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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Cleans Up at New York Festivals
By New York Festivals
Jan 31, 2004, 16:37

CBC Collects Seven Golds and a Grand in 2004 Television Programming Awards

NEW YORK -- The New York Festivals, organizer of the world's largest international awards competitions for broadcast and non- broadcast media, announced the Grand Award winners in the annual international television programming and promotions awards competition at a Gala Awards Ceremony held at the Hudson Theatre in New York City tonight.

The Grand Award for Best Documentary was awarded to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto for "The Life And Times of Pope John Paul II"

The Grand Award for Best Promotion Spot went to HBO in New York for their "Cinemax '02 Fall Image" campaign.

The Grand Award for Best News Programming was awarded to News 12 Long Island, in Westbury, NY, for "Inside The Fire Academy".

The Grand Award for best Children's or Youth Programming went to Animal Planet, in New York City, for "Animal Kidding".

And the Grand Award for Best Entertainment Program went to Granada Television in London, England for "Dr Zhivago".

Steve Burns, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Science Channel, who is also the Chairman of the Festival's Board of Judges, presented the Grand Awards.

In addition to their Grand Award in Documentaries, the Canadian Broadcasting also collected 7 Gold World medals for their entries in News, Documentaries and Entertainment programming.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour was awarded the Gold World Medal for Best News Correspondent. Grub Street Productions in Hollywood were recognized with the Gold World Medal in Best Situation Comedy for the highly successful series "Frasier". And Bravo's "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" won Gold in the Reality TV category.

A total of 71 Gold World Medals were awarded in categories ranging from News Programming, Documentaries, Drama, Mini Series, Reality TV, Entertainment and Promotions. 38 of these went to entries from the United States; Canada was next with 11, followed by the UK with 10, Australia and Germany with four apiece. Entries from Hong Kong, New Zealand, Spain and The Netherlands also collected Gold. The lengthy process of peer review judging was carried out from October to December 2003. As in previous years, the process involved several hundred producers, directors, writers and other media professionals around the United States.

Now in its 46th year, this year's competition attracted more entries from overseas than last year, with nearly 2000 entries from television broadcasters, cable companies, production companies and independent producers in 35 countries, up from the previous competition. The number of entries from overseas also increased by about 10 percent, accounting for nearly two-thirds of total entries in the 2004 competition. Full details of the results will be posted on the New York Festivals website, htttp://, from 9:00PM EST tonight.

About the New York Festivals

The New York Festivals (NYF) oversees and runs six international awards competitions: Film & Video; Television Programming and Promotions; Radio Programming and Promotions; Television and Radio Advertising; Design and Print Advertising; and Interactive Media. Entries to each of these competitions are judged in the United States and around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. Founded in 1957, NYF now has representation in more countries than any other media competition. In 2003, it received over 14,200 entries from companies in 62 countries.

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