DAILY NEWS Jan 15, 2013 10:39 AM - 0 comments

Inaugural Canadian Screen Award Nominees Announced

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has unveiled the first-ever nominees for a Canadian Screen Award in film, televison or digital media.

Nominees in 116 Award categories (22 film, 89 television and 5 digital media) were announced today, and webcast from simultaneous news conferences in Montreal and Toronto.

 “The Canadian Screen Awards celebrate the beginning of a new era in multi-platform entertainment,” explained Academy CEO Helga Stephenson. “Canadians are watching and consuming in a million different ways now, from the silver screen to the mobile screen, so we’ve updated the Academy to today’s multi-screen reality with the launch of the first ever Canadian Screen Awards.”

The Awards will be presented during the first Canadian Screen Week, a six-day extravaganza of events and activities, leading up to the Awards Gala on March 3, 2013. “On behalf of the Academy, its board of directors and members, I’d like to congratulate all the Canadian Screen Award nominees and wish them the best of luck in the upcoming awards shows,” said Academy Chair Martin Katz.

CBC will air the special inaugural 2-Hour Live Broadcast Gala Sunday March 3, hosted by Canada’s king of comedy, Martin Short.

"We’re extremely proud to be the exclusive broadcaster of the Canadian Screen Awards," said Julie Bristow, Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming, CBC. “With an incredible collection of talented nominees across the film, television and digital industries, and the legendary Martin Short as host, the Canadian Screen Awards will be a night of celebration that Canadians won’t want to miss.”

The new Canadian Screen Award statue, designed by Endeavour and made in Canada by Wallis Awards, was revealed also today.

The official multi-platform Canadian Screen Awards Trailer, also created by Endeavour, was also unveiled.

 More special Canadian Screen Awards and details of Canadian Screen Week events will be announced in coming weeks.

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