Banff to honor TV trio

Canuck fest to honor Gervais, McCormack and Shatner

Ricky Gervais, William Shatner and Eric McCormack are set to receive prizes at the Banff World Television Festival on Tuesday evening.

Brit Gervais will nab the Peter Ustinov comedy award, previously given to John Cleese, Bob Newhart and Kelsey Grammer. Montreal-born Shatner is to be presented with the lifetime achievement award while Canadian-born McCormack will receive the NBC Universal Canada award of distinction for his career in broadcasting at an awards ceremony.

The fest has also doled out a slew of awards for fiction and non-fiction programming.

Several high-profile U.S. shows took home hardware at the Rockie Awards for fiction on Sunday; international producers were in the spotlight at the non-fiction awards on Monday.

The trophy for lifestyle and information program went to “Pitchin’ In: Shrimp,” from Canuck company Frantic Films for Canada’s Food Network.

U.K.-based Love Prods.’ “Famous Rich and Homeless,” which aired on the BBC, took home the Rockie for reality format.

In the Francophone category in the non-fiction awards, Quebec company RPM’s “Les Vrais gagnants,” which was broadcast on Radio-Canada (the French-language CBC Network), won for documentary.

The Rockie for art and performing arts program went to HBO’s “In a Dream,” produced by Herzliya Films and Red Light Films.

“Iran and the West,” a BBC Current Affairs production, won for political documentary, while PBS show “The Music Instinct: Science and Song,” a Thirteen production, won in the category of popular science and technology programs.

In the fiction categories, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” a Table Read-HBO Entertainment production, took the comedy prize, while Glassbox production “Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra,” which aired on BBC, prevailed in the music and variety program category.

“In Treatment,” produced by Closest to the Hole and Sheleg, won for continuing series in the drama section, with “London River,” a 3B production for Arte France, taking for made-for-TV movie.

“Flesh and Bones,” on VRT in Belgium, was victorious for mini-series and “Where Is Elisa?” from TVN in Chile, won for soap opera. The prize for telenovela went to “Cats Cradle” from Brazil’s TV Globo.

Reality TV producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance?”) was given the CTV award of excellence at the Alberta Film Awards on Monday.

At the same ceremony, Canada’s Temple Street Prods. received the Lionsgate/Maple Pictures innovative producer award. Temple Street’s shows include CBC dramedy “Being Erica” and CTV series “Canada’s Next Top Model.”

Panavision was the recipient of the Deluxe outstanding technical achievement award.

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