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CBC's Gartner, Culbert win special Gemini Awards

CBC broadcast journalist Hana Gartner and former CBC producer and Ryerson professor Bob Culbert have won special Gemini Awards from the Academy of Cinema and Television.

CBC broadcast journalist Hana Gartner and former CBC producer and Ryerson professor Bob Culbert have won special Gemini Awards from the Academy of Cinema and Television.

Seven winners of prestigious Special Awards for the best in Canadian television were named Wednesday in Toronto.

Gartner has won the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism in recognition of her body of work.

Gartner, who is best known for her work on the current affairs show the fifth estate, has been abroadcaster for CBC Television for 30 years.

She has won three Gemini Awards as best host, anchor and interviewer and earned the Gordon Sinclair Award once previously in 1985.

Culbert, who is nowvice president of documentaries for CTV, has won the Academy Achievement Awardrecognizing those who shape the industry behind the scenes.

Asa senior producer of The Journal and executive director of CBC Newsworld, he oversaw coverage of events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square massacres.

Other special award winners:

  • Actor Donnelly Rhodes, who played Dr. Grant Roberts on CBC family series Danger Bay and has won four Geminis, including one for his role on Da Vinci's Inquest, has won the Earle Grey Award for his contribution to the international profile of Canadian TV.
  • Writer Pete White, who penned CBC series Danger Bay, Northwood and Da Vinci's Inquest, has won the Margaret Collier Award for screenwriting. White, who was first acting president of the Writers Guild of Canada, has film and TV writing credits forproductions such asLegend of Ruby Silver and Peacekeepers.
  • Beverly Thomson, co-host of CTV's Canada AM and a former news anchor for Globalwins the Gemini Humanitarian Award for her crusade against breast cancer. After a personal battle with the disease, she created the documentary Where There is no Fear and became honorary chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in Ontario.
  • The animated program Wapos Bay: There's No "I" in Hockey won the Canada Award for multiculturalism.
  • OpenGear Multi-Definition/Multi-Function Terminal Equipment Platform has won the Gemini Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for technical achievement.

The 21st Annual Gemini Special Awards will be presented at the Gemini industry gala in October.

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