Canadian industry vets to receive special Gemini awards

Documentarian Mark Terry (pictured), The National Film Board of Canada and CTV anchorman Lloyd Robertson are among those receiving special honors at the upcoming Gemini Awards.
August 10, 2011

Canadian television industry veterans Christina Jennings, documentarian Mark Terry (pictured) and Lloyd Robertson are to be honored at the upcoming Gemini Awards, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television said Wednesday.

This year’s Gemini Humanitarian Award will go to Terry, a TV and documentary producer whose credits include thought-provoking films like The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009) and The Polar Explorer (2011).

Jennings, who founded Shaftesbury Films in 1987, is to receive the Academy Achievement Award for her contribution to Canadian film and TV production.

The Academy will also give departing chief CTV news anchor Lloyd Robertson the Gordon Sinclair Award for broadcast journalism.

Elsewhere, The Canada Award will go to The Storytelling Class, a documentary about a Winnipeg high school that was produced by John Paskievich and John Whiteway of Sedna Productions.

The National Film Board of Canada will receive an outstanding technical achievement award for digital media. The NFB is dominating this year’s Gemini category for best original program or series produced for digital media – non-fiction, with six out of six nominations.

Other trophy winners: The Actors’ Fund of Canada will receive the Gemini special award for exceptional service to the Canadian TV industry; the Margaret Collier award goes to writer/producer Bob Carney (E.N.G., Flashpoint); and the Outstanding Technical Achievement award will be received by David F.E. Corley, who invented the Corley color pattern test to revolutionize TV.

The Academy’s board is to honor Paul Bronfman for his own contribution to Canadian TV after founding production equipment supplier and studio operator Comweb Corp. in 1987, and currently chairing the Pinewood Toronto Studios complex in Toronto.

(From Playback Daily; additional files from Barry Walsh)

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