CBC filmmaker David Ridgen won a Gemini Award Monday for his documentary thatplayed a key role in solving a 40-year-old cold case involving the deaths of two Mississippi teenagers.

Gemini Awards for News,Sports, Documentary
News special event coverage CBC News: Sunday Grandmothers' Gathering
Newscast Global National
Best biography Dangerous When Provoked: The Life & Times of Terry Mosher
Performing arts program Lovesick, Cirque du Soleil, Galafilms
News magazine CBC News: The National, "The Enemy Within"
News information series the fifth estate
Reportage CBC News: The National, Susan Ormiston
Science program Gamer Revolution, Red Apple Entertainment
Sports analysis NHL on TSN, Mark Milliere
Sports feature Peter Jordan's Grey Cup Adventure, Frantic Films
Sports play-by-play Bob Cole, Hockey Night in Canada: Stanley Cup finals
Studio analyst Kelly Hrudey, Hockey Night in Canada
Writing in a documentary Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Writing in an information program Donna Gall, Recreating Eden: "Gardens in the Sky"
Gordon Sinclair Award Tony Burman

Ridgen received the award for best direction in a documentary during a gala ceremony in Toronto where Geminis for documentaries, news and sports were handed out.

His documentary, Mississippi Cold Case, reignited interest in the 1964 slayings of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee. In June, reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale was convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy in their deaths.

Former CBC News editor-in-chief Tony Burman received the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.

CBC won several other awards during the ceremony, including:

  • Gillian Findlay for best host or interviewer in a news information program for The Fifth Estate— "Luck of the Draw."
  • The Fifth Estate was named best news information series.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: "Stanley Cup Finals: Carolina at Edmonton Game 3" for best live sporting event.
  • Bob Cole for best sports play-by-play oranalyst.
  • Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night in Canada was named best studio analyst.
  • Susan Ormiston for best reportage for "CBC News: The National— "Reports from Afghanistan."

Broadcaster Pierre McGuire of NHL on TSN, was named for bestsports analysis, while Global National was named best newscast.

In June 2006, CTV News announced it would no longer participate in the Gemini Awards, saying the time involved in preparing entries for the prizes was not worth the trouble.

Geminis for lifestyle, children's and youth winners will be held Tuesday, while awards for drama, variety and comedy will be handed out on Wednesday. The main Gemini show will be held in Regina on Oct. 28.

With files from the Canadian Press