Gemini TV Award Nominees Announced; Cross Platform Projects Included
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the nominations for the 24th Annual Gemini Awards, recognizing the year’s best in Canadian English-language television.
The 2009 Broadcast Gala will take place on Saturday November 14th.
The Academy, along with its broadcast partner, Canwest, the Government of Alberta, Tourism Calgary and Calgary Economic Development, also announced that Calgary, will be the Host City for The Gemini Awards.
The Gemini Awards will be produced by Calgary-based production company Joe Media Group, and broadcast nationwide on Global and Showcase. Each year, a different city hosts the Awards. While the Geminis have been hosted by other western Canadian cities like Regina and Vancouver, this is the first time the event has been held in Alberta.
The Academy also noted it will continue its partnership with Zip.ca, working with the online portal to provide Web access to some nominated programming for voting members of the Academy.
During the Gemini voting period (August 25 to September 18, 2009) Academy voting members may access streaming of programming nominated in Program Categories through Zip.ca.
The TV drama Flashpoint leads the 2009 Gemini Awards nominations with a record 19 nominations, followed by The Tudors with 11 nominations. Being Erica, Diamonds, Less Than Kind, and The Border each received 9 nominations. For the complete list of nominations, visit www.geminiawards.ca.
“Our television industry is thriving and this year’s Gemini Awards nominations clearly demonstrate that,” said Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “This year’s nominees have found success with both Canadian and international audiences. We are proud to celebrate the achievements of these shows and the talents behind them, and honoured to be a part of such a flourishing community.”
The presentation of the Gemini’s 99 award categories and special awards will be divided over multiple nights. Awards are presented in Program Categories, Craft Categories, Performance Categories and Special award categories.
New media programming is recognized by the Academy, through the Best Cross Platform Project. This year, the nominess for that category include:
Being Erica Interactive p. Shawn Bailey, David Fortier, Jessie Gabe, Ivan Schneeberg (Temple Street Productions)
CBC News: Ormiston Online p. Susan Ormiston, Allison Brachman, Karl Delgadillo, Paul Hambelton, Jeff Wyonch (CBC)
IProphesy: The Future Revealed – Interactive p. James Milward, Sissy Federer-Less (Henry Less Productions)
One Million Acts of Green – Interactive p. Jennifer Dettman, Julie List, Alex Liu, Paul McGrath, George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC-The Hour)
Pop It! – Interactive p. Susan Nation, Nina Beveridge (Hop To It Productions Inc.)
The 2009 Industry Galas will take place on October 19th and 20th in Toronto, Ontario at The Sound Academy; News, Sports, Documentary, Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy and Variety Awards will be among the categories presented.
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition, and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film and television. Unifying professionals across Canada, the ACCT is a vital and integral force, representing all areas of the film and television industries.