“Red” – Sarah Dodd


Best Picture Editing, Drama

Matthew Anas


Best Original Music, Fiction

Todor Kobakov



Insight Production Company Ltd.

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series

John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Catherine Petersen


Best Direction, Reality/Competition

“Sounds Like a Wild Boar” – Rob Brunner


Best Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition

“Finale” – Ryan Shaw


Best Picture Editing, Reality/Competition

“Just a Beaver Hero” - Michael Tersigni, Jonathan Dowler, Clare Elson, Owin Lambeck, Gloria Tong, David Yenovkian


Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show

John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin,

Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Catherine Petersen



Blue Ice Pictures

Golden Screen Award for TV Drama/Comedy

Lance Samuels, Daniel Iron, Clayton Peters, Russell Peters


Crave (7)


New Metric Media Inc.

Best Lead Actor, Comedy

Jared Keeso


Best Direction, Comedy

“Bock et Biche” - Jacob Tierney


Best Writing, Comedy

“Letterkenny Spelling Bee” - Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney


Best Photography, Comedy

“We Don’t Fight at Wedding” - Jim Westenbrink


Best Achievement in Casting

Jenny Lewis, Sara Kay



M.D.F. Productions Inc.

Best Documentary Program
Peter Gentile, Bill House, Mike Lalonde


Best Picture Editing, Documentary

Cathy Gulkin

TSN (7)


Best Sports Host

James Duthie



Best Sports Analyst

Jack Armstrong


2017 GREY CUP (3)

Best Sports Play-By-Play Announcer

Chris Cuthbert


Best Direction, Live Sports Event

Andy Bouyoukos


Best Sports Opening

Craig Chambers, Devon Burns, David Midgley, Jacob Frenkel



Best Sports Feature Segment

Josh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Stuart Roberts, Devon Burns, Michael Banani



Best Sports Program or Series

Josh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Kevin Fallis, Jason Wessel, Darren Oliver





Best National Newscast
David Hughes, Lisa LaFlamme, Rosa Hwang, Allan Black, Scott Ferguson



Best Local Newscast
CTV NEWS TORONTO AT SIX - Joanne MacDonald, Sophia Skopelitis, Joel Bowey, David Mills-Hughes, Ian Caldwell


Best News Anchor, Local

Michelle Dubé


Space (2)


SEVEN24 Films Inc.


Best Achievement in Make-Up

“War Paint” - Joanne Jacobsen


Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award

Dominique Provost-Chalkley


Bell Media Studios (1)


Bell Media Studios


Best Host, Web Program or Series

ETALK LIVE: THE OSCARS BALCONY - Danielle Graham, Lainey Lui


The Comedy Network (1)


Vérité Films


Best Writing, Animation

“Squatch Your Language” – Brent Butt


Films supported by Bell Media’s Crave, Super Écran, and The Harold Greenberg Fund / Fonds Harold Greenberg (21)


The Great Darkened Days | La grande noirceur (5)

Achievement in Art Direction

Patricia McNeil


Achievement in Cinematography

Sara Mishara


Achievement in Costume Design

Patricia McNeil


Achievement in Sound Editing

Frederic Cloutier


Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Sarah Gadon


A Colony | Une colonie (3)

Best Motion Picture

Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering


Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Émilie Bierre


John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award 

Geneviève Dulude-De Celles


Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2)

Mercury Films

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky


Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary

Nicholas de Pencier


Stockholm (2)

Achievement in Hair

Peggy Kyriakidou


Adapted Screenplay

Robert Budreau


Firecrackers (2)

Achievement in Direction

Jasmin Mozaffari


Achievement in Editing

Simone Smith


The Hummingbird Project (1)

Achievement in Overall Sound

Philippe Lavigne, Normand Lapierre


Family First | Chien de garde (1)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Théodore Pellerin


The Grizzlies (1)

Achievement in Music – Original Song

Dan General, Thomas Lambe, Adam Tanuyak


Slut in a Good Way | Charlotte a du fun (1)

Original Screenplay

Catherine Léger


Through Black Spruce (1)

Achievement in Music – Original Score

alaska B


1991 (1)

Golden Screen Award for Feature Film

Nicole Robert


My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes (1)

Best Short Documentary
Charlie Tyrell

About Bell Media Original Programming

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED;  Crave’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About Bell Media

Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including leading specialty services TSN and RDS. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at


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