Geminis announce special award winners

A record multiplatform audience for the recent 2010 Olympic Games will earn CTV digital chief Alon Marcovici the outstanding technical achievement award at the upcoming Geminis Awards.
Alon Marcovici

A record multiplatform audience for the recent 2010 Olympic Games will earn CTV digital chief Alon Marcovici the outstanding technical achievement award at the upcoming Geminis Awards.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, in announcing its special awards in Toronto Tuesday night, recognized Marcovici, vice president of digital media at CTV, for the Olympic sports video stream player he and his digital team pulled off in Vancouver and Whistler last year.

“In 2008, we boldly said we can be a change agent for media consumption, we can provide a watershed moment for amateur sport, and even bolder unite the nation,” Marcovici told Playback Daily.

“It’s satisfying to be recognized for being able to check off all those change agents,” he added after the CTV digital media team produced an HD-quality live streaming player that allowed Canadians to pause, replay and rewind live Olympics broadcasts.

Other special award winners included Degrassi franchise creator Linda Schuyler earning the Academy’s achievement award.

“I love my job. For 30 years, I’ve had a very rewarding job. To be rewarded like this, it’s like the icing on the cake,” the Epitome Pictures topper told Playback Daily of the Geminis tribute.

The Academy will also give the Canada Award to Reel Injun co-producers Rezolution Pictures and the NFB; and Joy Coghill, co-founder of the Performing Arts Lodge in Vancouver will receive the humanitarian award.

Veteran screenwriter Donald Martin is to receive the Margaret Collier Award, for his body of work in Canadian TV that includes the Helen Shaver-starring TV movie No Blame.