Canadian Screen Awards gala to shine light on AfterMeToo

Canadian Screen Awards gala to shine light on AfterMeToo
From CBC - March 11, 2018

The Canadian Screen Awards Sunday night are set to celebrate the best in Canadian film and TV, but also give airtime to Canada'sAfterMeToomovement, which is working to address sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

The stars of Canadian TV and film wo not all be wearing black, as at the Golden Globes gala, but there will be plenty of reflection on how the industry must change in light of revelations of harassment on Canadian sets that arose as part of the #MeToo movement.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television plans to distribute AfterMeToo pins on the red carpet for Sunday's gala, which honours the best in homegrown film and TV.

The academy has also donated a 20-second commercial to AfterMeToo.

"I hope that raises awareness of the fact that this is not just a U.S. industry issue, it does happen here, we need to keep talking about it and we need to be finding our own solutions to it," said Beth Janson, the academy CEO.

"I appreciate the dress codes very much but I think that can also have the effect of sort of checking it off your to-do list, like, 'Yep, I am done, I wore black, I really supported my people and now let's stop talking about it,"' she added.

Jonny Harris of Murdoch Mysteries and Still Standing, and Emma Hunter of The Beaverton and Mr. D will co-host the show, which will air from Toronto's Sony Centre of Performing Arts on CBC.

The show will present awards for the best TV drama and comedy series and the best talent in those genres.

It also will highlight the diverse talent in Canada's film industry.

Special awards to Atwood, Mansbridge

Golden Screen winners


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