Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Calgary Filmmaker Tom Radford to Receive U of A Alumni Recognition Award

Tom Radford Alberta Filmmaker CalgaryTom Radford, ’66 BA is a distinguished documentarian. He  has played a pivotal role in Canada’s film industry, inspiring an entire generation of filmmakers. His career as a writer, director and producer has earned him numerous national and international awards and accolades. For more than 40 years, he has had a profound influence on Canada’s television and film industries. In 1980, as an executive producer at the National Film Board (NFB), he founded the NFB Northwest Studio in Edmonton, which launched more than two decades of unparalleled film activity in Alberta and supported the development of many of our country’s filmmakers. He also initiated the National Screen Institute and established one of the first independent production companies in Edmonton.

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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’s Claire Martin to Receive U of A Alumni Recognition Award

Claire Martin CBC EdmontonClaire Martin has epitomized the profession of meteorology in Canada, providing the highest level of weather forecasting and science presentation. As a senior meteorologist for CBC News, she is renowned for her weather reports and has become the national voice for all things weather related. Martin’s dedication to her profession has greatly improved the public’s understanding of the science of weather. Working with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, she was the driving force in the development of national broadcast standards for weather reporting. She also shares her expertise with numerous organizations, including the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists, where she served as chair and vice-chair.  An avid educator, this former forecaster with Environment Canada helped create an award-winning weather unit for Alberta’s public school science curriculum, and she also helped run a weather broadcasting course for African nations with the World Meteorological Organization, a UN specialized agency.

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Albertans Win Big at the 2011 Gemini Awards

Gemini Awards 2011The  Gemini Awards The Gemini Awards intended to honour the best in Canadian television as determined by members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and other industry professionals were handed out in Toronto on September 7. Alberta film and television producers, actors and crafts people came up big. Edmonton’s Clearwater Documentary won two Gemini Awards for The Code Breakers – ‘Best Science and Nature Documentary’ and ‘Best Photography in a Documentary Program’. The one hour documentary, written, produced and directed by filmmaker Tom Radford and Arctic scientist Niobe Thompson, also won multiple awards at AMPIA’s Rosie Awards in May. Congratulations also go out to Calgary’s 24SEVEN Films for Alberta Watson’s ‘Best Performance in a Guest Role’ award for Heartland – Where the Truth Lies, and to Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film & Television for Blackstone, which was awarded a Gemini for ‘Best Achievement in Main Title Design’. Blackstone is also nominated for two Gemini’s in the ‘Best Actress’ category, which will be awarded at the live Gemini Gala, on September 7, broadcast on CBC. We salute the winners, and all the Alberta nominees! The 2011 Gemini Awards were hosted by CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi and Comedian Steve Patterson.

Nominations Invited to Crystal Awards for Women in Media in Canada

Crystal-Awards for Film Television and Digital Media in CanadaEstablished in 1988, the Crystal Awards bring together business, government and media from across the country to celebrate annually the outstanding achievements of Canadian women and men in screen-based media. Designed to recognize and promote exceptional achievement in film, television and digital media, the Crystal Awards are acknowledged today as one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades. WIFT-T (Women in Film and Television – Toronto) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon! Active members are invited to nominate an exceptional candidate, with a minimum of ten years’ experience in screen-based media (film, television and digital media), for a 2011 Crystal Award. See more about the Crystal Awards here and also check out the upcoming Digital Media Summit in Stratford Ontario in October featuring guest speaker Adrianna Huffington from the Huffington Post.

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)