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press release: Youth Media Alliance 2017 Awards of Excellence – Winners Announced

By Mike Valiquette

Winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence Montréal, May 31, 2017 – This year’s Youth Media Alliance gala unfolded before an enthusiastic audience on May 31 at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The evening was hosted by the vibrant Studio K trio of Tony Kim, Janaye Upshaw and Victor Verbitsky under this year’s… »

press release: Youth Media Alliance Announces Nominees for English Language Awards of Excellence

By Mike Valiquette

Montreal, March 21, 2017 – Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to announce the television series as well as digital and interactive productions in the running for an Awards of Excellence. The winners will be revealed at the awards gala to be held on May 31, at the CBC Glenn-Gould Studio, in Toronto. Based on… »

Youth Media Alliance 2017 English-Language Awards of Excellence: Jury Members Wanted!

By Mike Valiquette

2017 English-Language Awards of Excellence: Jury Members Wanted! Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is looking for youth media professional to sit on the nomination jury for its 2017 English-Language Awards of Excellence. The involvement of the industry would be invaluable to us, and it’s also essential that our industry take part in the selection process. Nomination… »

Emmy Nominations Galore! (Especially Jess Borutski)

By Mike Valiquette

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and that’s a good day to be a Canadian with Emmy aspirations. 9Story’s got 9, fittingly. Sinking Ship’s got a bunch, primarily for live action, but Annedroid’s got a buttload of animation, so I’m counting it. The Kratt brothers are nominated. It’s a big list, and takes a… »

press release: Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video Goes to Chad VanGaalen, Animation Wins!

By Mike Valiquette

CHAD VANGAALEN, Director of Beat The Drum Slowly by Timber Timbre, WINS 2015 PRISM PRIZE For Best Canadian Music Video On Sunday, March 29, director Chad VanGaalen was announced as the winner of the 2015 Prism Prize for Timber Timbre’s Beat The Drum Slowly music video at the Prism Prize Top Ten Screening and Awards… »

This Year’s YMA Emerging Talent Award is Going to Mike Geiger. Yep, THAT Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is proud to give its Outstanding Achievement Award to Andra Sheffer and its Emerging Talent Award to Mike Geiger. These distinguished professionals will be honoured at a gala to be held on May 27th at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in Toronto. Regular reader’s are no stranger to Mike’s work,… »

iKids Awards! Marblemedia! DHX!

By Mike Valiquette

The Kidscreen Summit in Miami (did I mention it’s in Miami this year? Because it is. In Miami) supports two sets of awards, the Kidscreen Awards, and the iKids Awards for digital media projects. We ran a post on the Kidscreen Awards, so it’s only fair we highlight the Canadians who picked up iKids awards… »

Kidscreen Awards! Peg + Cat! Fangbone! Dino Dan! Stella and Sam!

By Mike Valiquette

We haven’t been covering Kidscreen this year because: A) We aren’t there. and B) It’s in Miami, and we’re having a big hissy fit because all our friends are warm and sipping cocktails, and we’re not. But it’s a thing, and it’s happening right now. IN MIAMI. I’m sure there are a bunch of readers… »

Canadian Connection: How To Train Your Dragon II wins best animated feature at Golden Globes

By Mike Valiquette

And what makes this news to us? Director Dean Deblois, that’s what! Apart from also co-writing and co-directing Lilo & Stitch, Dean’s pure Canuck. He was born in Aylmer, Quebec (that’s just outside Ottawa) and started out as an assistant animator and layout artist for Hinton Animation Studios. According to his Wikipedia entry, he managed… »

40th Annual Annie Award Nominations

By Mike Valiquette

Spot the Canadians with me.  I’ll highlight any you guys can point out. CANADIANS IN RED! 2012 ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS Best Animated Feature Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman – Focus Features Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation The Pirates! Band of… »

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