TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KEW MEDIA GROUP INC. (“KEW” or the “Company”) (TSX:KEW and KEW.WT), is pleased to announce its group of companies has garnered 40 Canadian Screen Award (“CSA”) nominations, showing strong recognition of KEW’s diverse range of multi-genre content for Canadian and international audiences. The CSAs are awarded annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and celebrate excellence in the Canadian screen-based industry.
Sienna Films (“Sienna”) leads the pack with 16 nominations including Best Limited Series or Program, Best Direction, Lead Actor and Actress for their hit show, Cardinal: Blackfly Season (on CTV in Canada and Hulu in the U.S.). Cardinal is beginning production on its 4th season, which will air in 2020. Sienna’s other returning drama Ransom (CBS in the U.S. and Global in Canada) also received two nominations. The third season of Ransom returns February 16th.
Frantic Films followed with an impressive 11 nominations for its hit series, Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC in Canada and IFC in the U.S), Still Standing (CBC), and The Writers Block (CBC). The Baroness Von Sketch Show, now in its fourth season, was nominated for five awards including Best Sketch Comedy Show & Ensemble Performance, Best Direction, and Best Writing for Variety or Sketch Comedy. Still Standing, now in its fourth season, was nominated for Best Factual Series and Best Host in a Program or Series for Jonny Harris, among others.
Kew Media Distribution’s (KMD) Shaftesbury Production-produced drama series, Frankie Drake Mysteries, was nominated in five categories including Best Drama Series and Best Direction. The show, currently in its second season on CBC, has been a ratings hit, finishing off 2018 as the network’s third most watched show. Another KMD title, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (ITV in the UK, City TV in Canada and Britbox in the U.S.), also received one nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Drama.
On the non-fiction side, Media Headquarters’ new spin-off of its original format, Canada’s Smartest Person Junior (for CBC), was nominated for three awards including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series while Architect Films’ returning hit series Home to Win, now in its third season on HGTV in Canada, was nominated for Best Lifestyle Program or Series and Best Direction in a Lifestyle Program.
Bristow Global Media’s 100 Days to Victory (Corus Entertainment’s HISTORY® in Canada and Foxtel’s The History Channel in Australia and New Zealand, as well as BBC Scotland) garnered two nominations for Best History Documentary Program or Series and Best Direction in a Documentary Program. The show, which is distributed by KMD, launched at MIPCOM in 2018 and has been generating strong international sales.
Steven Silver, KEW MEDIA GROUP CEO, said, “We’re incredibly proud of the nominations across the group. It’s wonderful to see recognition for such a diverse range of programming from scripted to lifestyle to original formats.”
The CSAs will be presented in Toronto the week of March 25, with the live broadcast gala airing on CBC on Sunday, March 31 at 8 pm EST.
About KEW MEDIA GROUP INC.
KEW MEDIA GROUP is a leading publicly-listed content company that produces and distributes multi-genre content worldwide. Companies included in the KEW family are the production companies: Architect Films, Awesome Media & Entertainment, Bristow Global Media, Collins Avenue Productions, Essential Media Group, 4East Media, Frantic Films, Jigsaw Productions, Media Headquarters, Our House Media, Sienna Films, Spirit Digital Media, and Two Rivers Media; and the distribution companies: KEW Media Distribution and TCB Media Rights.
With primary offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and Toronto, the KEW MEDIA GROUP companies develop, produce and distribute more than 1,000 hours of content every year, as well as manage a library of more than 13,000 hours of content, for almost every available viewing platform worldwide. KEW aspires to offer great content from all over the world to viewers of all ages and tastes. KEW promotes transparency, equality, respect, and inclusiveness and plans to grow with the benefit of people from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.