Gemini Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Global, and Showcase are thrilled to announce that music icon Elvis Costello (Gemini25 nominee for Best Talk Series, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…) will be performing with Juno award-winning singer-songwriters Feist, Ron Sexsmith, fiddling sensation Kendel Carson, and renowned bassist Barry Bales at the 25th Annual Gemini Awards Broadcast Gala on Saturday, November 13, 2010. The annual celebration will air nationwide on Global and Showcase at 8pm.

The gala awards presentation will also pay a Special Tribute to Degrassi and will include appearances by Degrassi alumni including Nina Dobrev, Stefan Brogren, Amanda Stepto, Adamo Ruggiero, Cassie Steele, Lauren Collins, and Melinda Shankar.

(From a press release)

Gemini Award winners in the Drama, Children’s and Youth, Comedy, and Variety categories were announced tonight at the second of two Industry Galas.

Hosted by actor and director Art Hindle (E.N.G., Paradise Falls), a total of 38 awards were presented as well as the Margaret Collier Award and the Academy Achievement Award. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television also paid tribute to 2010 MasterWorks Television Honouree Polka Dot Door.

Winners in Documentary, Lifestyle, News, and Sports categories were announced on Tuesday, November 2nd. The 25th Annual Gemini Awards will conclude with the Broadcast Gala on Saturday, November 13th at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. Hosted by Glee’s Cory Monteith, the event will be broadcast on Global and Showcase at 8pm.

 

The following categories were announced at tonight’s Industry Gala:

 

Academy Achievement Award

Linda Schuyler

 

Margaret Collier Award

Donald Martin

 

2010 MasterWorks Honourees

Polka Dot Door

Ted Coneybeare, Jed McKay, Vera Good

Broadcaster: TVO

 

Best Achievement in Casting

John Buchan CSA, Jason Knight – The Summit

 

Best Achievement in Main Title Design

Kevin Chandoo – Durham County – Little Lost Children

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Eva Coudouloux, Adrien Morot – Durham County – Surviving the Fall

 

Best Animated Program or Series

Glenn Martin, DDS

(Cuppa Coffee Studios, Tornante Animation, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.)

Adam Shaheen

 

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series

Overruled!

(Shaftesbury Films Inc.)

Christina Jennings, Jeff Biederman, Suzanne French, Scott Garvie, Laura Harbin, Jan Peter Meyboom, Jeffrey Allan Schechter

 

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series

Canada’s Super Speller

(Halifax Film, a DHX Media Company)

Michael Donovan, Charles Bishop, Cheryl Hassen, Beth Stevenson, Katrina Walsh

 

Best Costume Design

Joan Bergin – The Tudors – Episode 307

 

Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series

Stefan Brogren – Degrassi: The Next Generation – Beat It, Part 2

 

Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series

Ian MacDonald – Pure Pwnage – The Day the Lan Centre Stood Still

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Sudz Sutherland – Guns

 

Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series

Ihor Macijiwsky – Mantracker – Andrew & Hainsley

 

Best Direction in a Variety Program or Series

Joan Tosoni – Battle Of The Blades – Canadian Hits & Pairs Best

 

Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series

Ken Cunningham – Glenn Martin, DDS – The Tooth Will Set You Free

 

Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series

Patty Sullivan – Kids’ Canada

 

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

Tom Third – The Summit

 

Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series

Trevor Morris – The Tudors – Episode 304

 

Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series

Jonathan Evans, Gerard Tevlin – Guess With Jess – How Can We Decorate the Christmas Tree?

 

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

Clé Bennett – Guns

 

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

Michael Riley – Flashpoint – Coming To You Live

 

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

Debra Lynne McCabe – Guns

 

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

Tatiana Maslany – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – All Souls

 

Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series

Charlotte Arnold – Degrassi: The Next Generation – Somebody

 

Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series

Kim Cattrall – Producing Parker – The Skinny on Parker

 

Best Photography in a Comedy Program or Series

Paul Sarossy – Kids In The Hall: Death Comes To Town – Cause of Death

 

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series

Glen MacPherson – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

 

Best Photography in a Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series

Dylan Macleod – Nureyev

 

Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series

Jason Gatt – Fire Jammers

 

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series

Jeff Warren – Guns

 

Best Pre-School Program or Series

The Ocean Room

(Sinking Ship Entertainment)

J.J. Johnson, Matthew Bishop, Blair Powers

 

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series

Tom Conroy, Colman Corish – The Tudors – Episode 302

 

Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series

Simon Bowers, Howard Baggley, Marc Laliberté, Doug McClement, Michael Molineux – The 2010 Juno Awards

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program

John Gare, Rob Bertola, Richard Calistan, Alan deGraaf, Steve Hammond, Bill McMillan, Jill Purdy – The Good Times Are Killing Me

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Series

John Douglas Smith, Tom Bjelic, Christian Cooke, Dale Lennon, Steve Moore, Tim O’Connell – Being Erica – The Unkindest Cut

 

Best TV Movie

She Drives Me Crazy

(Shaftesbury Films Inc.)

Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Julian Grant, Rob Green, Graham Ludlow, Laurie McLarty, Sam Okun, Kelly Rowan

 

Best Visual Effects

Mario Rachiele, Marie-Ève Bédard-Tremblay, Benoît Brière, Raphaël Hubert, Pierre-Simon Lebrun-Chaput – Ben Hur

 

Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series

Trevor Cameron – Wapos Bay – The Hardest Lesson

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland – Guns

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series

Jeremy Boxen – Cra$h & Burn – Sunday Bloody Sunday

 

(From a press release)

The year’s best in Documentary, Lifestyle, News, and Sports programming were celebrated tonight at the first of two Gemini Awards Industry Galas. Hosted by actor Ennis Esmer (The Listener, Wipeout Canada), a total of 50 awards were presented as well as the Canada Award, the Gemini Humanitarian Award, and the inaugural Technical Achievement in Digital Media Special Award.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television also paid tribute to 2010 MasterWorks Television Honouree The NewMusic.

Winners in Drama, Children’s and Youth, Comedy, and Variety categories will be announced on Wednesday, November 3rd.

The 25th Annual Gemini Awards will conclude with the Broadcast Gala on Saturday, November 13th at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. Hosted by Glee’s Cory Monteith, the event will be broadcast on Global and Showcase at 8pm.

 

The following categories were announced at Tuesday’s Industry Gala:

 

2010 MasterWorks Honouree

The NewMusic

Producer: John Martin

Executive Producer: Moses Znaimer

Broadcaster: CityTV and MuchMusic

 

Canada Award

Reel Injun

Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick, Ernest Webb

 

Gemini Humanitarian Award

Joy Coghill

 

Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in Digital Media

CTVOlympics.ca/RDSolympiques.ca Live Sports Video Stream Player

Alon Marcovici

 

Best Biography Documentary Program

Genius Within – The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

(White Pine Pictures)

Peter Raymont

 

Best Breaking News Coverage

CityNews

(Citynews)

Tina Cortese, Katia Del Col, Ramneek Gill, Kathleen O’Keefe, Amar Sodhi

 

Best Breaking Reportage, Local

Brian DuBreuil, Steve Lawrence – CBC News: Nova Scotia at 6:00 – April 30 – May

1, 2009

 

Best Breaking Reportage, National

Paul Hunter, Bill Loucks – CBC News: The National

 

Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth

Taste Buds

(marblemedia)

Mark J.W. Bishop, Sasha Boersma, Ted Brunt, Matthew Hornburg, Johnny Kalangis

 

Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction

Being Erica Webisodes

(Temple Street Productions)

Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Jessie Gabe, Jason Lorr, Eva Riinitze, Thom Ryder

 

Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction

Kraft Hockeyville 2010

(CBC)

Lauren Pare, Dayton Pereira, Dan Tavares, Mike Yokota

 

Best Direction in a Documentary Program

Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes – Reel Injun

 

Best Direction in a Documentary Series

Stavros Stavrides, Leslie Lucas, John Westheuser – Licence To Drill – Paydirt

 

Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series

William Morrison – Glutton For Punishment – Gumbo Cook-Off

 

Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event

Paul Hemming – 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Gold Medal Game

 

Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series

Oleh Rumak – CBC News: the fifth estate – Death Online

 

Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series

Moze Mossanen – Nureyev

 

Best Documentary Series

Licence To Drill

(Pixcom Productions Inc.)

Nicola Merola, Jacquelin Bouchard, Emmanuelle Wiecha

 

Best Editorial Research

Lynette Fortune – CBC News: the fifth estate – Out Of Control

 

Best General/Human Interest Series

Tosca: Flexing at 49

(WIWA Productions Inc.)

Linda Stregger, Barbara Barde

 

Best History Documentary Program

Paris 1919

(National Film Board of Canada, 13 Production, Galafilm, Arte France)

Gerry Flahive, Silva Basmajian, Arnie Gelbart, Paul Saadoun

 

Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series

Sarah Richardson – Sarah’s House

 

Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series

George Stroumboulopoulos – The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

 

Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series

Amanda Lang – The Lang & O’Leary Exchange

 

Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series

How to Look Good Naked Canada

(Insight Production Co. Ltd.)

John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Andrea Gabourie

 

Best Live Sporting Event

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

(CTV)

Keith Pelley, Rick Chisholm, Gord Cutler

 

Best Local Newscast, Large Market

News Hour – Global BC

(Global BC)

Ian Haysom, Clive Jackson, Oliver Lum, Randy McHale, Tim Perry

 

Best Local Newscast, Small Market

CBC News Ottawa

(CBC Ottawa)

Paula Waddell, Lynn Douris

 

Best News Anchor

Diana Swain – CBC News: Toronto at 6:00

 

Best News Information Segment

Carmen Merrifield, Sheldon Beldick, Andy Hincenbergs – CBC News: The National – The Boy in the Moon

 

Best News Information Series

Everyday Hero Special

(Global National)

Bryan Mullan, Mark Blanchard, Bryan Grahn, Kevin O’Neill, Trevor Owens

 

Best News Special Event Coverage

CBC News: Remembrance Day Special

(CBC)

Mark Bulgutch, Tom Dinsmore, Fred Parker

 

Best Original Music in a Non-Fiction Program or Series

Serge Côté – A World of Wonders – On Puffin Patrol: Iceland

 

Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series

Philip Strong – Cat Ladies

 

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Fiction

The Vetala

(Jove Digital)

Damon Vignale, Peter Scarth

 

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction

Love Letters to the Future

(Xenophile Media Inc.)

Patrick Crowe, Amit Breuer, Thomas Wallner

 

Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)

Evan Alexander Smith – Hot Toxic Love: The Making of The Toxic Avenger Musical

 

Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series

Fire Jammers

(Yap Films)

Elliott Halpern, Pauline Duffy

 

Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series

Matt Phillips – Silent Bombs: All For the Motherland

 

Best Photography in an Information Program or Series

Henry Less – French Food at Home – Confidence Builders

 

Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series

Sharon Zupancic – Mayday – Lockerbie Disaster

 

Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series

Jeff Reynolds, Jay Prychidny – Canada’s Next Top Model – Rockin’ the Runway

 

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or Series

Michael “Spike” Parks – 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards

 

Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program

The Great Sperm Race

(Cream Productions, Blink Entertainment Ltd.)

David W Brady, Christopher Rowley

 

Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series

Jo Rossi – Ice Pilots NWT – The Crash

 

Best Sports Analysis or Commentary (Program, Series or Segment)

Superbodies

(CTV)

Don Young, Les Tomlin

 

Best Sports Analyst

Catriona Le May Doan – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

 

Best Sports Feature Segment

Stephen Brunt, Matt Dunn – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games – Closing Essay

 

Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer

Chris Cuthbert – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games – Men’s Gold Medal Hockey

 

Best Sports Reporting

Darren Dreger – SportsCentre – Firing of NHLPA Paul Kelly

 

Best Sportscaster/Anchor

James Duthie – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

 

Best Visual Research

Elizabeth Klinck, Laura Blaney – Reel Injun

 

Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series

Eric Bednarski, Barry Cowling – The Strangest Dream

 

Best Writing in an Information Program or Series

Douglas Hudema – Hell on Hooves – Innisfail

 

(From a press release)

Hot on the heels of the announcement revealing Glee’s Cory Monteith as host of the 25th Annual Gemini Awards, Global and Showcase, along with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television proudly welcome a robust lineup of A-list talent eager to celebrate the nominees.

The special presenters confirmed to date include Grace Park from this fall’s #1 new series, Hawaii Five-0; the cast of the #1 new Canadian drama series, Rookie Blue with Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Charlotte Sullivan and Travis Milne; Dan For Mayor’s Fred Ewanuick; Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco; Flashpoint’s Enrico Colantoni; Lost Girl’s Anna Silk; and Canada’s ice dance champions from the 2010 Winter Olympics, Gold Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

“Canada is teeming with incredible talent and they’re coming to celebrate at the Geminis,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Shaw Media. “With all the glitz and glamour, this gala evening is going to be a phenomenal night for Canadian audiences nationwide as we celebrate our television industry.”

The Gemini Awards will be broadcast live Saturday, November 13 – 8pm on Global and Showcase. This year’s broadcast will be preceded by glittering red carpet arrivals featuring some of Canada’s biggest names in television.

“The Gemini Awards is a celebration of excellence as well as a tribute to the collegiality that strengthens and reinforces our community,” said Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “This year’s presenters hail from some of the year’s best TV shows and we are honoured and excited by their enthusiasm and support for their peers.”

TV lovers across the country can continue to vote for their favourite Canadian series from the last 25 years at www.favetvshow.ca. Compiled by a group of seasoned television critics, these shows encompass drama, comedy, reality and lifestyle genres. Voting concludes on Wednesday, November 3 when the results will be tallied. Special guests will present the countdown of Canada’s favourite TV shows throughout the broadcast.

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, the 25th Annual Gemini Awards will bring together Canada’s most gifted performers, craftspeople, producers and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.  

For a complete list of nominations, please visit www.geminiawards.ca.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Special Awards.

These awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Gemini Awards Industry Galas, taking place November 2nd and 3rd at the Kool Haus Entertainment Complex, and at the Broadcast Gala, taking place November 13th at the historic Winter Garden Theatre.

This year’s recipients are:

Academy Achievement Award – Linda Schuyler

This award is presented to an individual for an exceptional, outstanding, or ongoing contribution or service to the Canadian television industry.

Linda Schuyler is best known for co-creating and executive producing the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise, comprised of The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, School’s Out, Degrassi Talks and Degrassi: The Next Generation, now known simply as Degrassi. This franchise, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010, has won 20 Gemini Awards, two International Emmys, two Prix Jeunesses, two Teen Choice Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and countless other international honours. In addition to Degrassi, Epitome Pictures, founded by Schuyler and her husband and producing partner Stephen Stohn, has produced Instant Star, the MOW X-Rated, and Canada’s first prime time soap opera, Riverdale. Schuyler is a founding member of the Association for Media Literacy, and past Chair and long-standing member of the CMPA. Through Degrassi, Schuyler supports the children’s advocacy organization Free The Children and their worldwide initiatives. In 2008, she joined the cast and travelled to Kenya to participate in a school-building project. In 1994, in recognition of her contribution to Canadian television programming, Schuyler was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

 

Canada Award – Reel Injun

The Canada Award honours excellence in mainstream television programming which best reflects the racial and cultural diversity of Canada by fostering greater awareness among the Canadian public of the multicultural and multiracial nature of the country as well as promoting opportunities for ethnic and visible minority professionals within the broadcasting industry.

Produced by Rezolution Pictures, co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and in association with CBC News Network, Reel Injun is an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America and into the Canadian North, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors, and activists including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Graham Greene, Adam Beach, and Zacharias Kunuk, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to present day. The Canada Award is supported by CBC.

 

Gemini Humanitarian Award – Joy Coghill

This award is presented to an individual for exceptional contributions and commitments to community and public service outside the Canadian television industry.

Joy Coghill is co-founder and Honorary President of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver (PAL). Founded in 2001, PAL Vancouver provides affordable housing to performers and other industry participants while encouraging creative growth and development through strong intergenerational relationships. A performer, director, playwright, and teacher, Coghill was the driving force, with co-founder Jane Heyman, behind PAL Vancouver and the spokesperson for the organization’s fundraising initiatives. Coghill is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to the performing arts, including the Order of Canada, the 2002 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the 2005 Union of B.C. Performers John Juliani Award of Excellence, and the 2005 Vancouver Arts Award (Performing Arts). She is the recipient of four Jessie Awards and holds Honorary Doctorates from both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. The Gemini Humanitarian Award is supported by Global.

 

Margaret Collier Award – Donald Martin

This award is presented to a writer for a body of work in Canadian television and/or significant contribution to the international profile of Canadian television.

Donald Martin began his writing career in 1988 with the groundbreaking TV movie No Blame, starring Helen Shaver. Martin’s credits include The Christmas Choir (Hallmark), the Gemini Award-wining Céline (CBC), Ann Rule’s Too Late To Say Goodbye (Lifetime), Wild Hearts (Hallmark), The Hunt for the BTK Killer (CBS), Family Sins (CBS), Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution (CBS), The Three Gifts (Hallmark), Ebenezer (CTV), Spenser: A Savage Place (ABC), the Gemini Award-winning Coming Of Age, Shadow Lake, and the upcoming An Old Fashioned Christmas (for Hallmark, starring Jacqueline Bisset). Martin’s feature film credits include the award-winning Dim Sum Funeral (HBO), for which he is also Executive Producer, Shackles (Sony), and Never Too Late, starring Olympia Dukakis, which was nominated for a Writers Guild of Canada Award and a Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay (1996). Martin was the recipient of the inaugural Gemini Humanitarian Award in 2001, as well as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, presented by the Governor-General of Canada in 2002.

 

Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in Digital Media – Alon Marcovici, Vice President, Digital Media, CTV for CTVOlympics.ca/RDSolympiques.ca Live Sports Video Stream Player

This award honours a technical achievement in the Canadian digital media industry.

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium faced the challenge of presenting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games to the Canadian public like never before. Its Digital Media team was tasked with producing a news and information portal which, for the first time in Olympic history, broadcast every second of the Winter Games. To do so, the team created an immersive, HD-quality live streaming player which enabled Canadians to pause, replay and rewind the live broadcast while being guided to key moments in time through an interactive and data-embedded video player. This live video player was key to the website’s overwhelming success. In the period from February 12th to 28th, the website delivered record results for interactive and online viewing in Canada: 215 million page views to 12.3 million unique visitors, with 28.5 million videos viewed. For its innovation in the realm of live online sports consumption in Canada, the CTVOlympics.ca/RDSolympiques.ca live event video player represents a huge leap in user experience and technical innovation in the Canadian marketplace. The Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in Digital Media is supported by Switch United.

For additional information on this year’s Special Awards recipients, please visit www.geminiawards.ca.

Canwest and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television have announced that Glee star Cory Monteith will host the 25th Annual Gemini Awards. Broadcast live on Saturday, November 13 – 8pm on Global and Showcase from Toronto’s historic Winter Garden Theatre, the Awards honour the highest achievements in the television industry. This year marks a significant milestone as the Geminis commemorate their silver anniversary.

“It is such an honour to host the Geminis,” said Cory Monteith. “My mom is so excited! I hope that I can make my fellow Canadians proud!”

“The Gemini Awards are the biggest celebration of Canadian television, and what an ideal complement to have Cory back home to host the Gala broadcast,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “As the star of one of TV’s biggest shows, we’re confident his enthusiasm will bring a fresh energy that is sure to resonate with audiences nationwide.”

Born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver, Cory Monteith is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors. Playing the affable Finn Hudson on Global’s smash hit, Glee, Monteith has catapulted to stardom since the series debut last year. Monteith’s film credits include Final Destination 3; The Invisible; Deck the Halls; Whisper; and most recently, Monte Carlo, starring Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy, scheduled for release in early 2011.

“We are delighted that Cory will be returning to the Gemini Awards,” said Sara Morton, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Over the years, the awards shows have been hosted by some of Canada’s best-known and most beloved performers, each of whom has brought their own personal charm and charisma to the show. Cory is a terrific addition to a show that is already teeming with talented nominees and presenters.”

In honour of the Geminis’ 25th anniversary, TV lovers across the country have been encouraged to vote for their favourite Canadian series from the last 25 years at www.favetvshow.ca. Compiled by a group of seasoned television critics, these shows encompass drama, comedy, reality and lifestyle genres. Voting concludes on Friday, October 29 when the results will be tallied. Special guests will present the countdown of Canada’s favourite TV shows throughout the broadcast.

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, the 25th Annual Gemini Awards will bring together Canada’s most gifted performers, craftspeople, producers and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Gemini Awards, Canadians can take a nostalgic look back at the greatest homegrown programs from the last 25 years and vote for their favourite online.

Beginning Wednesday September 15, TV lovers can make their selection from a list of programs housed on a new, interactive website: www.favetvshow.ca.

Compiled by a group of seasoned television critics, these shows were shortlisted from all series broadcast during 1985 – 2010 inclusive.

From timeless family classic Anne of Green Gables to quirky comedy Trailer Park Boys, the final list encompasses drama, comedy, reality and lifestyle genres. The complete list of the top 25 shows will be found at www.favetvshow.ca.

Celebrating 25 years of Canadian television, www.favetvshow.ca features clips, photos and series information on the selected programs. Viewers can either vote online, tweet their favourite show on Twitter, or comment via Facebook – every vote counts.

Canadians can have their say until Friday October 29 when the votes will be tallied for the gala broadcast. Special guests will present the countdown of Canada’s favourite TV shows throughout the awards ceremony on Saturday November 13, broadcast on Global and Showcase.

Additional broadcast details and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, the Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievements in the Canadian English-language television industry. The Gemini Awards bring together Canada’s most gifted craftspeople, producers, and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.

(From a press release)

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is pleased to announce the nominations for the 25th Annual Gemini Awards, recognizing the year’s best in Canadian English-language television.

This year’s celebrations will be held in Toronto over three nights in November. The Industry Gala Presentations will take place on Tuesday November 2nd and Wednesday November 3rd at the Kool Haus Entertainment Complex; the Broadcast Gala will take place on Saturday November 13th at the historic Winter Garden Theatre and will be broadcast live-to-tape on Global and Showcase.

The drama Flashpoint leads the 2010 Gemini Awards nominations with 15 nominations including Best Dramatic Series. Coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games garnered 13 nominations including Best Live Sporting Event. Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures, Guns, Stargate Universe, and The Summit are up for awards in 9 categories each; Less Than Kind and Love, Hate and Propaganda each received 8 nominations.

For the complete list of nominations, please visit www.geminiawards.ca.

“Over the past 25 years, we have witnessed dramatic changes in the Canadian television industry. The stories that we tell and the ways in which we tell those stories have evolved alongside the technological advancements that have altered the way we watch TV,” says Sara Morton, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “This year’s nominations reflect an industry that is confident and flourishing.

Our shows are successful here in Canada and around the world. We are proud to celebrate this year’s achievements as well as pay tribute to the shows and colleagues that have paved the way for this year’s nominations.”

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, the Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievements in the Canadian Englishlanguage television industry. The Gemini Awards bring together Canada’s most gifted craftspeople, producers, and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.

(From a press release)