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The mini-series The Kennedys and The Pillars of the Earth, the series Durham County (season 3) and Being Human, and the television movies Reviving Ophelia and Jack of Diamonds, all produced or co-produced by Muse Entertainment, received a total of 34 Gemini Award nominations today. The Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievement in television.

“Muse has been blessed this year to have worked on some remarkable projects with some of the most talented people in Canada and internationally,” says President of Muse Entertainment, Michael Prupas. “We are grateful to see these talented people honoured by their peers through these many Gemini nominations.”

The Kennedys, which also received 10 prestigious Emmy Award nominations in the United States last month, is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment. The 8-episode historical drama is up for 10 Gemini Awards.

The Pillars of the Earth, an epic 8-episode drama adapted from Ken Follett’s bestselling novel, received 7 Emmy Award nominations last month. Produced by Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment, in association with Scott Free Films, it was also honoured with 10 nominations.

The riveting 6-episode crime series Durham County, produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, received 6 nominations. In 2009, the series brought home 5 Gemini Awards and in 2010 it garnered 4 nominations and 2 wins.

Based on the highly popular UK series, the 13-part series Being Human, produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Zodiak Media Group, received 5 nominations. The second season is currently in production in Montreal.

Other Muse Entertainment titles that received nominations are Reviving Ophelia, a television movie about an abusive teenage relationship, and Jack of Diamonds, about an unlikely team of thieves that join forces to help those cheated by a corrupt insurance company.

 

See below for a full list of Muse’s 2011 Gemini Nominations:

 

THE KENNEDYS:

 

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

(Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment)

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Jordan Samuel, Jenny Arbour, Linda Dowd, Colin Penman

 

Best Costume Design

Christopher Hargadon

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Jon Cassar

 

Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Sean Callery

 

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series

David Moxness

 

Best Production Design in a Fiction Program or Series

Rocco Matteo

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program

Frank Morrone, Henry Embry, Mark Gingras, Katie Halliday, John Laing, Jill Purdy, Stephen Traub, Marilee Yorston

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Barry Pepper

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Diana Hardcastle

 

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH:

 

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

(Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment, in association with Scott Free Films)

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Colleen Quinton

 

Best Costume Design

Mario Davignon

 

Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Trevor Morris

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program

Marcel Pothier, Jo Caron, Gavin Fernandes, Guy Francoeur, Louis Gignac, Antoine Morin, Guy Pelletier, Christian Rivest

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

John Pielmeier

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Rufus Sewell

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Ian McShane

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Alison Pill

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Hayley Atwell

 

DURHAM COUNTY:

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

Charles Binamé (The World Ends)

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Series

Steve Moore, Alex Bullick, Yann Cleary, Christian Cooke, Andrea Higgins, Jill Purdy, Marilee Yorston

 

Best Achievement in Casting

Marissa Richmond, Libby Goldstein, Andrea Kenyon, Suzanne Smith, Randi Wells

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Hugh Dillon

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series

Michael Nardone

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Bénédicte Decary

 

BEING HUMAN:

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Emilie Gauthier, Erik Gosselin

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

Paolo Barzman (Dog Eats Dog)

 

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series

Simon Webb

 

Best Visual Effects

Mario Rachiele, Marie-Ève Bédard-Tremblay, Benoît Brière, Carl Gagnon, Catherine Hébert, Raphaël Hubert, Jonathan Laborde, Jean-Francois Lafleur, Pierre-Simon Lebrun-Chaput, Philippe Sylvain

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Sam Witwer

 

JACK OF DIAMONDS:

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Peter Hume

 

REVIVING OPHELIA:

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Teena Booth

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Rebecca Williams

 

(From a press release)

Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films today announced that as of August 1st, Canadian fans of the hit television series DURHAM COUNTY will be able to download all three seasons on ITunes.

Co-produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films and created by Adrienne Mitchell, Janis Lundman and screenwriter Laurie Finstad, DURHAM COUNTY has received accolades and awards since it first began: 11 Gemini nominations and 7 Gemini wins for Seasons 1 and 2, a Director’s Guild of Canada award for Adrienne Mitchell for Best Direction, and most recently nominated for five international awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Over the years the series has cast the best Canadian and international stars which included Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint), Michelle Forbes (True Blood), Michael Nardone (Ben Hur), Helene Joy (The Murdoch Mysteries), and Laurence Leboeuf (Human Trafficking).

After great success with DURHAM COUNTY, Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films are currently in pre-production on their next show, BOMB GIRLS, which will air on Global TV in January 2012.

Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions are proud to announce that Durham County’s third and final season has been nominated for five Monte Carlo Television Awards.

The 6 x 1 hour crime drama was nominated in the categories of Outstanding International Producers (Janis Lundman, Adrienne Mitchell, Michael Prupas), Outstanding Actor (Hugh Dillon, Michael Nardone) and Outstanding Actress (Hélène Joy, Laurence Leboeuf).

Nominated for 18 Gemini awards, winner of 7, and praised by the New York Times as “entirely addictive,” Durham County is developed and produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc. and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. with Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and Astral Media’s The Movie Network. The series is produced with participation from the Canadian Media Fund. It is being distributed internationally by ITV Global Entertainment Media.

The series airs on HBO Canada (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada), as well as over 100 territories worldwide.

(From a press release)

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) today announced the finalists for the 15th Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. The WGC Screenwriting Awards honours excellence in screenwriting, and will celebrate the winning words of Canada’s screenwriters on April 11 in Toronto.

This year, 150 scripts vied for the judges’ attentions. First-round judging narrowed the field to 27 finalist scripts across the Awards’ seven categories, including Movies & Mini-Series, TV Drama, TV Comedy and more. In all, 34 screenwriters are up for awards. Several special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, will also be handed out at the event.

Among this year’s finalists are such TV favourites as Flashpoint, Durham County, and Less Than Kind. Newcomers to the list include Rookie Blue, Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, and the youth show Wingin’ It. The screenwriters behind several of Canada’s most celebrated films of the year fill out the movies category: included are Michael Konyves for Barney’s Version, Adriana Maggs for Grown Up Movie Star and Dennis Foon for Life, Above All.

The winners will be announced at the 2011 WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, April 11, 2011, at Maro in Liberty Village, Toronto.

 

2011 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists:

 

Animation

League of Super Evil “All You Can Eat” Written by Edward Kay

League of Super Evil “Voltina” Written by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee & Davila LeBlanc

The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That “The Cat…Knows A Lot About Maps” Written by Karen Moonah

Total Drama World Tour “Broadway Baby” Written by Alex Ganetakos

Zeke’s Pad “Fetch a Sketch” Written by Hugh Duffy

 

Children and Youth

How To be Indie “How To Fight For Your Rights” Written by Vera Santamaria

The Latest Buzz “The Extreme Shakespeare Issue” Written by Barbara Haynes

Wingin’ It “She Blinded Me With Science” Written by Ramona Barckert

Wingin’ It “The Spinner And The Saint” Written by Conor Casey & Lyndon Casey

 

Documentary

How to Boil a Frog Written by Jon Cooksey

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague Written by Jefferson Lewis

The Pig Farm Written by Christine Nielsen

 

Movies and Miniseries

Barney’s Version Written by Michael Konyves

Grown Up Movie Star Written by Adriana Maggs

Life, Above All Written by Dennis Foon

 

Shorts and Web Series

Hot Wheels Battle Force Five “Splashback” Written by Cole Bastedo & Matt Huether

Ruby Skye P.I. “Caught Ruby Red Handed” Written by Julie Strassman-Cohn & Jill Golick

You Are So Undead Written by Lisa Hunter

 

TV Comedy

Kids in the Hall: Death Comes To Town “Cause of Death” Written by Bruce McCulloch & Mark McKinney

Less Than Kind II “Coming Home” Written by Chris Sheasgreen

Less Than Kind II “The Deluge” Written by Garry Campbell & Jen Beasley

Less Than Kind II “Fasto Loves Lebso” Written by Jenn Engels

 

TV Drama

Durham County “Distance, Hunting and Home” Written by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik

Flashpoint “Acceptable Risk” Written by Pamela Davis

Flashpoint “Jumping at Shadows” Written by Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern

Rookie Blue “Girlfriend of the Year” Written by Tassie Cameron

Rookie Blue “Hot and Bothered” Written by Russ Cochrane

 

(From a press release)

Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that its programming has won a total of 11 awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 25th Annual Gemini Awards.

Movie Central’s series received a total of seven awards with Less Than Kind picking-up three Gemini’s, including Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series.

Corus’ W Network received two wins including Best Reality Program or Series for The Cupcake Girls, and Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series for How to Look Good Naked Canada. VIVA and Nelvana Studio programming received an award each, completing the total.

“We would like to congratulate all our production partners and everyone associated with these series,” said Doug Murphy, President, Television, Corus Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have so many wins across our pay and specialty networks for programming that showcases the calibre of talent and creativity that specialty and pay TV delivers to Canadian audiences.”

Celebrating excellence in Canadian English-language television, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the 25th Annual Gemini Award winners at the Industry Awards Galas, taking place November 2nd and 3rd, and the Broadcast Awards Gala this past Saturday, November 13th at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre. For more information, please visit www.geminiawards.ca.

 

Corus Entertainment’s Gemini Award winners include:

 

MOVIE CENTRAL (Pay TV – Western Canada)

Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Tatiana Maslany, All Souls)

 

Durham County

Best Achievement in Make-Up (Eva Coudouloux, Adrien Morot, Surviving the Fall)

Best Achievement in Main Title Design (Kevin Chandoo, Little Lost Children)

 

Less Than Kind

Best Comedy Program or Series (Ira Levy, Garry Campbell, Marvin Kaye, Phyllis Laing, Mark McKinney, Chris Sheasgreen, Paula Smith, Peter Williamson)

Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series (Marvin Kaye, Chris Sheasgreen, Third Death’s The Charm)

Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (Benjamin Arthur, That’s Somebody’s Knish!)

 

The Line

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Clé Bennett, Episode 203/Episode 206)

 

W NETWORK

The Cupcake Girls

Best Reality Program or Series (John Ritchie, Rob Bromley, Grant Greschuk, Gillian Lowrey, Peter Waal)

 

How to Look Good Naked Canada

Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series (John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Andrea Gabourie)

 

NELVANA

Guess With Jess (with Treehouse)

Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series (John Evans, How Can We Decorate the Christmas Tree?)

 

VIVA

Tosca: Flexing at 49

Best General/Human Interest Series (Linda Stregger, Barbara Barde)

Check out the official trailer for season 3 of Durham County which returns to HBO Canada on October 25.

Dangerous relationships, family tragedies, a new murder investigation and the haunting side effects of war all begin Monday, October 25 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, when HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada), presents the third and final season of Durham County, the Gemini nominated one-hour Canadian drama series that explores the secrets buried deep within suburbia.

“Durham County is first-in-class in terms of offering premium-quality, critically acclaimed, daring Canadian original drama,” said Aubie Greenberg, Director, Original Programming, Movie Services, Astral Television Networks. “Viewers can expect a riveting final season full of twists and turns at every corner, with even more spellbinding storytelling from a remarkable production team.”

“Hugh Dillon has taken the character of Detective Mike Sweeney into dark and raw crevasses rarely seen in television”, said Jocelyn Hamilton, Corus Entertainment, “Like a rare gem, Durham County has shown how creative, unrelenting and edgy television can be.”

Starring Hugh Dillon as the tormented Mike Sweeney, now Superintendent of the Durham police precinct, Season 3 of Durham County picks up as Mike’s home life is blossoming: his wife Audrey (Hélène Joy) is expecting a baby and his daughter Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf) is about to graduate from the police academy. Alongside new detective and ex-soldier Ivan Sujic (new cast member Michael Nardone), Mike is on the task force investigating the gruesome murders of two young brothers who were accused of being drug runners along the 401 highway corridor.

As the case deepens, Mike’s life begins to spiral out of control as he suspects that Ivan is hiding something about the mysterious disappearance of his wife Katya. At the same time, Sadie’s role in an undercover operation and her contact with a known drug dealer has put her in grave danger. Meanwhile,a sudden tragedy occurs that may tear Mike’s family apart forever. Durham County also stars Greyston Holt as Ray Prager Jr., Krista Bridges as Sabina Leung, Andreas Aspergis as Miro Cercu, Cicely Austin as Maddie Sweeney and Bénédicte Décary as Eva Arcady.

Durham County is a Canadian original production from Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, developed and produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc. and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. The series is produced with participation from the Canada Media Fund, and is distributed internationally by ITV Global Entertainment Media. Durham County was created by Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, and Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman of Back Alley Film Productions Ltd, and is executive produced by Knizhnik, Lundman and Mitchell, and Michael Prupas of Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc.

In addition to being the winner of five Gemini Awards in 2008, and two recent Directors Guild of Canada awards, Durham County is nominated for seven Gemini Awards this year including Best Dramatic Series, Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Hélène Joy) and Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Adrienne Mitchell). The 25th Annual Gemini Awards are scheduled to be presented on Saturday, November 13 in Toronto, Ontario.

(From a press release)

The second season of the riveting 6 hr. crime series Durham County received 7 Gemini nominations today. The Gemini Awards are Canada’s “Emmy Awards” and honour outstanding achievement in television.

Durham County – Season 2 received nominations for Best Dramatic Series (Michael Prupas, Janis Lundman, Adrienne Mitchell and Laurie Finstad Knizhnik); Best Direction (Adrienne Mitchell); Best Actress (Hélène Joy) as well as Best Casting, Best Make-up, Best Sound and Best Main Title Design. In 2009, the series brought home 5 Gemini Awards.

Praised by the New York Times as “entirely addictive”, Durham County is developed and produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc. and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. with Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and Astral Media’s The Movie Network. The series is produced with participation from the Canadian Media Fund and is being distributed internationally by ITV Global Entertainment Media. Durham County season 3 will air this fall on The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Movie Central (Western Canada).

Other Muse Entertainment titles nominated for this year’s Gemini awards include: The Mini-Series Ben Hur (Best Sound & Best Visual Effects) – a Muse Entertainment (Canada)/Drimtim Entertainment (Spain) production in association with Zak Productions (Morocco), Akkord Film (Germany) and FishCorbFilms; the mini-series The Phantom (Best Mini-series, Best Editing for Arthur Tarnowski); the TV movie Carny (Best Visual Effect) and the tween series Family Biz (Best Direction for Craig Pryce) – a Muse Entertainment, Summit Crescent Productions and France’s Breakout Films production.

(From a press release)

Monday, May 26 at 10pm ET/PT

A recent murder hits Mike hard. Sadie has to prove herself to get in with the cool kids. Ray is going crazy since his wife Traci has left him.