An Amazing 22 Gemini Nominations for Manitoba Productions and Creators!

Sep 1, 2010 | Corporate Member News

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the nominations for the 25th Annual Gemini Awards, which include 22 nominations for Manitoba projects/creators.

On Screen Manitoba would like to thank the Province of Manitoba for their support of these projects and the ongoing development of the screen-based media sector in Manitoba. We are especially excited for the recognition received for LESS THAN KIND, a prime-time comedy series based in Winnipeg, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, a mini-series chronicling the life of famed sportscaster Don Cherry and ONE OCEAN, a multi-platform project that includes a television documentary and an educational interactive website. These projects are representative of the kinds of productions we hope to see more of – homegrown drama series, scripted dramatic programming and innovative multi-platform productions – which have a significant impact on the growth and sustainability of the industry in Manitoba.

2010 Gemini Awards – Manitoba Nominations:

7 nominations for Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

This four-hour mini-series chronicles the life of one of Canada’s most prominent hockey personalities and top sportscaster Don Cherry. A true rags to riches story of a strong-willed character following his dreams.

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Jeff Woolnough – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Tim Cherry – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series
Glen MacPherson – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Jared Keeso – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Sarah Manninen – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

Best Costume Design
Patti Henderson – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series
Rejean Labrie – Keep Your Head Up Kid: the Don Cherry Story

8 nominations for Less Than Kind

A smart, edgy, dysfunctional half-hour comedy that follows 15-year-old Sheldon Blecher, his self-destructive driving instructor father, his pyromaniac mother and his failed-actor brother as they try to revive their failing family business. It’s a sharp and humorous look at the collisions and twists that happen between the hugs and kisses in a “loving” family.

Best Comedy Program or Series
(Buffalo Gal Pictures, Breakthrough Films & Television, E1 Entertainment)
p. Phyllis Laing, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson

Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series
James Dunnison – Less Than Kind – First Nighters

Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Jenn Engels – Less Than Kind – Fatso Loves Lesbo
Marvin Kaye, Chris Sheasgreen – Less Than Kind – Third Death’s The Charm

Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
Benjamin Arthur – Less Than Kind – That’s Somebody’s Knish!
Lisa Durupt – Less Than Kind – Road Trip
Wendel Meldrum – Less Than Kind – I Am Somewhere

Best Achievement in Main Title Design
Trevor Hembrey – Less Than Kind

2 nominations for One Ocean

A Special 4-Part Series exploring the past, present and future of the world’s ocean and our race against the clock to save them. Episode Three, Mysteries of the Deep takes us to the most beguiling parts of the sea, the very depths that we know so little about.

Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program
One Ocean: Mysteries of the Deep (Merit Motion Pictures)
p. Merit Jensen Carr ,Michael Allder, Caroline Underwood

Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction
One Ocean Interactive (Merit Motion Pictures)
p. Merit Jensen Carr, Alexandra Rosentreter, Kevin Glasier, Vergil Kanne

1 nomination for The Secret World of Shoplifting

This one-hour documentary examines the rise in retail crime and how the consumer’s quest for the lowest price fuels the market for stolen merchandise. Featuring astonishing security camera footage, the latest crime-fighting technology and interviews from both sides of the law, The Secret World of Shoplifting investigates why people steal, what others are doing to fight it, and how retail theft affects us all.

Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series
Shawn Pierce – The Secret World of Shoplifting (Produced by Merit Motion Pictures)

1 nomination for Til Debt Do Us Part

To save families from the doldrums of debt, Til Debt Do Us Part follows financial wizard Gail Vaz-Oxlade as she helps families go from red to black by getting to the root of their destructive spending habits.

Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series
(Frantic Films)
p. Jamie Brown, Jennifer Horvath

1 nomination for Pitchin’ In

Follow renowned chef Lynn Crawford as she travels across the world in search of the freshest and finest ingredients, all the while learning about sustainable food production.

Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series
Lynn Crawford – Pitchin’ In – Shrimp (Produced by Frantic Films)

2 nominations for CBC News: Winnipeg

A live news program that runs weekdays at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. Provocative and to the point, the CBC Winnipeg news team works to bring Manitoba viewers a unique blend of local, national and international news.

Best Local Newscast, Large Market
CBC News: Winnipeg
p. Melanie Verhaeghe, Chris Armstrong, Kevin Cox, Brad Lillies (CBC Winnipeg)

Best Breaking Reportage, Local
Sheila North-Wilson – CBC News: Winnipeg – Homeless Rescue, Homeless Hero, & Rescue Reunion

On Screen Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music are excited for all the industry professionals who have been nominated. Our provinces representation at this year’s Gemini Awards is a testament to the talent and success of our community. Congratulations and best of luck to everyone!

The 2010 Broadcast Gala, which will recognize the year’s best in Canadian English-language television, will take place Saturday November 13th in Toronto, Ontario at the historic Winter Garden Theatre. It will broadcast live-to-tape on Global and Showcase.

For the complete list of nominations, please visit

Media Inquiries:

Gemma Manangan
Communications Coordinator
On Screen Manitoba
Phone: 204.927.5896
Fax: 204.943.4007
[email protected]

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