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CTV, Gulf War doc nab Geminis

Private web CTV’s flagship nightly newscast and an independently produced docudrama on the Gulf War were the top winners at the opening gala of the 1994 Gemini Awards, Canada’s English-language TV awards.

The ceremony, held Thursday night in Toronto, was mainly devoted to technical and craft categories, with the other major Gemini trophies to be handed out Saturday and Sunday.

The Sunday-night Broadcast Gala will be televised live on CBC-TV.

Screenlife Inc.’s “Acts of War,” a three-part miniseries on the Gulf conflict , took home three awards, including for documentary series and documentary-picture editing. Screenlife prexy Michael Maclear won for writing in a docu program.

“CTV News” nabbed three trophies, for news photography (Gord Danielson), reportage (Craig Oliver) and overall-broadcast journalist (Craig Oliver).

Rival “Prime Time News,” the CBC news show that led the nominations race with 10 nods, only picked up one award on the first night of the Gemini marathon, winning the information segment for “The Somalia Affair.”

Controversial Tele-Action/National Film Board miniseries “The Boys of St. Vincent,””The 1993 Juno Awards,” and Atlantis Films/Credo Group’s telepic “The Diviners” each picked up two Gemini Awards.

CityTV won trophies for local news program (CityPulse) and lifestyle information series (MediaTelevision).

Other winners included:

Sound in an information/docu program: Sebastian Salm, “Visions of Carmanah.”

Pic editing in a comedy, variety, performing arts program: Greg White, “True North Concert ’93.”

Photography in an information/documentary program: Mike Nolan, “W5.”

Production design: Perri Gorrara and Anne Christensen, “I’ll Never Get to Heaven.”

Special-events coverage”The Canadian Open.”

Direction in an information/docu series: John Zaritsky, “An Appointment with Death.”

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