Academy Special Awards
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is proud to announce its Academy Special Awards for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.
"Each of these outstanding Academy Special Award winners has made innovative and stellar contributions to our Canadian screen-based industries," says Academy Chair Martin Katz. "We are extremely proud to celebrate them and their ongoing achievements at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards."
Academy Board of Directors' Tribute
Sponsor | National Bank
Ivan Fecan has been in the media industry over 40 years. Beginning at CBC Radio, he produced Quirks and Quarks
, then went to Citytv, co-creating CityPulse News
. In the 80's, legendary NBC programmer Brandon Tartikoff recruited Ivan as VP Creative Affairs where he was the executive on such shows as SNL. Returning to Canada as Director of CBC TV Programming, then VP of English Television, he greenlit such programs as Kids in the Hall, Degrassi Junior High, Codco, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Air Farce, Road to Avonlea, Love and Hate, The Boys of St Vincent
. In the 90’s, he became CEO of Baton Broadcasting (renamed CTVglobemedia). He acquired CTV, launched Sportsnet and the Comedy Network among others, bought TSN/RDS, Discovery, CP24, Muchmusic, Bravo, E!, and Space, won the rights for the Vancouver Olympics
, overseeing the broadcasts. He greenlit Corner Gas, Flashpoint, Canadian Idol
. Under his watch, CTV dominated the top 20. Currently Ivan is Executive Chair of Thunderbird Films, which is comprised of multiple production and distribution companies. Ivan, with his wife Sandra, are philanthropists who believe in giving back to the arts, making major gifts to York University's Faculty of Fine Arts, the National Ballet, the AGO, the National Ballet School, and the Soulpepper Theatre Company, among others. thunderbird.tv
Academy Icon Award
THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
is an acclaimed, provocative Canadian satirical sketch/variety show that skewers politics, culture and world events. No story is off limits, and no personality too big for dynamic cast members Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and Susan Kent to tackle. Politicians and celebrities frequently make guest appearances, some willingly … some not. Currently in its 23rd season, 22 Minutes
continues to be one of Canada's best-known and top-rated comedy shows.
Academy Legacy Award
EUGENE LEVY AND CATHERINE O'HARA
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara have been named recipients of the prestigious Academy Legacy Award, given for unflagging dedication in bringing international acclaim to Canadian talent in film, television or digital media, it was announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
“With decades of brilliant work behind them and many more to come, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara stand among the world’s finest comic actors,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz. “Though they are not an official duo, they have played together so often and so well, that we thought it only fitting to honour them together.”
Best First Feature
Sponsor | Telefilm Canada
JAMIE M. DAGG
Jamie M. Dagg’s first film, Waiting, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005 and was selected for TIFF’s 2006 Short Film Showcase. His second short, Sunday, premiered at the festival in 2008. Both films went on to screen at festivals worldwide. Dagg has directed a number of music videos for artists such as Broken Social Scene, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Bedouin Soundclash. In 2010 Jamie was selected to participate in TIFF’s Talent Lab. He was also a recipient of TIFF’s Irving Avrich Fund in 2006 and 2007. Dagg’s first feature film, River, premiered at TIFF in 2015. It won the Borsos Awards for Best Canadian Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Whistler Film Festival.
Cineplex Golden Screen Award
In Snowtime!, to amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict. Joy is restored when all the children decide to attack the fort rather than each other and happily destroy every last bit of the snow fort.
Directed by Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson, this retelling of André Melançon’s 1984-released winter classic is a spectacular animated film for youth. Theatrically released in Quebec last November, the adaptation of this undisputed hit introduced a new generation to a touching story to which audiences have grown attached.
Digital Media Trailblazing Award
Sponsor | Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Ana Serrano is the Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre and Founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997. Serrano is driving the digital transformation of the CFC into a unique blend of talent, product and company accelerator and creative production house. Most recently, she launched Canada’s first digital entertainment accelerator IDEABOOST with founding partners Shaw Media and Corus Entertainment. To date, Ana has directed the development of over 130 digital media projects, mentored over 50 start-ups, and has received numerous awards from the digital media, film, and theatre industries in both Canada and the U.S., including a DigiAward for Visionary of the Year, a Best Canadian Feature Film Award from the International Reel Asian Film Festival for her own transmedia production Prison Dancer: the Musical
, and a Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award for Body/Mind/Change
Sponsor | Playback
CANADA IN PERSPECTIVE
Canada in Perspective, produced by Anne Marie Varner, has won the Academy’s Diversity Award, sponsored by Playback.
Varner executive produces and produces Canada in Perspective which is an Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) original series. It’s a weekly current affairs show which features headline-based documentary-style storytelling and a diverse panel of guests for analysis and debate, hosted by Anna-Karina Tabuñar.
Varner is currently producing the fifth season of Canada In Perspective at the Queen's Quay Corus Studios, which she points out offers “complete accessibility and is one of the best studios in the city for this type of program.” Season 5 of Canada in Perspective will air on AMI-tv in June.
Earle Grey Award
Most recently, Wendy Crewson was awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame for her vast career which boasts over 100 titles in film and television, from the award-winning indie feature Room to the Hollywood blockbuster trilogy The Santa Clause, starring opposite Tim Allen. Her many awards include: a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Feature Supporting Role (2013) for the popular CTV medical drama Saving Hope, as well as Gemini Awards for performances in At The End Of The Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe and The Man Who Lost Himself. Crewson was honoured with our Humanitarian Award for her charitable work fighting for a cure to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2002.
Crewson's big-screen credits range from indies: Sarah Polley’s Away From Her and Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest, to blockbusters: the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner The Sixth Day and as Harrison Ford’s First Lady in Air Force One. She can also be seen in The Vow, with Rachel McAdams, A Home At The End Of The World, with Colin Farrell and Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams. She received ACTRA Toronto’s 2006 Award of Excellence.
Fan's Choice Award
Sponsor | American Express
With over 60 credits to his name, Yannick Bisson is well-known to audiences for playing “Detective William Murdoch” on CBC’s hit television show Murdoch Mysteries. Yannick can also be seen as FBI Agent “Jack Hudson” in the long-running crime drama series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and as “Joey Barrett” opposite Rick Springfield in High Tide.
Yannick got his first break in 1984 when he landed a role in CBC’s critically acclaimed television movie Hockey Night with Megan Follows and Rick Moranis. This was followed by a lead role in his first feature film, in which he played the title character in Toby McTeague. His other credits include the feature film Casino Jack, acting alongside Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey and TV movies Young at Heart, starring opposite Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis and The Day Reagan Was Shot, with Academy Award® winner Richard Dreyfuss.
Golden Screen Award for TV Drama / Comedy
CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE
Mismanagement leaves the tiny town of Dog River so broke that the residents have little choice but to pack up and leave. But Brent and the gang at Corner Gas, the roadside gas station 40 miles from nowhere, discover a devious plan that may change life for Dog Riverites forever.
Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA
Two people with a pre-existing relationship must beat rival teams in a skills-based race across various provinces and territories in various transportation modes. Pit stops provide clues to the next destination or a challenge, plus prizes and penalties. First team to the final pit stop wins the grand prize.
Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism
“There’s a persistent idea that Canadians aren’t interested in their own stories,” Mark Starowicz once said. “I’ve made a living proving that isn’t true.” The ultimate expression of Starowicz’s passion for Canadian history and culture is the 30 hour CBC documentary series Canada: A People’s History (2000-01), which he created and executive produced. It attracted over 14 million viewers and won three Gemini Awards. Mark Starowicz was raised in Montreal and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He began his career in newspaper journalism, then joined CBC Radio in 1970, where he received particular acclaim for his reworking of As It Happens and his creation of Sunday Morning, a three-hour weekend review. In 1979, he joined CBC Television, where he was the architect and executive producer of the hugely successful current affairs and documentary program The Journal (1982-92). As executive producer of CBC’s Documentary Production Unit and later executive director of documentary programming, he oversaw The Greatest Canadian (2004), Hockey: A People’s History (2006), 8th Fire (2012), and a decade of acclaimed independent productions. Starowicz is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has won the Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, nine Gemini Awards and one Prix Gémeaux.
Performing Arts Lodges (PAL Canada)
Canadian Stars Jennifer Dale and Gordon Pinsent at SCRABBLE WITH THE STARS fundraiser for PAL Toronto
PAL Canada Foundation is a national charitable organization whose mandate it is to create and encourage programs and services for senior and disadvantaged members and associates of Canada's professional artists’ community, in the areas of affordable accommodation and overall well-being.
PAL Canada Foundation supports 8 individual PAL chapters across the country, including Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Stratford, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Each PAL chapter has its own unique requirements, which are defined by the needs of their local community of professional and performing artists (and individuals from allied industries). Depending on the chapter, the focus may be to provide and sustain quality affordable housing for seniors and/or challenged individuals within their professional and performing arts community. Alternatively, some chapters may not require accommodations, but do need support for their members. This support typically takes the form of a volunteer-driven team known as "Supporting Cast". "Supporting Cast" the root and heart of the organization, is a group of volunteers who offer personal assistance to PAL members so that they can continue to lead meaningful, independent lives in their own homes. These services may include: assistance in dealing with community agencies and health care providers, rides to medical appointments, running errands and light housekeeping. Supporting Cast volunteers offer companionship and a friendly sympathetic ear, but also serve to check in with members who are on their own. Depending on the chapter, they may also organize weekly or monthly group activities that allow solitary members to get together with their peers.
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Lifetime Achievement Award
With his dead-on impersonations and characters like excitable loony Ed Grimley and clued-out reporter Jiminy Glick, Martin Short has been winning popular and critical acclaim since his early-80's days with the legendary SCTV and Saturday Night Live.
A long-standing friend of the Academy, Short hosted the Canadian Screen Awards in 2013 and 2014. He has received five nominations and won the Academy’s Earle Grey Award for acting in 1995.
This Hamilton native displayed his talents on numerous television series, specials and TV movies, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother and Mulaney. Recently, he's added dramatic roles to the mix, including an Emmy-nominated run in the legal series Damages.
On the big screen he has created outstanding characters in Three Amigos, Innerspace and both Father Of The Bride movies.
On Broadway, Martin picked up a Tony Award for his part in Little Me and a nomination for The Goodbye Girl. Recently he toured with Steve Martin in An Evening You’ll Forget for the Rest of Your Life.
Martin Short is a Member of the Order of Canada and author of the 2014 memoir: I Must Say: My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend.
Margaret Collier Award (for Writing)
Karen Walton is an award-winning screenwriter and creative producer whose credits span an eclectic array of popular, critically-acclaimed and/or ground-breaking film and television works. To film lovers, she’s the sardonic scribe behind the international cult horror classic, Ginger Snaps
. In television, she’s been in the earliest writing rooms for game-changing series such as gay culture classic Queer As Folk
, and science fiction sensation Orphan Black
. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Film and TV Writing programs, her other credits include the Gemini awarding-winning Mow
script for the true rape-culture saga, The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe
, bio pic Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story
and six other original drama series, Flashpoint
, The Eleventh Hour
, and The Listener
among them. Her unique voice and dedication to social change through innovative content has won Karen a Canadian Comedy Award, a special jury citation from the Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian Screen Awards for Best Dramatic Series, and the Writers Guild of Canada’s Writers Block Award for outstanding contribution to the national screenwriting community. Born in Nova Scotia, 2016 marks Karen’s 22nd year living and writing in Toronto.
Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
Much Music Video Awards – Router-Based Production Audio Design
Much Music Video Awards – Router-Based Production Audio Design
Audio quality is assumed to be paramount on any live music show. The all-digital, router-based production audio design system created specifically for large-scale live broadcast by supervising audio engineer Anthony Montano and senior manager, broadcast audio operations Michael Nunan, has raised that quality high above the previous standard and provided audio teams with faster and more flexible responses during rehearsals and live broadcast.
For its Emmy-winning* debut on the 2014 Much Music Video Awards, the system used a large-format digital audio router to link the show's three stages and seven broadcast consoles by fibre-optic cables carrying MADI digital audio signals. Presentation microphones and major components of the intercom system were also linked in. Backups and archives of over 400 tracks of multitrack records were created with new Audio-over-IP technology.
The production model has proven so successful that other large-scale productions have begun to adopt this very same approach. The 2015 Pan Am Games host broadcaster used it with great success on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Toronto. The MTV Awards has adopted the approach in the U.S, as has the Olympic Broadcasting Service in Europe.