Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

AMPIA Presents Heartland’s Shaun Johnston with the Billington Award in Calgary on November 5

Shaun JohnstonShaun Johnston from the made-in-Alberta tv series Heartland will be presented with the Billington Award at a luncheon at the Westin Hotel in Calgary on November 5. The award is presented hearch 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. Shaun’s character Jack on Heartland is considered “the rock of Heartland, anchoring the family through all the ups and downs of their increasingly complicated lives.”

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Nomadic Pictures Wraps “Hell on Wheels” in Calgary and Sets to Air on AMC this November 2011

Nomadic Pictures CalgaryOn October 5, 2011, Nomadic Pictures wrapped Hell on Wheels, a new tv series shot for AMC in Calgary this October. Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The series documents the railroad’s incredible feat of engineering and construction as well as the institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the immigrants and newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in America’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.

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New $10,000 Edmonton Film Award Announced by Edmonton Arts Council

Edmonton Film AwardThere’s $10,000 on the table for an Edmonton film-maker. During day six of the 2011 Edmonton International Film Festival, the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) and the Edmonton Film Commission, announced the launch of The Edmonton Film Prize, an annual cash award, acknowledging the work of an Edmonton film-maker.  “Awards for excellence are an important part of investment in arts and artists,” says John Mahon, Executive Director of EAC. “The Art of Living, Edmonton’s 10 year cultural plan for the City, identifies civic awards in the arts as a strategic move.” Criteria for the prize will be established in the coming weeks. A jury of film-peers will be formed to help set criteria and choose a winner, Mahon says. This is a city that embraces creative industries and appreciates what they contribute to our economy and quality of life,” says Edmonton Film Commissioner Brad Stromberg. “Edmonton has many outstanding film-makers. This prize reinforces that recognition and appreciation. The Edmonton Film Prize will be presented during next year’s Edmonton International Film Festival.

2011 David Billington Award Luncheon to take place November 5th at the Westin Hotel Calgary

Shaun Johnston David Billington Award Winner 2011The Board of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) has nominated Shaun Johnston as the recipient of the 2011 David Billington Award. The media release announcing their decision points out that Shaun grew up in Ponoka, Alberta. “Having grown up on the prairies has had a great influence on my work as an actor.”  Shaun explains, “I like to believe my approach is open and natural.  I guess I’m a product of my environment.”  After a few hard working years on the farm and in the oil patch, Shaun decided to return to college and study law.  It was at the University of Alberta that a drama elective inspired him to change direction. Shaun was classically trained in theatre at the U of A, and from this beginning, he has built his career in Alberta.

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CBC Announces Weekly Canadian Film Broadcasts During 2012 Schedule

CBC to Broadcast Canadian Films in 2012CBC announced on a new partnership with Telefilm Canada on September 13, 2011 that will showcase Canadian Films through a regular broadcast on CBC TV. Saturdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) each summer, beginning 2012, CBC will showcase great Canadian films from emerging Canadian filmmakers, as well as offerings from some of Canada’s favourite and well-known filmmakers and stars. CBC is proud to support Canadian filmmakers and the film industry through this new initiative. Some of the films already slated to screen include award winning films such as The Trotsky, Take This Waltz, Incendies and Beginners Guide to Endings. The 9 p.m. broadcast allows CBC the ability to screen a wider range of Canadian films that cannot be broadcast in the regular 8 p.m. time slot due to content restrictions. CBC will continue to broadcast Canadian films as part of its prime time schedule and the upcoming year will see the premiere of Breakaway starring Russell Peters, recently featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Midnight’s Children, to appear on CBC TV closely after its theatrical release. CBC has also pre-licensed Edwin Boyd and Winnie, both to appear in prime time on CBC TV in future.


Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)