In brief: Big-spending Suits, Canadians up for MPSE awards

A survey assesses Suits' economic impact on Ontario, and the Motion Picture Sound Editors awards announces multiple nominations for Canadian sound editors.

SuitsCreative Emmys splits
The Television Academy has voted in favour of splitting the Creative Arts Emmys into two separate awards shows. The new format will see the prize-giving (which traditionally includes around 60 awards) spread across two consecutive nights, with this year’s ceremonies taking place at L.A. Live’s Microsoft Theater.

Cookbooks are a winner with Gusto
Gusto TV has been named as the Canadian winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for its One World Kitchen cookbook. The cookbook, which accompanies the global culinary series, has also qualified for the Gourmand Best in the World competition, which takes place in May in Yantai, China. Gusto is no stranger to winning overseas prizes for One World Kitchen, picking up the international “Gold Panda” prize for Most Innovative Lifestyle Show at the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu, China in November 2015.

Big-spending Suits positively impacting Ontario
USA Network series Suits has supported 2300 jobs in Ontario and resulted in $102.8 million in production spending in the province during its five-season run, according to an economic impact study from Canada’s MNP LLP. The production of season five alone resulted in $25.74 million in spending on a range of costs including crew, rentals, hotels, cleaners, production facilities and storage companies. The Toronto-shot series is produced by Universal Cable Productions, and is created and executive produced by Aaron Korsh. Suits airs on USA Network in the U.S. and on Bravo in Canada.

Canadian productions nominated for MPSE prizes
Several Canadian productions are up for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards, including Vikings and Book of Negroes. Jane Tattersall received two nominations for her work on Vikings, in the categories of Best Sound Editing in Television – Short Form: Dialogue and ADR, and Sound Effects & Foley. David Rose also received a nomination in the TV-focused Short Form: Dialogue and ADR category for his work on The Book of Negroes. The CBC miniseries was also nominated in the Best Sound Editing in Television – Long Form: Music category for Joe Mancuso’s work. Michael J. Benavente received a nod in the Best Sound Editing in Television – Long Form: Dialogue & ADR and Sound Effects & Foley categories. Canadian sound editor John Laing also received two nominations in the aforementioned categories for his work on Texas Rising Night 4.

ACTRA members send a message
ACTRA Toronto has teamed up with DentsuBos and 360i Canada on an ad campaign meant to show the advertising industry that its actors are the best in the business. See the ad and read more about the campaign here.