Shaw Media receives 86 nominations for 2013 Canadian Screen Awards

Global's Breakout Hit, Bomb Girls, Takes 7 Nominations
Including Best Dramatic Series and Best Leading Actress Categories

Shaw Media Dominates 5 Categories
Including Best Lifestyle Series and Best Dramatic Series

Global News Receives Record Number of Nominations
With 12 Including 3 of 5 for Best Anchor

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TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Shaw Media's unsurpassed roster of original productions received much deserved honours at this morning's Canadian Screen Awards press conference. Shaw Media received a total of 86 nominations for the March 3rd awards ceremony in Toronto.

"Shaw Media's robust slate of original programming has experienced an incredible year, and to see our team and our independent production partners recognized for their excellent work makes it that much more celebratory," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content for Shaw Media. "Through a tremendous amount of drive, persistence and imagination, we have created programs unmatched in originality, production values, writing and performances."

Shaw Media dominated 10 of this year's categories with Global taking 30 nominations, Specialty receiving 44 and Global News honoured with a record number of 12 nominations. Key highlights include Global's massive hit Bomb Girls, leading with 7 nominations including Best Dramatic Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. A strong performer every year, Rookie Blue followed closely with 5 of its own nominations. In addition to dominating the Best Lifestyle Program or Series category with 4 nominations, Shaw Media clearly established its digital clout in the increasingly critical Best Cross-Platform Project-Fiction category with 4 out of 5 nominations.

This is a record breaking year for Global News, which received 12 nominations. Canada's news powerhouse dominated the Best News Anchor category with 3 out of 5 nominations and Global National was honoured with nominations in the Best National Newscast and Best Breaking Reportage, National categories. It was also a record breaking year for investigative news magazine program, 16 x 9, which received 4 nods for the 2013 awards.

See below for the full list of Shaw Media nominations.

Global

Program Nominations
Bomb Girls 7
Combat Hospital 6
Titanic 4
Rookie Blue 5
The Firm 3
National Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2
Canada Sings 2
ET Canada Conversations : Michael Bublé        1
Total 30

Global News

Program Nominations
Global National 4
Global Toronto News Hour                                 2
Global BC News Hour 2
16 x 9 4
Total 12

Specialty

Program Nominations
Continuum 5
Lost Girl 4
Top Chef Canada 2
Producing Parker 3
King 2
D-Day to Victory 2
Eat Street 2
Kenny Hotz Triumph of Will 2
Canada's Handyman Challenge 2
From Spain With Love: With Annie Sibonney 2
Explosion 1812 2
Trashopolis 1
Battle Castle 1
Curse of the Axe 1
Chuck's Day Off 1
Income Property 1
Pitchin' In 1
Real Housewives of Vancouver 1
What's in a Name 1
Buy Herself 1
Dust Up 1
Haven 1
XIII: The Series 1
Museum Secrets 1
Almost Heroes 1
Befriend and Betray 1
Drunk and on Drugs the Happy Fun Time Hour 1
Total 44

For the complete list of nominees as announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television earlier today, please visit: www.academy.ca.

The winners will be announced Sunday, March 3rd - 8 pm ET during the Canadian Screen Awards gala.

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

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Grace Park
Publicity Manager, Global TV
Shaw Media
416-967-2484
Grace.park@shawmedia.ca

Jessica Gold
Publicity Manager,
Dramatic & Factual Channels
Shaw Media
416-966-7543
Jessica.gold@shawmedia.ca

Jaclyn Atwood-Powell
Publicity Manager,
Lifestyle Channels
Shaw Media
461-966-7293
Jaclyn.atwood@shawmedia.ca