Shaw Media Receives 92 Nominations for 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

Global's Fan-Favourite Series Rookie Blue Leads Shaw Media's Nominations with Nine Nods

Shaw Media's Specialty Channels Dominate Key Categories Including Best Reality Competition Series, Best Lifestyle or Talk Series and Best International Drama

Global News Celebrates Best Anchor Nominations for Dawna Friesen and Leslie Roberts

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TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Shaw Media's stellar slate of original programming was honoured with 92 Canadian Screen Award nominations in a press conference held this morning by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Shaw Media's nominations include 87 Television nominations and five Digital Media nominations.

"Shaw Media is incredibly proud of the creativity, quality and diversity of our original content," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content for Shaw Media. "The continued success of our Canadian programming is a reflection of the outstanding work of our production partners, and we would like to extend sincere congratulations to our talented colleagues who were nominated this morning."

Global's hugely successful series Rookie Blue received nine nominations, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Ben Bass), and two nominations for Best Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media (Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith).

Shaw Media dominated the nominations in 11 categories, including four out of five nominations for Best Lifestyle or Talk Program/Series, two out of three nominations for Best International Drama and three out of five nominations for Best Reality/Competition Program or Series. Canada's number one specialty drama of 2013*, Vikings, landed six nominations, including Best International Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (Katheryn Winnick). After an epic first season on the number one specialty reality series*, Big Brother Canada's host Arisa Cox was nominated for Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, Performing Arts or Talk Program or Series. The massively social series ripe with engaging digital extensions was also nominated in the Digital Media category Best Cross-Platform Project (Non-Fiction).

Global News celebrated nominations for trusted anchors Dawna Friesen (Best News Anchor, National) and Leslie Roberts (Best News Anchor, Local). In addition, Global Calgary's number one newscast among core viewers**, News Hour, was nominated for Best Local Newscast, as well as Best Special Event Coverage for its landmark community service during last June's devastating Alberta floods.

See below for the full list of Shaw Media nominations.

Global

Program Nominations
Rookie Blue 7
Bomb Girls 6
20th Annual Indspire Awards 3
4 Days in April: The Mike Weir Story 1
Total 17

Global News

Program Nominations
Global News Calgary 2
Global National 2
Global News Toronto 2
16x9 1
Total 7

Specialty

Program Nominations
Vikings 6
World Without End 5
Museum Secrets 4
Perfect Storms 4
Canada's Handyman Challenge 3
Yukon Gold 3
The Real Inglorious Bastards 3
Ice Pilots NWT 2
Pitchin' In 2
Intervention Canada 2
Top Chef Canada 2
You Gotta Eat Here! 2
The Real Sherlock Holmes 2
War Story 2
Copper 2
Haven 2
Ring of Fire 2
Big Brother Canada 2
Continuum 2
Chuck's Week Off: Mexico 1
Income Property 1
Air Aces 1
Money Moron 1
Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen 1
Decked Out 1
Holmes Makes it Right 1
Disaster Decks 1
Brainwashed 1
Ex-Wives of Rock 1
Restaurant Takeover 1
Total 63

Digital Media Nominations

Program Nominations
Rookie Blue In Session 2
Continuum Interactive 1
Big Brother Canada 1
Perfect Storms Interactive 1
Total 5

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

* Source: BBM Canada PPM data All Cdn Specialty 12/31/12-12/29/13, A25-54
**Source: BBM Canada PPM, Calgary EMA, Fall 2013 (Sep 9-Dec 15, 2013, A25-54).

About Shaw Communications Inc.
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