George Anthony, Jeffery Elliot to receive special CSAs

Writer and producer George Anthony and GlassBOX Television founder and CEO Jeffery Elliot are among the winners of various special awards that will be presented at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.

The Academy Special Awards recognize individuals who have been “at the vanguard of our Canadian industry,” Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television chair Martin Katz said in a statement. The awards will be presented during the 2015 Canadian Screen Week, which takes place from Feb. 23 to March 1.

Anthony, former head of arts, music, science and variety programming at the CBC and Playback Hall of Fame inductee, will receive the Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute, while Elliot will be honoured with the Digital Media Trailblazing award.

Actor-director Paul Gross will receive the Earle Grey Award, TSN’s Off The Record host Michael Landsberg will be presented with the Humanitarian Award. Screenwriter Tassie Cameron will receive the Margaret Collier Award, and documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock will be honoured with the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.

The honor is the latest in a string of accolades for Bienstock. Her most recent film, Tales from the Organ Trade, which delves into the world of black market organ trafficking, was nominated for the Grierson Trust’s 2014 British Documentary Awards and won an Edward R. Murrow Award earlier this year.

The film has also received two Emmy nominations and won the Norman Bethune Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting. Bienstock’s previous films include Sex Slaves and Ebola: Inside An Outbreak.

with files from Kevin Richie / Realscreen