The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has just announced four Academy Special Award winners for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards — Ted Kotcheff, Colm Feore, Marge Anthony and CTV News’ iGateway.
“We are deeply honoured to present these Canadian screen leaders with Academy Special Awards,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz. “As we look forward to our national Canadian Screen Awards telecast on March 9, the Academy continues to recognize and celebrate Canada’s most talented actors, directors and digital innovators, as well as the broadcast executive who made ‘first’ her personal trademark,” says Katz.
Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute (FILM & TV)
For Outstanding and Enduring Contributions to Canadian Film & Television
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1931 of Bulgarian-Macedonian descent and graduate of University of Toronto, Ted Kotcheff worked for the CBC and at 24 became the youngest drama director in the country. His illustrious directing career goes from stage to screen, from Canada to England to the U.S. and back garnering dozens of prestigious awards including Canada’s only Golden Bear win from the Berlin film festival for the now digitally restored Canadian classic, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1973), penned by his former roommate, the incomparable Mordecai Richler. Duddy won the Best Canadian Film Award (now Canadian Screen Awards) and in 2013 was declared a Cannes Classic. He directed Edna, the Inebriate Woman, which swept all the British Emmys in 1970 and was voted one of the BFI’s Best 100 Greatest British Television Programs of the 20th Century. His Australian film, Wake in Fright, received extraordinary critical acclaim at the 1971 Cannes festival and was declared a Cannes Classic in 2009. His many notable pictures include: First Blood, North Dallas Forty, Joshua Then and Now and the cult classic Weekend at Bernie’s. For 12 seasons Kotcheff was Executive Producer on the top-rated series LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit.
Earle Grey Award (FILM &TV)
Although born in the States, Feore moved to Ottawa when he was three. Adopting Canada as his own, Feore attended Canada’s National Theatre School and joined the prestigious Stratford Festival in 1981. During 16 seasons at Stratford, he achieved fame as one of Canada’s premiere stage actors, playing virtually all of Shakespeare’s leading men. Feore is also a screen actor, especially well-known for his film roles in Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, The Red Violin (which won him a Jutra Award), The Perfect Son (Best Actor Genie nomination), Chicago and The Changeling. More recently he has starred inThor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and the upcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2. In television, Feore starred in the Stephen King mini-series Storm of the Century and has made guest appearances in Due South, The West Wing, Boston Public, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Flashpoint, The Listener and Saving Hope. He won a Gemini award for his lead role in the CBC mini-series Trudeau. He has starred in The Borgiasand ABC’s Revolution, Kiefer Sutherland’s 24 and the upcoming Sensitive Skin with Kim Cattrall.
Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute (FILM & TV)
(Posthumously) For Outstanding and Enduring Contributions to Canadian Film & Television
Inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1997, Marjorie (Marge) Anthony Linden could be called the first lady of Canadian broadcasting. She was the first female all-night disc jockey in Montreal, the first woman to appear in regular programming at CFCF-TV, also in Montreal, the first female vice-president in Canadian television and the first woman president of the Broadcast Executive Society. Born in Mill Village, Nova Scotia, on October 30, 1935, Marge Anthony made her entry into broadcasting 13 years later, singing and tap-dancing on radio station CKBW Bridgewater. In 1959, Marge joined the staff of CKGM in Montreal as a commercial writer. She also lived and worked in California and New York before returning to Canada in 1978, and during her 10 years with CTV in Toronto, Marge became deeply involved in the Canadian TV industry.
Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (FILM & TV)
For Recent Canadian Technical Achievements in Canadian Film & Television
CTV News’ iGATEWAY
Bell Media’s Engineering department revolutionized the way news is captured and delivered using iGateway, an internally developed app using iOS and original technology. CTV News is the first Canadian news broadcaster to create an app that is an HD end-to-end / accelerated file transfer solution, from the user capturing images in the field to the editor preparing that same material for air. The iGateway app provides the CTV News team an iOS device with the power of a mobile truck – a powerful alternative proving particularly useful for news gathering in smaller markets. Recognizing the breakthrough CTV News app, in Fall 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook featured CTV News and its use of iOS at the company’s iPad MINI release, and APPLE’s 2012 earnings call.