Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Selects Regina, Saskatchewan as Host City for the 2007 Gemini Awards



    CBC Television and Global Television Join Forces to Broadcast Awards

    REGINA, June 8 /CNW/ - The Gemini Awards "road trip" continues with
today's announcement by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the
Province of Saskatchewan that Regina has been selected to host the 2007 awards
ceremony on October 28, 2007. The announcement was made today at a Regina
media conference with Academy Chair and Acting CEO Paul Gratton, Premier Lorne
Calvert and Regina Mayor, Pat Fiacco. The Academy is expecting to repeat the
huge success of last year's event held in Vancouver, the first time The Gemini
Awards were held outside of Toronto.
    In another first, CBC Television and Global Television have agreed to
join forces to broadcast The Awards. Global will kick off the evening with its
signature red carpet pre-show in a special live broadcast of ET Canada At The
Geminis and will be immediately followed by a live broadcast of the 2007
Gemini Awards on the full CBC Television Network.
    "The timing is perfect to hold The Gemini Awards in Regina this year,"
said Gratton. "Saskatchewan's television industry is firing on all cylinders
and continues to attract major productions. You couldn't ask for a better
backdrop for an event that celebrates the best and brightest of Canada's
television industry."
    "Saskatchewan is known throughout the production industry as a great
place for film and television," said Premier Lorne Calvert. "Our competitive
tax credit, our abundance of natural beauty and our state-of-the-art
production facilities have brought us centre stage. It is our pleasure to
welcome the Gemini Awards in 2007."
    Regina's Mayor Fiacco couldn't agree more. "Our citizens have
demonstrated this city's ability to host high-calibre events such as the Grey
Cup, the Jeux du Canada Summer Games and the Rolling Stones concert. Now as we
get set to host the 2007 Gemini Awards, Reginans will roll out the welcome mat
and put on an event to be remembered."
    "We're thrilled to be bringing back the Geminis to the CBC, and to hold
it in Regina where the top 2 shows in Canada are produced, is fabulous," said
Kirstine Layfield, the CBC's Executive Director of Network Programming. "When
Canadians tune in to the Geminis this fall on CBC they will be treated to an
event unlike any year before."
    The enthusiasm is no less palpable at Global Television, which returns
for its third year as a broadcast partner for the Gemini Awards. "We're
delighted once again to be supporting the Academy, and this year, to be
partnering with the CBC to showcase Canada's achievements in television," said
Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for
CanWest MediaWorks. "As the broadcaster of the official Gemini Awards red
carpet pre-show for the third consecutive year, Global Television is set to
welcome our homegrown talent and bring yet another exciting industry
celebration to our viewers."
    The 22nd Annual Gemini Awards will be held at the Conexus Arts Centre in
Regina, Saskatchewan.

    About the ACCT:
    The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit,
professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and
celebration of exceptional achievements in the Canadian film and television
industries. Created in 1979, and today unifying over 4,000 industry
professionals across Canada, the Academy has become a vital and integral force
in the industry.

    About CBC Television:
    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it. Through
this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and
cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and
eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its international Radio
service, Radio Canada International, and in eight languages on its Web-based
Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to
Canada.

    About Global Television:
    Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp, (CanWest) (NYSE:   CWG; TSX:
CGS and CGS.A, www.canwestglobal.com). CanWest, an international media
company, is Canada's largest media company. In addition to owning the Global
Television network, CanWest is Canada's largest publisher of daily newspapers,
and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional
television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, Web sites and
radio networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television, Chris McDowall, (416) 628-5648, cmcdowall@hccink.com,
www.holmescreativecommunications.com; Global Television, Adrienne Kakoullis,
(416) 446-5565, akakoullis@globaltv.com; CBC Television, Laurie DeMille, (416)
205-7902, laurie_demille@cbc.ca

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