CSAs ’18: Mayday, RISE, Wild Canadian Year nab non-fiction prizes

The opening gala of Canadian Screen Week also saw big wins for Property Brothers and Science Max.
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The first of four Canadian Screen Week galas got underway Tuesday night, with big wins for CBC’s The Wild Canadian Year, Bell Media’s Mayday, Viceland’s RISE and Corus Entertainment’s Property Brothers.

All told, Bell Media won 19 awards to CBC’s 18. Corus meanwhile picked up five of the night’s prizes, Rogers (and Viceland) four, TVO two and APTN one.

Discovery Channel’s Mayday (Cineflix) won the prize for best factual series, while CBC’s Wild Canadian Year (River Road Films) took home the Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program, RISE (Vice Studio Canada) won Best Documentary Program and HGTV’s Property Brothers (Cineflix) won the Best Lifestyle Program award.

As well, HBO Canada’s Rush: Time Stand Still (Fadoo Productions) was named Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program, with CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki: Lost Secrets of the Pyramid (Alibi Entertainment) nabbing the Best History Documentary Program award.

Meanwhile, TVO’s Science Max: Experiments at Large (Breakthrough Entertainment) won the prize for Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction program, Viceland’s Terror won Best News or Information program and CBC’s P.K. Subban: Shots Fired (Juste Pour Rire TV) won Best Variety or Entertainment special.

In the writing categories, CBC’s Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic (Dam Builder Productions) won the best writing in a doc prize and another CBC project, Still Standing episode “Fort McMurray” (Frantic Films), won the prize for best writing in a factual project.

Also on the writing front, CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada (Insight Productions) claimed the prize for best writing in a lifestyle or reality/competition series. The award was one of eight on the night for Toronto’s Insight Productions, which won prizes across four of its series – Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast and the Juno Awards 2017, which won Best Live Entertainment Special.

Elsewhere, directing prizes went to Trish Dolman (Canada in a Day), Rebecca Snow (Real Vikings), Rob Brunner (The Amazing Race Canada) and David Russell (Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast).