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26th Annual Gemini Awards presenter lineup loaded with homegrown heavyweights as the stars come out to play

August 29, 2011 - The CBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) are pleased to announce the presenter line up for the 26th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS taking place on September 7, 2011 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) During the one-hour prime time special, host Russell Peters will be joined by the leading actors of Canada's hottest shows, including Jason Priestley from Call Me Fitz, Yannick Bisson from Murdoch Mysteries, Callum Keith Rennie from the breakout seriesShattered, Craig Olejnik from The Listener, and Hugh Dillon from Durham County and Flashpoint.

Other confirmed presenters include:

The 26th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS will air live on CBC in a special one-hour broadcast. With an already impressive list of presenters, expect a jam packed show, full of spectacular visuals and incredible musical performances, which are to be announced later this week.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Time: 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT) on CBC
Where: CBC Studios (tune in nationwide)

Fans can also experience the show from a unique perspective online, alongside digital host Tom Green, in the Tom Green Room. The live stream begins at 7 p.m. ET at cbc.ca/live and will be available On Demand as a digital companion to the 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) television broadcast.

The 26th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS are also available on Twitter by following @CBCLive and #geminiawards and/or @thegeminiawards.

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, The Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievements in the Canadian English-language television and new media industries. The Gemini Awards bring together over 2,500 of Canada's most gifted craftspeople, producers and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.

For a complete list of nominations and supporting media materials, please visit www.geminiawards.ca/. For supporting photography, please visit http://mediacentre.cbc.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

About ACCT
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based industries. The Gemini Awards were launched in 1986.

For further information, contact:
CBC: Renee Weekes, Veritas Communications
weekes@veritascanada.com, 416-640-4155 / 416-894-7209 (mobile)
ACCT: Suzan Ayscough, Director Communications, Marketing & Development (Interim)
416-366-2227 (Ext. 231)

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