Canadian Screen Awards Noms for CONTINUUM & ARCTIC AIR as Best Dramatic Series

Lots and lots of tweets in my timeline from B.C. film & TV people yesterday. The good: filmed-in-Vancouver sci-fi Showcase hit Continuum and northern adventure CBC hit Arctic Air both nabbed first-time Canadian Screen Awards nominations as Best Dramatic Series, along with the filmed-in-Toronto Bomb Girls, Flashpoint and King. The bad and the ugly: Premier Christy Clark’s BC Jobs Plan boosted several industries last week but not our declining film & TV biz, provoking a  SAVE BC FILM petition and a hashtag #SaveBCFilm to wake up the government about the cost to the province of losing film & TV productions to places with better tax credits like Ontario. Among other things, American productions build the infrastructure that make local successes like Continuum and Arctic Air possible.

Back to the good: the made-in and set-in-Vancouver sci-fi procedural Continuum racked up the individual CSA noms too, with a writing nomination for its creator Simon Barry (in the photo below with cast ); a directing nomination for Jon Cassar; a VFX nomination for Adam Stern of Artifex Studios; and an original musical score nomination for Jeff Danna — all for the show’s stunning pilot A Stitch in Time which travels in time from Vancouver in 2077 to Vancouver in 2012.

Joining Continuum as a first-timer in the Best Dramatic Series competition is the filmed-in-Vancouver-and-Yellownife series Arctic Air from Omni Films. The visually-spectacular aerial adventure drama was created by Ian Weir and is produced by Michael Chechik, Gary Harvey and Gabriela Schonbach.

Also of note is filmed-in-Vancouver The Haunting Hour‘s nomination as Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Series; performance nominations for Being Erica‘s Erin Karpluk and Bomb Girls‘ Meg Tilly, who both hail from B.C.;  and a well-deserved costume design nomination for Sanctuary‘s Christine McQuarrie.
Plus a Best Reality/Competition Series nomination for The Real Housewives of Vancouver. The Dragons’ Den Dragons may best them at the Screen Awards but I bet the Housewives could take the Dragons in real life.
In TV News, News Hour on Global BC anchor Chris Gailus is up against the big-name national anchors for a win as Best News Anchor. And CBC Vancouver is in contention for Best Local News Program.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be presented in Toronto on March 3rd.

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