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									              Academy unites film, TV and digital awards
              2-Hour Prime Time Live Broadcast Sunday March 3, 2013 @ 8pm on CBC

              TORONTO – May 1, 2012 – The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) will
              unite its film, television and digital media awards into one gala event with a live prime
              time broadcast, Sunday, March 3, 2013 @ 8pm (NT 8:30) on CBC. A series of celebrations
              of Canada’s screen industries leading up to the gala will include industry awards
              presentations and special events.

              “Following extensive industry consultation and outreach, the Academy Board announces
              the consolidation of the Genie and Gemini awards into one major powerhouse show for
              the Canadian public,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz.

              “The Academy’s new awards will be a true showcase of our country’s finest talent in all
              screen industries in this two-hour star-studded red carpet gala,” says Academy CEO Helga

              "The Canadian film, television and digital industries play a vital role in our country’s
              national identity, and we’re proud to shine a light on them in one groundbreaking
              television event," says Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, CBC English Services.
              “We look forward to working alongside our partners at the ACCT to celebrate the
              Canadian screen industry like never before.”

              English and French-language films will continue to compete in the new awards show
              which will now also include English-language television and digital awards.

              The annual Gémeaux Awards will celebrate French-language television and digital media
              on Radio-Canada on Sunday Sept. 16, 2012, as previously announced.

              Shows currently eligible for the 2012 Gemini Awards will be part of the Academy’s new
              awards show in March 2013. (For more information see FAQs).

              Further information about the Academy’s new awards will be announced and posted on
              the streamlined ACCT websites as it becomes available.

              Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit,
              professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of
              exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry
              professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based

              Info: VKPR 416.466.9799, or
              Suzan Ayscough
              ACCT Director of Communications, Marketing & Development (Interim)
              416.366.2227 (ext 231) OR 800.644.5194 (ext 231)

Academy of Canad ian Cinema & Televis ion / Académie canadienne du cinéma et de la télévis ion

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