CBC original programming comes out on top at the Canadian Screen Awards gala

March 10, 2016, Toronto

CBC’s winning streak continued at The Academy of Canadian Film & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards second gala event, where the public broadcaster received another 23 awards – more than any other broadcaster. The evening honoured excellence in drama, comedy, variety, children’s, performing arts and digital media. The hugely successful CBC original production, The Book of Negroesled the way at last night’s awards, taking home a total of 10 wins – nine for television and one for digital media. CBC original hit comedy Schitt’s Creek secured six television awards, including a trophy for co-creator and star Daniel Levy in the Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series category.

CBC was also recognized for Canadian favourite Rick Mercer Report, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony, compelling spy thriller X Companyand the Stratford Festival production of King Lear. The evening included a special nod to the team of This Hour Has 22 Minutes as they were presented with the Academy Icon Award, announced last fall.

“What a night for the CBC! It’s been a rewarding year. We are thrilled to see audiences embracing CBC programming and now to be recognized by The Academy,” said Heather Conway, executive vice president, English services, CBC. “These accolades validate CBC’s position as a leader in the broadcast community where CBC continues to deliver quality Canadian content and attract top-tier talent both on-and off-screen. I want to congratulate the outstanding Canadian creators that we are proud to showcase to our audiences, as their multi-platform public broadcaster. We’re tremendously pleased to see Sally Catto and everyone on our programming teams receive the recognition they deserve.”

The Book of Negroes received awards for Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series and Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Series. Stars of the series were recognized for their talent, taking home Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series (Lyriq Bent), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series(Aunjanue Ellis)andBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series(Shailyn Pierre-Dixon).

Schitt’s Creek co-stars Emily Hampshire and Chris Elliott took home awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series, respectively. In addition to the award for Best Writing, Schitt’s Creek also won Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, among others.

Hosted by comedy legend Norm MacDonald, the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. (9 AT | 9:30 NT) on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Leading up to the broadcast, Canadians can share their thoughts on the nominees on Twitter @CBC using #CdnScreen16.

2016 Canadian Screen Award wins for the CBC on Wednesday, March 9 include:

Best Costume Design
The Book of Negroes
(Entertainment One)
Kate Carin

Best Cross-Platform Project — Fiction
The Book of Negroes Interactive
(Secret Location, Conquering Lion, Entertainment One, CBC)
James Milward, Ryan Andal, Kathryn Rawson, Allen Martin, Damon D'Oliveira

Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series
Schitt's CreekThe Cabin
Paul Fox

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
Sponsor | William F. White International & Comweb Group

The Book of Negroes
Clement Virgo

Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony
Shelagh O'Brien

Best Original Music Score for a Program
Sponsor | Slaight Music
The Book of Negroes
(Entertainment One)
Philip Miller

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
X CompanyWalk With the Devil/Into the Fire
Torben Liebrecht

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Schitt's CreekHoneymoon/Surprise Party
Chris Elliott

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
The Book of Negroes
Lyriq Bent

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Sponsor | Don Carmody Productions & Don Carmody Television
The Book of Negroes
Shailyn Pierre-Dixon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Schitt's CreekOur Cup Runneth Over/Carl’s Funeral
Emily Hampshire

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
The Book of Negroes
Aunjanue Ellis

Best Performing Arts Program
King Lear
(Melbar Entertainment Group)
Barry Avrich, Susan Edwards, Anita Gaffney, Michael Levine

Best Photography in a Comedy Program or Series
Schitt's CreekHoneymoon
Gerald Packer

Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or Series
Schitt's CreekSurprise Party
James Bredin

Best Picture Editing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Rick Mercer ReportEpisode Three
Allan Maclean, Miles Davren

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series
The Book of Negroes
Jason Clarke, Ian Greig, Robert van de Coolwyk, Brian Glaser, Renee Filipova

Best Sound in a Comedy or Dramatic Program or Series
The Book of Negroes
Derek Mansveldt, David Rose, David McCallum, Martin Gwynn Jones, Joe Mancuso, Steve Hammond, Erik Culp, Frank Morrone, Scott Shepherd, Alexander Rosborough

Best Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or Series
2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony
Antonio Montano, Michael Nunan, Andrew Roberts, Kent Ford, Mark Vreeken

Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Sponsor | DHX Media

Rick Mercer Report
(Island Edge Inc.)
Gerald Lunz, Rick Mercer, Tom Stanley

Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series
Schitt's CreekHoneymoon
Daniel Levy

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
The Book of Negroes
Clement Virgo, Lawrence Hill

Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Rick Mercer ReportEpisode Eleven
Rick Mercer, Rick Currie, Greg Eckler, Chris Finn, Tim Steeves, George Westerholm

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