CBC's stars from both in front of and behind the camera were shining bright at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards where the network took home 35 of the prestigious trophies. In total, CBC programs, talent and crew were nominated 126 times in categories across the board.
"Canadian entertainment history was made Sunday with the first ever Canadian Screen Awards and CBC gave Canadians a front row seat to the best of the best from Canada's entertainment industry," said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. "In total, CBC garnered 126 nominations and captured 35 Canadian Screen Awards and we could not be more proud of those recognized by the Academy, as well as the talented team that put the show to air."
CBC's broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. NT) garnered an average national audience of 756,000 viewers, with 2.9 million Canadians tuning in for at least some part of the broadcast. This year's average audience represents a 76 per cent increase over last year's Gemini Awards and a 100 per cent increase over last year's Genie Awards.
CBC's broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards featured several wins for the network's shows and personalities. DRAGONS' DEN took home the award for Best Reality/Competition Program or Series, while George Stroumboulopoulos was named Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, Performing Arts or Talk Program or Series for GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT. CBC NEWS THE NATIONAL's Peter Mansbridge was named Best News Anchor; MR. D's Gerry Dee was honoured with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role; Amber Marshall of HEARTLAND was presented with the Canada's Screen Star award as the fan's choice; and CBC Saskatchewan's BLIND SPOT: WHAT HAPPENED TO CANADA'S ABORIGINAL FATHERS? took home the Canada Award for programming that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of Canada. For a complete list of winners, visit CBCNews.ca.
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