CBC takes home 49 Canadian Screen Awards

March 13, 2017, Toronto

and its production partners took home 49 awards, more than any other broadcaster, during The Academy of Canadian Film & Television’s Canadian Screen Award week, which spanned four award galas honouring excellence in scripted, unscripted, documentary, news, sports and digital programming. CBC received 40 awards at galas held earlier in the week and nine awards during the broadcast gala, which aired live on CBC on Sunday, March 12, including wins for CBC SPORTS, FIRSTHAND - GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, SCHITT’S CREEK and THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION.

“These awards are a testament to the quality of CBC's distinctly Canadian content, which informs and entertains while reflecting our country's rich diversity of voices and experiences,” said Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As Canada's public broadcaster, we are proud to be at the very heart of this nation's cultural ecosystem, nurturing and investing in Canadian creators and artists. Congratulations to all nominees and winners. CBC celebrates your passion, dedication and commitment to telling Canadian stories.”

CBC’s Canadian Screen Award highlights:

  • CBC’s scripted programming won a total of 16 awards including multiple wins for hit comedy series BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, KIM’S CONVENIENCE and SCHITT’S CREEK. MURDOCH MYSTERIES won five awards including the Golden Screen Award for Canada’s Most-Watched TV Drama or Comedy.
  • CBC’s unscripted programming earned 11 wins including six awards for last summer’s historic, nation-building concert THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION and three awards for factual series STILL STANDING.
  • CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL took home five awards including Best National Newscast.
  • CBC’s acclaimed documentary programming was recognized with eight awards including the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program for FIRSTHAND - GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR; the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary award for I AM THE BLUES; and Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series for THE NATURE OF THINGS - MOOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TWIG EATER.
  • CBC Sports took home two awards for its coverage of the RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, the most-watched summer Olympics in Canadian history, including Best Live Sports Event and Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series for Scott Russell.
  • CBC's original digital content was honoured with four awards including wins for THE AMAZING GAYL PILE and MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMMATE.

CBC’s 2017 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD WINS – 49 TOTAL:
* Broadcast gala award wins on Sunday, March 12, 2017

CBC SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING (16)

MURDOCH MYSTERIES (5):
CBC, Shaftesbury

Golden Screen Award for Most-Watched TV Drama or Comedy *
Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, Julie Lacey, Stephen Montgomery

Best TV Movie or Limited Series
Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, Julie Lacey, Stephen Montgomery

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
Peter Mitchell

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
Michael McGowan

Best Original Music Score for a Program
Robert Carli

KIM’S CONVENIENCE (4):
CBC, Thunderbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role*
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Kim's Convenience: Janet’s Photos / Ddong Chim
Andrew Phung

Best Achievement in Casting
Kim's Convenience: Frank & Nayoung
Deirdre Bowen, Millie Tom

Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or Series
Kim’s Convenience: Gay Discount
Kye Meechan

BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (3):
CBC, Frantic Films

Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jamie Brown

Best Picture Editing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Baroness von Sketch Show: If the Killer is Watching
Mike Fly, Jeremy LaLond

Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Baroness von Sketch Show: I Can’t Believe This Used to Take Days
Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Dawn Whitwell, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin

SCHITT’S CREEK (2):
CBC, Not A Real Company Productions Inc.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role*
Catherine O'Hara

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Schitt's Creek: Bob’s Bagels / Moira’s Nudes
Emily Hampshire

UNCLAIMED:
CBC, Full Flood Productions

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE:
CBC, Smiley Guy Studios

Best Animated Program or Series
Jonas Diamond, Jeremy Diamond, Veronica Tennant, Vickie Fagan, Mike Valiquette, Denny Silverthorne

CBC UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING (13)

THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION (6):
CBC, Insight Production Company Ltd.

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)*
Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair

Best Live Entertainment Special
Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Lindsay Cox

Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
David Russell

Best Photography in a Variety Program or Series
Alex Nadon, Tyler Pigeon

Best Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or Series
Jay Vicari, Peter Gary, Jon Erickson, Lee Moro, Mark Vreeken

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

STILL STANDING (3):
CBC, Frantic Films

Best Factual Program or Series
Jamie Brown, Jeff Peeler, Maureen Riley

Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series
Still Standing: Vanastra
Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Steve Dylan

Best Host in a Lifestyle, Talk or Entertainment News Program or Series
Jonny Harris

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2):
CBC, Melbar Entertainment Group

Best Performing Arts Program
Barry Avrich, Susan Edwards

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series
Ben Carlson

THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL:
CBC, Paperny Entertainment Inc.

Best Picture Editing in a Factual Program or Series
This Is High School: Grade 9 is the Worst Year
Sarah Cruise

2016 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS:
CBC, Frank Content

Best Host in a Variety or Reality/Competition Program or Series*
Norm Macdonald

CBC DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMING (8 AWARDS)

FIRSTHAND (4):

GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR:
Documentary Channel (CBC), White Pine Pictures

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program*
Sponsor | Rogers Group of Funds
Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard, Peter Raymont

Best Direction in a Documentary Program
Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard

Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series
Mark Korven

THE WOMAN WHO JOINED THE TALIBAN:
CBC, Matter of Fact Media Inc.

Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series
Richard O'Regan

I AM THE BLUES (2):

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary*
Daniel Cross, Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Bruce Cowley

Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary*
John Price

THE NATURE OF THINGS (2):

MOOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TWIG EATER
CBC, Twig Eaters Inc.

Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series
Susan Fleming

SONIC MAGIC: THE WONDER AND SCIENCE OF SOUND
CBC, Lightship Entertainment

Best Sound in a Non-Fiction Program or Series
Jeff Henschel

CBC DIGITAL (4 AWARDS)

THE AMAZING GAYL PILE (2):
CBC, LaRue Entertainment

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media - Fiction
Morgan Waters, Brooks Gray, Matt King, Andrew Ferguson

Best Direction in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media
Morgan Waters, Brooks Gray

MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMATE:
CBC, LoCo Motion Pictures

Best Performance by an Actor in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media
Paul Soles

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:
CBC, Media Headquarters

Best Cross-Platform Project
Robert Cohen, Barry Davis, Kyle Richmond, Mike Miner, Bill Konrad, David Offierski, Matt Odynski, Jesilou Tongio

CBC NEWS (6 AWARDS)

CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL (5):

Best National Newscast
Mark Harrison, Peter Mansbridge, Fred Parker, Derek Desouza, Heather McLennan

Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series
Wendy Mesley

Best News or Information Segment
CBC News: The National – Catching up with the Farwans
Adrienne Arsenault, Carmen Merrifield, Dave Rae, Jamie Hopkins, Dominique Banoun

Best Reportage, National
CBC News: The National – Trapped at the Border
Nahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley and Richard Devey

Best Photography in a News or Information Program, Series or Segment
CBC News: The National - Ethiopia on Edge
Richard Devey

CBC NEWS: HERE & NOW:

Best Local Newscast
CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
Lee Pitts, Jen White, Debbie Cooper, Jonathan Crowe, Ryan Snoddon, Rod Dobbin

CBC SPORTS (2 AWARDS)

Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series*
Rio 2016
Scott Russell

Best Live Sports Event
Rio 2016
Trevor Pilling, Chris Irwin, Paul McDougall, Mike Dodson, Don Peppin, Karen Sebesta

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

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