In Brief: Odd Squad scores five Emmys

CMPA has promoted Liz Shorten to an SVP role and the Canadian Cinema Editors will honour Mairin Wilkinson.
Odd Squad

Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Odd Squad took home five Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on April 28. The series, which is co-produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment, was nominated for a whopping 27 Emmys at this year’s ceremony. The series ultimately garnered trophies for outstanding writing special class (head writer Tim McKeon, writers Mark DeAngelis, Adam Peltzman for Odd Squad: The Movie), outstanding costume design/styling (Christine Toye) and outstanding performer in a children’s program (Isaac Kragten as Otis), to name a few. Odd Squad airs on PBS Kids in the U.S. and on TVOKids and Radio-Canada in Canada. Netflix’s Beatles-inspired children’s series Beat Bugs, which is coproduced by Vancouver’s Thunderbird, also picked up an award. The series won outstanding writing in a preschool animated program (writers Joshua Mapleston, Cleon Prineas, Josh Wakely). 

CMPA ups Liz Shorten 

The Canadian Media Producers Association has promoted Liz Shorten to the position of SVP of operations and member services, BC Producers Branch. Shorten joined the CMPA in 2009 as managing VP of operations and member services. In addition to her role at the CMPA-BC, Shorten is a board member of the Vancouver International Film Festival and a committee member at the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC. She also sits on the board of directors of Reel Canada and is president of Women in View. Prior to joining the CMPA, Shorten held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation, British Columbia Film and CBC Television.

CCE honours Mairin Wilkinson

At the Canadian Cinema Editors Awards on June 1, Mairin ‘Mo’ Wilkinson will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Wilkinson began her career editing TV movies such as 1981′s Clown White and 1983′s Copper Mountain.  Wilkinson then edited CBC’s beloved 1985 mini-series Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables – The Sequel starring Megan Follows. Her credits also include seven seasons of Road to Avonlea and six seasons of Wind at My Back, among many others. She has also taught at her alma mater, York University, in the department of film and video.