Barry Avrich to produce 2016 CSA gala

Avrich recently wrote and directed a Canadian Screen Week interview special, Women Who Act with Patricia Rozema, which aired on The Movie Network and Movie Central.

barry avrich resizedBarry Avrich (pictured, left) and Toronto-based production company Frank Content will produce the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced Tuesday.

Avrich and his production company were selected to produce the live gala following a search conducted by CBC and the board of the Academy. The 2015 Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala were produced by major sports events veterans Dan Cimoroni and Rick Chisholm.

“We tender the show every year and decided to go with Frank Content this year because their proposal suited our needs perfectly,” Academy CEO Helga Stephenson told Playback Daily.

Avrich is known for the Stratford HD cinema event series he has produced with FRANK Content, including The Tempest, King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra. Avrich also recently wrote and directed Women Who Act with Patricia Rozema, a Canadian Screen Week interview special which aired on The Movie Network and Movie Central and was produced in association with the Academy.

Avrich’s other documentary producer credits include Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story, Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky and An Unlikely Obsession. He also served as a producer on the 2007 Bowfire concert special for PBS.

The 2015 broadcast of the CSAs attracted an average audience of 543,000 viewers (overnight, 2+) on CBC.  The ratings were a slightly increase of 2014′s overnights of 534,000 viewers, but still was a drop from the Screenies inaugural year which pulled in an audience of 789,000.

The 2016 CSA broadcast gala will air on the CBC on Sunday, March 13.

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