AMPIA is now accepting nominations for the The 2014 Alberta Film & Television Awards (Rosie Awards). We are excited to announce that five new or updated categories have been added to reflect the expanding media industry in Alberta.
On Saturday, November 2, the AMPIA team was joined by over 200 of the industry’s finest, including the man of the hour, Murray Ord, for the 25th Annual Billington Award. With wonderful food, speeches, entertainment and company, we honoured Murray’s countless achievements, and listened to his friends and colleagues share their stories and gratitude.
A huge thank you to all of those who braved the treacherous weather to join us in celebrating Murray, and a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors who helped make this event such a success: Alberta Film, CTV, CBC, the Edmonton Film Commission, the Calgary Film Commission, and SEVEN24 Films! AMPIA would also like to give a huge round of applause to our amazing master of ceremonies, Fred Keating, and our talented event producer, Jim Sutherland. Another big thank you to Ken Filewych who edited the event’s tribute reel, and to Mike Shields who provided the score.
Tickets are now officially ‘Sold Out’ for the 25th Annual Billington Award Luncheon honouring Murray Ord on November 2, 2013 at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary. Also, Ron Nichols has been added as a speaker to complete the line-up! The full list of speakers is below:
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
Fred played the easily excitable barber Repeat Golightly in Jake and the Kid and, for six seasons, nasty City Councillor Jack Pierce on CBC’s DaVinci’s Inquest and DaVinci’s City Hall. His high-end video production company, Lindisfarne Productions, is celebrating 30 years serving the media needs of corporate, government and non-profit clients. Fred received the David Billington Award in 2003 and Alberta’s Centennial Medal (2005) for his work in television and film.
With work spanning over 25 years, and as of the co-founders of Alberta Filmworks Inc., Randy has directed and produced over 90 hours of network television drama including Lonesome Dove, North of 60, Ray Bradbury Theatre, Traders, 21 Jump Street, The Song Spinner, A George Fox Christmas, Bad Faith, Burn: the Robert Wraight Story, Agent of Influence, Everest ‘82 and the TV Movie Crazy Canucks. Randy has won a Gemini Award for Directing and has been nominated numerous times for Geminis and has also been nominated for an Emmy Award.
Capitalizing on the diversity of the landscape of Alberta has led John Scott through a lifetime journey of adventure in the movie industry. Scott’s first experience wrangling began in 1970 with Little Big Man, starring Dustin Hoffman, after which Scott went to Hollywood and worked with the wranglers and stuntmen there, getting onto sets and gaining invaluable experience when it came time for producers to come to Alberta. Scott has since worked on some of the biggest films to come to our Province, including Unforgiven, Legends of the Fall, Heaven & Earth and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. John’s credits also include all three Lord of the Rings films.
Tom Cox is a key figure in the Canadian film and television industry. His work as a producer spans almost thirty years and includes feature films, dramatic series, television movies and documentaries. Projects Tom has worked on have garnered dozens of Canadian and international awards, including Wild Roses, Burn Up, North of 60, Tom Stone and Heartland. His US co-producing credits include the feature films The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Brokeback Mountain and Resurrecting the Champ. Tom is a member and former Chair of the CMPA and AMPIA Boards of Directors. He also sits on the Alberta Film Advisory Council and Premier’s Council on Culture.
A born and bred Calgarian, married 34 years to Deb, an almost born and bred Calgarian. Ron was employed as an operations manager with Volkswagen Canada working with them for 35 years before retiring in July 2012. Ron has an ongoing passion for all things mechanical and a powerful affection for his home town.
PLUS OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS TBA!