Monte Carlo Fest stacked with CanCon

Call me Fitz

The nominations have been announced for the 51st annual Monte Carlo Television Festival, and Canadians have landed several prime positions.

In the Mini-Series category, 11 selections were made including Muse Entertainment’s The Kennedys. Also receiving the nod was The Pillars of the Earth, a series funded by Canadian, German and British financiers and co-produced by Muse.

Tom Wilkinson was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Mini Series for his work in The Kennedys, vying against Ian Mcshane (Pillars) and five others.

CBC News is up for The National’s Disaster In Japan – Nothing Left Behind in the TV News Item category, one of 12 items nominated in the field. The CBC is recognized for its G20 coverage for G20 Toronto: Protest & Riot Coverage, one of six nominees in the 24-hour News Program category.

Durham County is looking to make noise in the International Producer Category for Drama series, with Janis Lundman, Adrienne Mitchell, Michael Prupas and Laurie Finstad Knizhnik named to the roll. But Rookie Blue will be a serious challenger. Ilana Frank, Tassie Cameron and David Wellington are named for their work on the series. It’s a stacked field, however, with name series such as Mad Men and Lost also nominated.

Hugh Dillon and Michael Nardone (Durham County) as well as Gregory Smith and Travis Milne (Rookie Blue) will compete for the top actor accolades in the category. Hélène Joy and Laurence Laboeuf as well as Playback 10 To Watch actors Missy Peregrym and Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue) will represent for the women.

In the International Producer category for Comedy series, Call Me Fitz is named as one of 10 in the field (namely Michael Souther, Teza Lawrence and Sheri Elwood). Jason Priestley (pictured) and Ernie Grunwald are up for Best Actor in comedy, while Kathleen Munroe and Brooke Nevin are up for Best Actress in comedy.