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!
AMPIA’s 40th Anniversary Screening of Francis Damberger’s ‘Road to Saddle River’ was a resounding success! More than 250 people packed Metro Cinema on September 29 to see the Cult Classic Cowboy Comedy on the big screen in glorious 35mm Cinemascope. Director Francis Damberger was joined on stage afterwards by Actors Paul Jarrett, Sam Bob and Michael Hogan for a spirited Q & A with the audience. Many of the crew were also on hand, including Cinematograher Peter Wunstorf, CSC, and Sound Recordist Garrell Clark, who traded war stories afterwards at the High Level Diner with Producers Dale Phillips and Graydon McCrae.
Thanks to the Edmonton Film Festival, Metro Cinema and the Edmonton Film Commission for their support of the screening, which was presented as part of the EIFF and Alberta Culture Days. Thanks also to Alberta Beef for the 500 packages of beef jerky, all of which were consumed by the audience! Here’s to the next 40 Years of AMPIA!
For anyone who missed the screening, Francis is selling DVD’s. Please contact him at: email@example.com
(From left: Sam Bob, Paul Jarrett, Francis Damberger, Michael Hogan and AMPIA Executive Director Bill Evans)
The Alberta Media Production Industries Association is pleased to announce that Calgary-based Producer Murray Ord will be honoured at the 2013 David Billington Award Luncheon to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Delta Bow Valley Hotel (Bow Valley Ballroom) in Calgary. Murray Ord’s career spans 35 years in the film and television industry ranging from acting, production, and development to financing. “Murray Ord has been instrumental in bringing Hollywood to Alberta with films like Legend of the Falls, Brokeback Mountain and The Assassination of Jesse James. He has helped and continues to help our Alberta industry gain high-calibre experience.” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). Murray Ord was the President of the Alberta Film Commission from 1996 to 2001. During this productive time, he brought several high-profile projects to Alberta including Shanghai Noon starring Jackie Chan, Mystery Alaska with Russell Crowe, The Edge starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, and the television series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Currently, Murray is a partner in Alberta Film Entertainment, a very successful Film and Television Production Company. His co-production credits include Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features, The Assassination of Jesse James for Warner Brothers, The Ron Clark Story for Hallmark, Santa Baby I & II for ABC Family and The 19th Wife for Sony Television. While with Alberta Film Entertainment, Ord still finds time to stay involved in the film and television industry as a Board Director for The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) and as a Creative Executive Producer of the hot singing group, REVV 52. He is an Executive Member of Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA) insuring the preservation, expansion and promotion of excellence in fine arts programs in our Alberta schools, K-12 and Post Secondary. As well, he is a member of The Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC), The Association of Canadian Television & Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). The David Billington Award is presented annually to an Albertan who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community with their vision, passion and dedication. 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the David Billington Award. Tickets to the David Billington Award Luncheon are available online or by mailing in a cheque and registration form (download PDF here). Early bird tickets will be on sale until October 11, 2013. Discounted Accommodations are available at our Partner Hotel the Delta Bow Valley. Guests can call 1-800-665-8571 and ask for the AMPIA rate ($119.00 per weekend night).