CFC Honours "Orphan Black" Creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett with Award for Creative Excellence

CFC Honours Orphan Black Creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett with Award for Creative Excellence

Award to be presented by writer and showrunner Hart Hanson and CFC founder Norman Jewison at CFC’s annual L.A. event

Toronto, March 17, 2015 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to present alumni Graeme Manson and John Fawcett with the 2015 Award for Creative Excellence for their originality, vision and exciting work on the award-winning, Space original series Orphan Black. This critically acclaimed ground-breaking conspiracy drama has captured audiences around the world and has been hailed as one of television's most compelling genre series, quickly becoming a cult-hit. Award-winning writer and showrunner Hart Hanson (Bones, Backstrom), along with renowned filmmaker and CFC founder Norman Jewison, will present John and Graeme with the CFC’s Award for Creative Excellence at a reception in Beverly Hills on March 26, 2015.

“We are truly honoured to present Graeme and John with the 2015 Award for Creative Excellence,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “They embody the mission of the CFC – to accelerate the development of exciting talent and projects, to push the creative envelope andto enrich the global entertainment landscape. We are so proud of the remarkable work and talent that has come out of the CFC; John, Graeme and Orphan Black are perfect examples of that world-class talent and content.”

The genesis of Orphan Black was developed through the CFC’s Bell Media Prime Time TV Program in 2008 when Graeme was the Showrunner-in-Residence. He and John collaborated with that year’s eight TV writers to help bring their idea to life. After Temple Street Productions optioned the project and brought Space and BBC America on board, the show became must-see television. Orphan Black premiered on Space and BBC America to rave reviews in 2013, with season three set to premiere on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on Space in Canada. The series has garnered numerous awards and nominations, including a Peabody Award and 20 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Writing.

Graeme Manson is an award-winning television and feature film writer. He is the co-creator, executive producer and showrunner of Orphan Black. He has written and produced on Flashpoint, The Bridge, Being Erica and Endgame. Mason was writer/showrunner on the comedy Rent-a-Goalie, which earned him a 2007 Gemini Awards nomination for Best Comedy Program or Series. Some of his other career highlights include writing on The 11th Hour and Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy, for which he received a Writer’s Guild of Canada Top Ten Nomination for his episode titled, “Wild Horses”. Manson co-wrote the cult Kafkaesque sci-fi thriller, Cube, directed by Vincenzo Natali, which received numerous awards, including Best First Canadian Feature at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize World Sci-Fi and Fantasy at the Festival Mexico City and Best Screenplay and Best Film at Sitges Film Festival in Spain. His first feature, Rupert’s Land, the road comedy/drama, received numerous Leo Awards, including Best Feature Film, as well as five Genie Award nominations, including Best Feature Film. Manson also co-wrote Crazy Canucks as well as Lucky Girl with John Frizzell for CTV. Lucky Girl received numerous Gemini Award Nominations, including Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series and Best Television Movie.

John Fawcett is a Peabody Award-winning alumnus of the CFC and has since created an impressive body of work as a producer, director and writer in both feature films and television. Fawcett is the co-creator, executive producer and director of Orphan Black. He has received multiple Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominations for his television directing work and won Best Director for an episode of Da Vinci’s Inquest and Orphan Black. Directing various projects in different countries around the world, his four-hour miniseries Bon Voyage won the Nymph Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. Fawcett has also directed the pilots and produced the TV series The Border and The Bridge. Some of Fawcett’s current directing work can be viewed on Saving Hope and Rookie Blue. Fawcett’s feature film, Ginger Snaps, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and he produced two additional sequels for his successful horror franchise for Lionsgate International. His other feature film credits include The Boys Club and The Dark.

Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett and produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally, reaching more than 170 countries.

The CFC hosts an event in L.A. every year to celebrate exceptional screen-based talent, its international partners and cross border opportunities. The 2015 event will be co-hosted by Roma Khanna, President of Television Group and Digital Initiatives, MGM Studios Inc. and CFC Board Member; Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC; and award-winning filmmaker and CFC Founder, Norman Jewison, and will be held at the Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills. The event will round off a week of activity in L.A., including the L.A. module of the sixth year of the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, in collaboration with Just For Laughs, where producers and their creative teams meet with a lineup of leading comedy and industry professionals to expand the creative and marketplace opportunities for their feature comedy scripts. In addition, the composer and songwriter residents of the 2014 Slaight Music Residency are set to spend the week in L.A. to meet with international mentors, creative advisors and industry professionals in the music, film and TV industries. These high-level CFC marketplace initiatives further strengthen Canada's place in the global entertainment marketplace. CFC is committed to creating opportunities, unique collaborations and connections for Canada's talent that extend beyond Canada’s borders.

Social media links:

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Twitter: @cfccreates
Facebook: Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
Instagram: cfccreates
Orphan Black: @OrphanBlack
Graeme Manson: @GraemeManson1
John Fawcett: @JohnFawcett75
Space: @SpaceChannel

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