Murray OrdThe Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced that Calgary-based Producer Murray Ord will be honoured at the 2013 David Billington Award Luncheon to be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Delta Bow Valley Hotel (Bow Valley Ballroom) in Calgary.  Murray Ord’s career spans 35 years in the film and television industry ranging from acting, production, and development to financing. “Murray Ord has been instrumental in bringing Hollywood to Alberta with films like Legend of the Falls, Brokeback Mountain and The Assassination of Jesse James. He has helped and continues to help our Alberta industry gain high-calibre experience.” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association.

Murray Ord was the President of the Alberta Film Commission from 1996 to 2001. During this productive time, he brought several high-profile projects to Alberta including Shanghai Noon starring Jackie Chan, Mystery Alaska with Russell Crowe, The Edge starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, and the television series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Currently, Murray is a partner in Alberta Film Entertainment, a very successful Film and Television Production Company. His co-production credits include Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features, The Assassination of Jesse James for Warner Brothers, The Ron Clark Story for Hallmark, Santa Baby I & II for ABC Family and The 19th Wife for Sony Television.

While with Alberta Film Entertainment, Ord still finds time to stay involved in the film and television industry as a Board Director for The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) and as a Creative Executive Producer of the hot singing group, REVV 52. He is an Executive Member of Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA) insuring the preservation, expansion and promotion of excellence in fine arts programs in our Alberta schools, K-12 and Post Secondary.

As well, he is a member of The Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC), The Association of Canadian Television & Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).

The David Billington Award is presented annually to an Albertan who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community with their vision, passion and dedication. 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Award.

About David Billington

David Billington came to Alberta in 1975 with 2 national newspaper awards and a stint at Reuters behind him. He worked as a cowboy then joined the Calgary Herald in 1977. In 1978 he became entertainment editor and rodeo commentator for the newly established Edmonton Sun. David was the first print journalist to give serious attention to the arts and in particular, film and television in Alberta. In 1974, David covered Alberta’s first film festival, four years later he was a founding member of the Commonwealth Games Film Festival and was on the pre-selection committee for the first Banff Television Festival in 1979 – a role he played until his death in 1987.

David believed that Alberta film should be held to the exacting standards of the global industry. Since David’s death in 1987, the award has been presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community, and celebrates those individuals who, like him, inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication.

David Billington was given the very first Billington Award posthumously in 1988. It was accepted by his son Dai Billington. See the biographies of all the Billington recipients are as they appeared in the award program for each year.

Tickets to the David Billington Award Luncheon are available online or by mailing in a cheque and registration form. Early bird tickets will be on sale until October 4, 2013.

Discounted Accommodations are available at their Partner Hotel, the Delta Bow Valley. Guests can call 1-800-665-8571 and ask for the AMPIA rate ($119.00 per weekend night).

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