Wingin' It is the 2011 Shaw Rocket Prize Winner!

Chosen by a jury of kids, a highly acclaimed Canadian show now in its second season edged out four other shows to take home the $50,000 grand prize for best Canadian children's program

OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Shaw Rocket Prize is pleased to announce that Toronto-based Temple Street Productions wins the $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize for Wingin' It, as voted by Canadian children in every province. A staple for Family Channel viewers, the show also airs on Disney XD Canada and is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

A half-hour sitcom, Wingin' It chronicles the adventures - and misadventures - of Porter, an Angel-In-Training and his odd couple other half, Carl, a typical high school kid. To earn his wings, Porter has been assigned to transform hapless student Carl into the most popular kid in school. If he succeeds, he'll get real wings and a halo. If he doesn't, it'll be a thousand years before he gets the chance to try again - and Carl will still be unpopular.

In the second season, Carl (played by Dylan Everett) is still trying to survive high school, while Porter (Demetrius Joyette) continues to iron out the kinks in his magic. In the process, the two get into a lot of exciting and wacky escapades - with episode titles like "Err a Parent," "Don't Dimension It," "Carl+Alt+Delete" and "Magical Kiss-tery Tour."

"We are thrilled about winning the Shaw Rocket Prize. We feel like we've earned our wings!" said Wingin' It producers Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier and Frank van Keeken. "Our deepest thanks to the kids' jury, and for all of the viewers who have made this show such a great success."

The 7th annual Shaw Rocket Prize was presented in Ottawa by Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, where the top five Canadian programs for kids aged 6-12 were celebrated. The other finalist shows produced across Canada made for a very tough competition: dirtgirlworld, My Babysitter's a Vampire - The Movie, Survive This, and Wibbly Pig.

"I'd like to congratulate Wingin' It for winning this award," said Minister Kenney. "Being selected by top industry experts, and then confirmed by a jury of child viewers - the hardest critics of all! - is a testament to the true popularity and success of this program."

"The strength of the finalists - and indeed all of the entries - shows the talent flourishing in Canadian television production," said Annabel Slaight, Chair of the Shaw Rocket Fund. "The quality of the shows bodes well for the ongoing national and international success of Canadian programming. We congratulate Wingin' It for being voted best of the best."

HOW THE WINNER WAS JUDGED:

An international jury of industry experts selected five finalists for the 2011 Shaw Rocket Prize.  The international jury was comprised of Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network; Joe Godwin, BBC; Tim Brooke-Hunt, ABC Australia; Nicole Keeb, ZDF; and Michael Carrington, Turner Broadcasting.

The international jury selected Wingin' It as a finalist because of its creativity and appeal to kids.

"Wingin' It takes the recognizable setting of high school, mixes it with the everyday challenges of young people coming to terms with growing up, and twists it with a little bit of magic to create stories which are engaging and above all great fun!" said Michael Carrington, Chief Content Officer, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), of Turner Broadcasting.

Once narrowed to five finalists, a jury of kids from across Canada chose their favourite. They voted throughout October and November by viewing each finalist's television and digital media content online. Below are quotes from members of the kids' jury:

    "I like it because it is very intriguing, and I find it hilarious. I am a big fan of Dylan Everett, the boy who plays Carl in Wingin' It. In every season of this show, they always bring something new, fresh, funny and unique from all other shows. Big thumbs up to this amazing show!"
- Jonathan, 11
   
  "I like Wingin' It because it shows me that you do not have to be cool to make friends. Just be who you really are!"
- Mathea, 8

ABOUT THE SHAW ROCKET FUND

The Shaw Rocket Fund is a forward-thinking, not-for-profit corporation that focuses on stimulating excellence in the Canadian children's production industry. We support Canadian children's programming, recognized worldwide for its creativity and commitment to quality. We are strong believers in the ability of quality programming to fuel the young, imaginative minds of our kids and enrich their lives through interaction with creative content on all platforms. To date the Shaw Rocket Fund has invested $120 million towards 488 television productions including digital content. Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay Per View Ltd., Shaw Direct, EastLink Cablesystems, and Delta Cable Communications Ltd.

For more information about the Prize, visit the Shaw Rocket Prize website at http://rocketprize.ca/. For information about the Shaw Rocket Fund, visit www.rocketfund.ca

Image with caption: "Winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize, Wingin' It (CNW Group/Shaw Rocket Prize)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111129_C2437_PHOTO_EN_7660.jpg

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