Friday, October 02, 2009

Allan King, Eric Peterson to receive special Geminis

Documentary maker Allan King, the Canadian pioneer of cinéma vérité who died in June, will be honoured with an Academy Achievement Award at the Geminis later this month.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television will also bestow special awards on actor Eric Peterson, screenwriter Barbara Samuels and the documentary series Club Native, it announced Thursday.

King, whose films included Warrendale, A Married Couple and EMPz 4 Life, was known for his insightful documentary making.

He is being honoured post-humously for his contribution to television, which includes CBC series Road to Avonlea and Danger Bay as well as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and By Way of the Stars.

Peterson, whose TV credits include Corner Gas and Street Legal, wins the Earl Grey Award for an actor or actress who has made a significant contribution to the profile of Canadian TV.

Peterson is a veteran stage and screen actor and recently reprised his theatre hit Billy Bishop Goes to War.

He earned three Geminis for his role on Street Legal and also made guest appearances on series such as This Is Wonderland, Slings and Arrows, DaVinci's Inquest and Traders.

Samuels, who mentors other screenwriters through the Canadian Film Centre and the Banff TV festival, is to receive the Margaret Collier Award for a Canadian screenwriter with an international profile.

Her screenwriting credits include The Jim Henson Hour, E.N.G, and Chasing Freedom, and she executive-produced North of 60 and Black Harbour.

Club Native, a documentary series on aboriginal identity and experience co-produced by the National Film Board, will receive the Canada Award for programming that reflects the country's cultural diversity.

Global TV's Susan Hay has won the Gemini Humanitarian Award for her involvement with multiple charities including World Vision, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

The awards will be presented at the upcoming industry galas on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in Toronto.

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