At least 24 more Concordians are up for Canadian Screen Awards — this time in television
Many, many Concordians have been nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards, being held Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Toronto. Here is the list of television stars — more names will be added in the coming days.
* denotes winners
Nahlah Ayed, LLD 16, is nominated for Best National Reporter for CBC News: The National, “Rohingya Muslim Crisis.” Since August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine province after the army began a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Ayed has covered major world events and conflicts across the Middle East.
* Scott Bailey, BA 01, is nominated for Best Factual Series for The Detectives, which brings to life the work of real detectives by blending the best of documentary storytelling with fully dramatized re-enactments. Producer Bailey also worked on Real Detective, La Dolce Debbie and Only in Montreal.
*Glenn Berman, BFA 78, is nominated for Best Picture Editing, Factual for The Detectives - The Wells Gray Gunman, which brings to life the work of real detectives by blending the best of documentary storytelling with fully dramatized re-enactments. Editor Berman’s credits include Real Detective, This Life and Mémoires affectives.
* Ian Caldwell, BA 87, is nominated for Best Local Newscast for CTV News Toronto at 6, which covers daily and breaking news. Caldwell, a managing editor and producer, has previously won awards for CTV News at Noon, at 6 and at 11:30, in Toronto.
Emma Campbell, who attended the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994, is nominated for Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series for The Next Step, which follows the lives of an elite group of dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio. Campbell, who was a producer and writer on the show, acted in The Aviator and Murdoch Mysteries.
Daniel (Dan) Carriere, BA 80, is nominated for Best Documentary Program for Love, Hope & Autism. Based on a lifetime of home-movie footage, it takes viewers deep into the heart of a family raising a son with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Executive producer Carriere also worked on Unspoken Rules, Almost Heaven and Chasing the Tango High.
* Laura Clunie, BA 98, is nominated in the Best Animated Program or Series category for Paw Patrol — the adventures of 10-year-old Ryder and his pack of six uniquely talented, well-equipped and lovable rescue puppies — and the Best Pre-School Program or Series category for Rusty Rivets, which follows the path of a 10-year-old inventing genius.
Donald (Don) Ferguson, BA 70, LLD 09, is nominated in the Best Comedy Series category for Second Jen and in Best Variety or Entertainment Special for Air Farce New Year’s Eve. Ferguson attended Loyola College, one of Concordia’s founding institutions and is an actor, writer, and producer best known for Royal Canadian Air Farce, for which he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Former Concordia professor *Michael Fukushima is nominated for Best Virtual Reality Game for Museum of Symmetry, the feel-good alter-universe of Paloma Dawkins, produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Fukushima worked on Minoru: Memory of Exile, cNote and Tying Your Own Shoes and co-founded the NFB’s emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse.
Daniele Hamamdjian, BA 06, is nominated for Best National Reporter for CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme, “Rohingya Crisis.” Hamamdjian joined CTV National News in 2009 and is now the London News Bureau Correspondent where she’s reported on the Brexit negotiations, the European migrant crisis and the royal wedding.
Thomas Howe, BA 74, is nominated for Best Factual Series for Employable Me, a moving documentary featuring job seekers who are determined to show that having a physical disability or neurological condition doesn’t make them unemployable. Executive producer Howe worked on The People's Couch, Undercover Boss Canada and Be the Boss Canada.
Paul Jones, MA 97, is nominated for Best Achievement in Make-Up for Cardinal: Blackfly Season, where detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme find themselves in a strange case involving a woman with a gunshot wound to the head. Jones has also worked on Star Trek: Discovery, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Orphan Black and Resident Evil.
*Jennifer Kawaja, BA 82, GrDip 84, is nominated for Best Limited Series or Program for Cardinal: Blackfly Season, where detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme find themselves in a strange case involving a woman with a gunshot wound to the head. Kawaja, along with Julia Sereny, founded Sienna Films in 1992.
Michael Konyves, BA 95, is nominated for Best Writing, Drama Series for Bad Blood, the Netflix series that tells the story of the Rizzuto family, five years after the death of Vito Rizzuto. Konyves, who is the executive producer/showrunner, also wrote Barney's Version and The Last Knights.
Al Kratina, BA 05, is nominated for Best Drama Series for Blood and Water, which integrates Mandarin, Cantonese and English and tells the story of a young female detective who’s fighting cancer and trying to solve the murder of a billionaire's drug-addicted son. Kratina also worked on The Detectives and Crimson.
Vanessa Matsui, BFA 04, is nominated for Best Web Program or Series, Fiction for Ghost BFF, a dark comedy about depression that follows two women — one alive and one dead — across space and time as they struggle to right past wrongs. An actor and writer, Matsui created, wrote and directed the series. She’s nominated for a second CSA for her lead performance in it.
Nabil Mehchi, BA 96, is nominated for Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series for Interrupt This Program, a six-part series uncovering the underground arts scene in chaotic cities recovering from major traumas. Mehchi was the lead editor and post director of the award-winning series Licence to Drill and Jacked!
Simon Nakonechny, GrDip 16, is nominated for Best Local Reporter for CBC Montreal News at 6, “One Year After the Flood,” which examined the aftermath of the 2017 spring floods. The videojournalist has covered everything from the G7 protests in Quebec City to the 2018 provincial election.
Katie Nolan, BFA 10, is nominated for Best Web Program or Series, Fiction for Ghost BFF, a dark comedy about depression that follows two women — one alive and one dead — across space and time as they struggle to right past wrongs. Nolan, the series producer and co-writer, is one-third of the female-driven production company, Babe Nation Films, behind it.
Judith Pyke, GrDip 97, is nominated for Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series for Inseparable: Ten Years Joined at the Head. Enter a year in the lives of conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan, unique in the world because of how their brains are connected. Pyke is president of Curious Features and an award-winning executive producer, showrunner, director, and writer.
* Lindsay Rempel, BA 16, is nominated for Best News or Information Segment for CBC News: The National, "The Ruins of Raqqa," segment, which examined what ISIS left behind after fleeing Syria. Rempel now works for Euronews.
Ioanna Roumeliotis, BA 91, is nominated for Best News or Information Segment for CBC News: The National, “Canada’s Silent Shame,” segment, which dealt with human trafficking. Roumeliotis is an award-winning senior reporter who covered the 9/11 attacks and more recently, the Jian Ghomeshi investigation and #metoo movement.
Nicolas S. Roy, BFA 06, is nominated for Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction for Manic VR, an extraordinary journey into the world of bipolar disorder and the whirlwind of mania, psychosis and depression. Producer Roy is the founder and creative director at Dpt., specializing in immersive experiences and interactive storytelling.
Ian Whitehead, BA 92, is nominated for Best Limited Series or Program for Second Opinion. Ivy Fisher is a typical 30-something professional with a stalled personal life and an overactive career. During a crucial meeting, her body fails her. Whitehead is an award-winning producer and executive producer who has produced more than 100 hours of scripted television.