Workin’ Moms, Faith Heist lead DGC Award’s TV nominees

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Kim's Convenience and TV movie I Was Lorena Bobbitt also picked up multiple nominations for the 20th Annual DGC Awards, with winners to be announced in the fall.

CBC comedy Workin’ Moms and TV film Faith Heist lead Canadian nominations for the 20th Annual DGC Awards in the TV series, MOW and mini-series categories.

Workin’ Moms (Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment; pictured) earned four nods, including Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for Aleysa Young, as well as nominations for production design, picture editing and sound editing in the comedy and family categories.

U.S. network Bounce TV’s Faith Heist (No Equal Entertainment) also picked up four nominations, with J.B. Sugar up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series. The film is also nominated in the production design, picture editing and sound editing categories for TV movies and mini-series.

Both Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment) and I Was Lorena Bobbitt (Cineflix Productions) earned three nominations each. Kim’s Convenience directors Sherren Lee and Justin Wu each picked up a nod for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series and the series also earned a nomination for picture editing in comedy and family. Danishka Esterhazy was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for I Was Lorena Bobbitt, with the TV movie also up for production design and picture editing.

Rounding out the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series was a joint nod for Vivieno Caldinelli and Joyce Wong for their work on CBC’s Baroness von Sketch Show.

The directors nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series under Canadian titles include Adrienne Mitchell for CBC’s Coroner (Muse Entertainment/Back Alley Films/Cineflix Studios) Danielle Sturk for Crave original Edgar (Manito Média/Zone 3) and Berkley Brady for APTN’s The Secret History of The Wild West. Directors who earned nominations for their work on non-Canadian titles include Clement Virgo (Grand Army), Tim Southam (American Gods) and Anne Wheeler (Firefly Lane). Coroner also earned a nod for picture editing.

Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Family Series were Melanie Orr for Hulu and YTV’s The Hardy Boys (Nelvana, Lambur Productions), Chris Potter for CBC’s Heartland (SEVEN24 Films, Dynamo Films) and Anthony Q. Farrell for BYUtv’s The Parker Andersons (marblemedia), as well as Lisa Soper for Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Hardy Boys also picked up a nomination for picture editing.

Joining Esterhazy and Sugar in the nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series are Anne de Léan for Within These Walls (Incendo), Pat Mills for The Christmas Setup (Neshama) and Jennifer Liao for A Sugar and Spice Holiday (Lighthouse Pictures/Shopgirl Productions). Within These Walls was also nominated for production design, while The Christmas Setup earned a nod for picture editing.

Both Global’s Private Eyes (Piller/Segan/eOne) and Dino Dana: The Movie (Sinking Ship Entertainment) earned two nods apiece, with Private Eyes up for production design and sound editing in the comedy and family category, and Dino Dana: The Movie up for picture editing and sound editing in the TV movie and mini-series category.

Rounding out the Canadian titles to pick up a nomination is CBC’s Pretty Hard Cases (Cameron Pictures) for Best Picture Editing – Dramatic Series; CBC Gem and Paramount+’s For Heaven’s Sake (Muse Entertainment) for Best Picture Editing – Comedy or Family Series; Departure (Shaftesbury/Greenpoint Productions), Trickster (Sienna Films) and Hudson & Rex (Shaftesbury/Pope Productions) for Best Sound Editing – Dramatic Series); and Dino Dana and Odd Squad: Mobile Unit (Sinking Ship) for Best Sound Editing – Comedy or Family Series.

The winners will be announced in the fall, with the venue and date set to be announced in the coming weeks. The nominees for the feature film, documentary and short film categories will be announced in September, as well as the longlist for the Discovery Award, which honours an emerging director. Last year’s winner was Beans director Tracey Deer.

“These nominees represent the depth and range of voices in Canadian television from homegrown success stories to acclaimed international hits,” said DGC president Warren P. Sonoda in a statement. “This exceptional work has earned Canadian creatives recognition around the globe and it is a privilege to celebrate these talented filmmakers and crews.”