Kids' jury selects comedy adventure as Canada's top children's TV
OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - An adventure comedy television show about
a teenaged vampire who also happens to be a babysitter has taken a bite
out of the competition, earning the most votes by children across the
country to win the 2012 Shaw Rocket Prize as Canada's favourite kids'
Toronto-based production and development company Fresh TV was presented
the $50,000 prize at a gala tonight for My Babysitter's A Vampire after receiving the most votes of five finalists.
A half-hour live-action show that goes heavy on humour and special
effects, My Babysitter's A Vampire airs on Teletoon/Télétoon in Canada, as well as 26 other countries
around the world.
Based on a previous full-length motion picture by the same name and in
its second season on TV, the Canadian-made show follows the heroics of
a group of three geeky, sci-fi loving friends, Ethan, Benny & Rory, and
their vampire babysitter, Sarah, and her friend Erica as they defend
their town against an avalanche of scary supernatural phenomena.
"Fresh TV is incredibly proud to be the winner of this year's Shaw
Rocket Prize. We're especially psyched because Canadian kids chose us
themselves." said Brian Irving, Executive Producer.
The 8th annual Shaw Rocket Prize honoured the best independently produced
Canadian children's, youth or family programs, as well as accompanying
websites, games and other online content. In addition to My Babysitter's a Vampire, the other four 2012 Shaw Rocket Prize finalists included: Justin Time by Guru Animation, Là est La Question! By Productions La Fête Inc., Stella and Sam by Radical Sheep Productions, and That's So Weird by DHX Media.
The awards gala was hosted by well-known and respected Global Television
News personalities Susan Hay and Tom Clark. Minister of Human Resources
and Skills Development Diane Finley presented the prize to the winning
"Canada produces some of the best programming for children and families
in the world, so it's very important that we celebrate our success
through initiatives such as the Shaw Rocket Prize," Minister Finley
said. "We would like to congratulate all of the finalists for their
commitment to providing us such fantastic stories that we can share
Shaw Communications Vice President, Julie Shaw, noted the exceptional
quality of this year's finalist shows and commended them for producing
exceptional, quality programming for children across Canada and around
"At Shaw, we believe that quality and interactive family programming has
a positive influence on our children by helping promote learning,
imagination and creativity," Ms. Shaw said. "The Shaw Rocket Fund has
done an outstanding job in supporting Shaw's objective of building a
solid and respected Canadian television industry for years to come."
HOW THE WINNER WAS SELECTED:
An international jury of industry experts selected five finalists for
the 2012 Shaw Rocket Prize. The international jury was comprised of
Andrew Beecham, Senior Vice President Programming, Sprout, Julien
Borde, General Secretary of Programmes, France 3, Jules Borkent, Senior
Vice President Global Acquisitions and International Programming,
Nickelodeon, VIMN, Layla Lewis, Director Programming Acquisitions and
Development, Turner International Asia Pacific Limited, and Larry
Schwarz, CEO, Larry Schwarz and His Band.
"My Babysitter's a Vampire is funny, smart, relevant and highly entertaining. A quality production
that offers the audience equal doses of comedy, drama, tension, great
characters and just a touch of gore!" said Layla Lewis, Turner.
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:
This show is the best!!! I have seen ALL of the episodes and it is
well-written, has good acting, is funny, and the theme is grabbing. A+!
This show is my winner!
I really like Vampire shows and this one is really great. I like
characters like Sarah and Erica. The acting is good and the idea around
the show is really good. I think this could be one of my new favorite
shows. I really think it deserves to win. It rocks!!
Emily, Nova Scotia
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 $135 million towards 560 television
productions including digital content. Contributors to the Fund are
Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay Per View Ltd., and Shaw Direct.
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
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