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May 2016

Exclusive B2B Meetings in BANFF

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AMPIA members have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive Business 2 Business (B2B) meetings during the Banff World Media Festival. The meetings will take place at the afternoon of Tuesday, June 14 at the Banff Spring Hotel (for pass holders only).

Participating Executives: 
1. Helen Asimakis, Senior Director, Drama (CBC)
2. Rebecca DiPasquale, Production Exec Drama (Bell Media)
3. Alex Schwarm, Manager, Scripted Development (Sundance TV)
4. Jillian St. Charles, VP, Programming & Strategy, Digital (HGTV, DIY Network, Great American Country)
5. Ken MacDonald, General Manager & Vice President (Discovery Canada)
6. Martin Markle, Head of CBC Kids, (CBC)
7. Sam Linton, EVP, Production (Blue Ant Media)
8. Jonathan Cane, VP Unscripted Development, (BBC Worldwide Productions)
9. Liz Levenson, Director of International Sales and Acquisitions, (GRB Entertainment)
10. Grazyna Krupa, Executive Producer, (CBC Unscripted)
11. Stephanie Slack, EVP, Coproductions and Acquisitions at (MarVista)
12. Jessica Schmiedchen, Manager of Development, (CBC Entertainment)

Meetings are limited and offered on a first come- first served basis with a maximum of three per member.

Call the AMPIA office for more info: 780-944-0707

Pyramid Productions Wins Prestigious GENESIS Award!

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The Calgary documentary, Unnatural Enemies: The War On Wolves is the recipient of the Genesis Award for International TV Documentary. Directed by Pyramid Productions’ Geordie Day, the documentary exposes the inhumane practices of wolf management in Alberta.

“It’s great for the film to get international attention. Although we explore the controversy in Alberta, the issue reaches far beyond our province and affects wildlife throughout the Rockies,” Day says.

The film recently won first place at the Through Their Eyes Film Festival in Cochrane, Alberta and screened at the 39th International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.

2016 Rosie Award Winners

By AB Film & TV Awards

The 42nd Alberta Film & Television Awards were held at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary on May 7. Over 650 guests attended The Rosies Gala to honour the very best of Alberta’s production in the screen industry.

The majority of this year’s Rosie winners were first-time nominees in their categories,  including Best Actress Jordyn White (Blackstone),  Best Screenwriter Benjamin Ross Hayden (The Northlander), Producers Cody Kennedy and Tim Rutherford for Best Web Series (Straight To Video: A B Movie Odyssey) and Chris Hsiung won for his first feature documentary Elder in the Making.

WINNERS | 2016 Alberta Film Television Awards Winners

Press Highlights:

CBC | David Bell
Calgary Herald | Eric Volmers
International Business Times | Sachin Trevedi

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