Bell Media Takes Home 19 Awards During the First Two Nights of the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards

— March 1st, 2013

TORONTO (March 1, 2013) – Bell Media today congratulates its production partners and staff on a combined 19 wins during the first two nights of the Canadian Screen Awards, handed out last night in Toronto. In total, Bell Media and its production partners received 82 nominations for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, with Pink Sky Entertainment/Avamar Entertainment’s FLASHPOINT garnering 11 nominations, more than any other television program. Congratulations also go to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, who won all four of their categories during Wednesday night’s ceremony, as well as Jeanne Beker, who was honoured with an Academy Achievement Award for her exceptional contributions to Canadian TV.

Fans can also get the opportunity to meet their favourite TV stars at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s FanZone, Saturday, March 2 from 12 – 2 p.m.at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Hosted by SPACE’s Teddy Wilson, the FREE event gives fans the opportunity to meet and get an autograph from celebrities including Bell Media’s Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT), Ennis Esmer (THE LISTENER), Erica Durance (SAVING HOPE), Kristin Lehman (MOTIVE), Brian Williams (TSN), and Aislinn Paul and Jahmil French (DEGRASSI), and more.

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“Congratulations to Bell Media staff and our production partners on their much-deserved wins,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “Your dedication to producing great Canadian programming was rewarded last night as your industry peers celebrated you. We celebrate you today, and once again extend our sincere thanks to the entire cast and crew of FLASHPOINT for five amazing seasons, and their four wins last night.”

CTV’s FLASHPOINT garnered wins for its critically-acclaimed final season, including Best Direction in a Dramatic Series and Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, and was also honoured with an Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute For Outstanding and Enduring Contributions to Canadian Television. Wendy Crewson was also awarded the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series for CTV’s SAVING HOPE.

Also recognized last night were MuchMusic’s DEGRASSI with two wins, including Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series; the 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS; Bravo’s THE BORGIAS, which received two awards, and Bravo’s THE TEMPEST. SPACE also took home three awards, with two wins for TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL and one for BEING HUMAN.

On Wednesday night, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium was honoured with four awards including Best Live Sporting Event, and Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer for TSN's Rod Smith. 

Canadian Screen Week, the annual celebration of excellence in Canadian film, television, and digital media productions, began on Wednesday night in Toronto and wraps up on Sunday, March 3, 2013, where film and additional television awards will be handed out, including Best Dramatic Series and Best Comedy Program or Series.

A full list of Bell Media winners on Thursday, February 28, 2013 include:

CTV (5)

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Sponsored by Super Channel
Jim Donovan – FLASHPOINT – “A Day In The Life”

Best Original Music Score for a Series
Amin Bhatia, Ari Posner – FLASHPOINT – “Day Game” 

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series
Brett C. Sullivan – FLASHPOINT – “Grounded” 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Sponsored by Independent Production Fund
Aubrey Nealon – FLASHPOINT – “Day Game”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Wendy Crewson – SAVING HOPE – “Out of Sight/A New Beginning” 


MuchMusic (3)

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series 
DEGRASSI –Linda Schuyler, Stefan Brogren, David Lowe, Stephen Stohn, Stephanie Williams, Brendon Yorke 

Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Phil Earnshaw – DEGRASSI – “Scream, Part Two”

Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
John Keffer – 2012 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS


BRAVO (3)

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series 
Paul Sarossy – THE BORGIAS – “The Borgia Bull”

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series
THE BORGIAS – “The Borgia Bull” – Jane Tattersall, Yuri Gorbachow, Jack Heeren, Andrew Jablonski, Goro Koyama, Martin Lee, Kirk Lynds, Andy Malcolm, David McCallum, Dale Sheldrake, Don White

Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)
Christopher Plummer - THE TEMPEST 


SPACE (3) 

Best Achievement in Makeup
Emilie Gauthier, Erik Gosselin – BEING HUMAN – “When I Think About You I Shred Myself”

Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
Mark Gingras, Elma Bello, Katie Halliday, Stan Mak, Rudy Michael, and Brad Thornton – TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL – “Black Tie Showdown”

Best Achievement in Casting
Sara Kay, Jim Heber, and Jenny Lewis – TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL – “BYOBOPE”


SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  Academy Board of Directors Tribute (for outstanding and enduring contributions to Canadian TV)
FLASHPOINT 

The Bell Media winners on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 include:

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium (4)

Best Live Sporting Event
Rick Chisholm, Mike Brannagan, Gord Cutler – London 2012 Olympic Games

Best Sports Analysis or Commentary (Program, Series or Segment) 
Ken Volden, Gord Cutler, Bill Dodson, Linda Tremblay –London 2012 Olympic Games – Olympic Prime Time 

Best Sports Feature Segment 
Josh Shiaman, Brent Blanchard, Stephen Brunt, Alison Redmond, Don Young – London 2012 Olympic Games – Opening Essay

Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer
Rod Smith – London 2012 Olympic Games

Discovery (1)

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or Series 
INVENTIONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD – “1920's”


SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
Academy Achievement Award (for exceptional contributions to Canadian TV)
Jeanne Beker


About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada’s #1 specialty channel, and RDS, Canada’s #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the TheLoop.ca by Sympatico, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. 

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For more information, please contact:
Christy Sullivan, Bell Media, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca 
Amanda Rinaldo, Bell Media, 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@bellmedia.ca
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