19-2 and This Life Nominated in the Best Dramatic Series Category for the 2017 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

19-2 and THIS LIFE earn a total of 12 nominations for the awards gala

Montreal, January 17, 2017 • The list of nominees for the upcoming CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS was simultaneously unveiled in Toronto and Montreal this morning. Montreal production company Sphere Media Plus is proud to announce that two of its original productions, 19-2 and This Life, have been nominated in the Best Dramatic Series category. The two series are also in the running in the following categories, for a total of 12 nominations:

19-2 (en co-production avec Echo Media)
Best Dramatic Series
Jocelyn Deschênes, Luc Châtelain, Bruce M. Smith,
Virginia Rankin, Josée Vallée, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor,
Best Direction Drama Series
Louis Choquette
Best Writing Drama Series
Bruce M. Smith
Best Performance Actor Lead Drama
Adrian Holmes
Best Performance Actor supporting role
Dan Petronijevic
Best Photography Drama series
Tobie M. Robitaille
Best Picture Editing Drama Series
Arthur Tarnowski
Best Sound Drama Series
Robert Labrosse, Guillaume Boursier, Martin M. Messier, Sébastien Bédard, Lori Paquet,
Sabin Hudon, Jacques Plante, Jean Camden, Leonardo Lamela
Best Original Music Score Series
Nicolas Maranda
Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction
Jocelyn Deschênes, Virginia Rankin, Bruce M. Smith, Luc Châtelain, Josée Vallée,
Lynne Kamm, Anne Bergeron, Lauren MacKinlay

THIS LIFE
Best Dramatic Series
Jocelyn Deschênes, Joseph Kay, Richard Blaimert,Virginia Rankin, Josée Vallée
Best Performance Actress Supporting Role
Lauren Lee Smith

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS are handed out each year in recognition of excellence in film, television and digital media. The 2017 awards gala will be broadcast live on CBC television on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 8:00 PM.

“I am delighted and proud that two of our series have been singled out in the Best Series category for the CSAs. Congratulations to showrunners Bruce M. Smith (19-2) and Joseph Kay (This Life), and to the talented teams that have made these series so successful,” said Jocelyn Deschênes, producer and founding president at Sphère Média Plus.

MULTI-AWARD-WINNING SERIES

Last year, 19-2 won CSAs in the categories of Best Dramatic Series (Jocelyn Deschênes, Luc Châtelain, Bruce M. Smith, Virginia Rankin, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor, Jesse McKeown), Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (PODZ), and Best Achievement in Casting (Robin D. Cook, Andrea Kenyon, Randi Wells, Marissa Richmond). In 2015, Jared Keeso (Ben) won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. The critically-acclaimed series was also honoured with a 2016 International Emmy Award nomination in the Best Dramatic Series category. The fourth and final season, shot last autumn in Montreal, starring Adrian Holmes and Jared Keeso, will air on Bravo in 2017. Seasons 1 and 2 are now available on CraveTV.

This Life was honoured at the 2016 Leo Awards, where Lauren Lee Smith (Maggie Lawson) won the award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female, Dramatic Series. Torri Higginson was nominated at the Toronto ACTRA Awards gala in the Outstanding Performance Female category for her performance as Natalie Lawson, and Stephanie Janusauskas was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a TV Series, Recurring Young Actress, for her portrayal of Emma Lawson-Crowley. Season 2 of this series, adapted from the French-language series Nouvelle Adresse, aired last fall on CBC television.

About Sphère Média Plus

Headquartered in the Montreal area and founded by Jocelyn Deschênes in 1997, Sphere Media Plus has nearly 1,200 hours of series television to its credit, along with productions that have been sold or adapted in numerous international markets. In Canada, the company’s programs have been seen on the ICI Radio-Canada, TVA, Séries+ (Corus Média), CBC, Bravo (Bell Media) and CTV networks. Police drama 19-2 has been acclaimed in both English and French. The English version was named Best Dramatic Series at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, and the series was recently nominated for a 2016 International Emmy® Award in the Best Dramatic Series category. Season 2 of THIS LIFE, the English adaptation of NOUVELLE ADRESSE, has recently finished airing on CBC. Over the years, Sphere Media Plus has won numerous industry and people’s choice awards, including more than 135 Prix Gémeaux (French Canada’s TV industry awards) and four (4) Canadian Screen Awards. The company continues to develop new projects for French and English-language markets. For more information, visit www.spheremedia.ca

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