The Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards are back for 2022 and will open to submissions on Monday, Sept. 26.
We want your station’s best radio from the past year from on-air talent to imaging and commercial production, engineering and station promotions. Entries must have been published by or aired on Canadian radio between Nov. 1, 2021 and Oct. 14, 2022.
Learn more about this year’s categories and criteria here. And listen to the winning entries from past years at CanadianRadioAwards.com.
Nominations close on Monday, Oct 14 at 11:59 p.m. PT, with the winners to be announced Thursday, Nov. 10. We’ll be announcing our jury of industry pros shortly.
Many thanks to this year’s sponsors and supporters. Interested in sponsoring a Canadian Radio Award category? Reach out to email@example.com
Jennifer Morrison, longtime Executive Producer of ETALK, is moving into the role of Senior Manager at Orbyt Media, the Bell Media-owned content syndication group. Morrison has been with Bell for the past 16 years, starting as a senior producer on the entertainment news program. In her new role, she’ll oversee the day-to-day operations of Orbyt Media, working closely with content creators, international vendors, and other stakeholders. Her appointment is effective Oct. 10. Jason Bailey also joins Orbyt on a consultancy basis as Network Strategist and Consultant. Bailey has experience in both FM radio and the content syndication business as the former owner and president of Sun Broadcast Group. He’s also the developer and CEO of ARC broadcast sales and automation software. Read more here.
Beverley Shenken has been promoted to Chief Content Officer (CCO), ZoomerMedia Television Division. A 32-year television industry veteran, Shenken now adds affiliate relations to her ongoing programming, scheduling, independent production, and regulatory responsibilities. Shenken is now the chief liaison between ZoomerMedia and Canada’s broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) and will lead negotiations for multi-year agreements for carriage and distribution for ZoomerMedia’s TV properties, including VisionTV, ONETV, JoyTV in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey and the Fraser Valley, and FAITHTV in Winnipeg.
Robyn Burns has stepped away as the host of All Points West, CBC Radio One’s Victoria and Vancouver Island current affairs show. Burns, who had been in the host’s chair since 2015, is relocating to Yellowknife with her family. Listen to her final show here.
Mark D & Alice G have been introduced as the new morning show on 104.9 Virgin Radio (CFMG-FM) Edmonton. The station had previously been airing syndicated American morning show Brooke & Jeffrey in the morning time slot since August 2020.
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— New Country 100.7 (@Country1007) September 20, 2022
Dana Thompson and Marissa Lyons have announced their respective departures from The Casey Clarke Show, Stingray’s regional morning show in the B.C. Interior. Thompson is headed to Vancouver, while Lyons is making a move to Calgary. The morning team has been together since June 2019.
Abigail Turner is leaving Global Winnipeg after four years there as a video journalist and morning show reporter. She’ll be joining CTV Vancouver as a reporter.
Olivia Bowden has joined CTV National News as a writer and producer. Bowden has been a reporter with the Toronto Star for the past year following brief stints as an online reporter for CBC and Global.
Sarah Ashley-Hewitson, Director, Interactive, at Harvard Media, is leaving the company to pursue an opportunity outside of radio. Her last day is Oct. 24. Ashley-Hewitson had been in her current role since July 2021, overseeing the station websites, apps, streaming, podcasting, texting, and the smart speaker experience for Harvard radio stations. She has been with the company since 2015 when she started as Interactive Manager. Prior to that, she spent nearly 10 years working in Canadian film distribution for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, MGM, Maple Pictures, and Alliance Films.
Logan Stein is joining CityNews 660 (CFFR-AM) Calgary as the station’s new morning reporter. Stein was most recently with Rawlco Radio’s 980 CJME Regina and 650 CKOM Saskatoon.
Michelle Morton has left CityNews 680 (CFTR-AM) Toronto after two years to return to Vancouver. Prior to relocating to Toronto in 2020, Morton was a contributor to the Daily Hive in Vancouver and a news anchor and reporter at 980 CKNW Vancouver.
Damon Papadopoulos is the new Promotions Manager at JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM) Toronto. A longtime voice actor, Papadopoulos has previously held roles as a creative writer at Rogers, Corus Radio, and Bell Media where he was caught up in layoffs late last year.
Nelson Huynh has joined Thunderbird Entertainment Group as Director, Distribution Sales. Huynh will license Thunderbird’s animated and live-action kids series from Atomic Cartoons and primetime scripted series from Thunderbird to broadcasters, streamers and other media outlets with a focus on EMEA, Latin America and Asia. Huynh will be based in Toronto. He previously served as Associate Publisher at Kidscreen, where he oversaw sales and sponsorship activity for the brand. Prior to moving to Canada in 2014, he held various positions in media sales in his native Australia.
RADIO & PODCAST:
The Government of Canada officially commemorated the national historic significance of early commercial radio on Monday. The Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company ushered in the foundation for commercial radio in Canada in 1918. From its Montréal facility, the company experimented with wireless broadcasting, receiving a licence for experimental station XWA in December 1919, which would become CFCF. Early commercial radio’s national historic significance was marked with the unveiling of a plaque in Montreal. It will be installed on Williams Street in Old Montreal, near the site of the former Marconi plant. Largely driven by public nominations, the designation process falls under Parks Canada’s National Program of Historical Commemoration. Read more here.
Numeris has confirmed that this month’s set of Radio Topline Reports will be the final data set publicly released on its website, saying that the linear release is no longer “aligned” with its focus on cross-platform. Released every 13 weeks for each PPM measured market (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal), the reports reflected meter data rankings of radio stations by Average Minute Audience, Average Daily Cume, and Share. Numeris announced last month it would also be ceasing publication of TV Topline Reports, breaking down the top 30 programs in Canada and Franco Quebec. “With cross-platform as our priority, Numeris is no longer releasing OTA Radio and Linear TV Topline Data reports outside of its customers base, effective the 2022-23 Broadcast year as this topline data reflects linear only audiences, not aligned with our focus on cross-platform,” the agency told Broadcast Dialogue in an email. The reports will be replaced with insights “that will contribute to an increased understanding of Numeris data and cross-platform consumer behaviors.” Read more here.
The CRTC will hear an application on Nov. 18 for a new low-power Indigenous (Type B Native) radio station in Gesgapegiag, Que. Filed by Douglas Martin, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, the station would operate at 101.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. The applicant proposes to broadcast 126 hours of programming per broadcast week, of which 45 hours would be devoted to local programming. The applicant also proposes to broadcast approximately 50 hours of English-language programming, five hours of French-language programming and five hours in the Mi’kmaq language. The applicant indicates that, per broadcast week, approximately 60 hours would be devoted to spoken-word and 66 hours would be devoted to musical content, of which 6% of musical selections would be performed or composed by Indigenous creators.
UCB (United Christian Broadcasters) Media has announced they’ll be launching Regina’s first Christian radio station in May. CIUC-FM at 95.9 MHz will carry a Contemporary Christian Music format. In preparation for the launch event, UCB Media has mounted a #FORREGINA campaign to create content around what people from Regina love about their city. The Regina station will be UCB’s 12th as it continues its expansion across Canada.
Golden West Broadcasting celebrated CHAB 800’s 100th anniversary on Sept. 16 with a gathering of past and present personalities, dignitaries, listeners and other guests at the Moose Jaw Curling Centre. The station marked the 100th anniversary of its launch on April 23, 1922 as 10AB, operated by the area Kiwanis Club which broadcast from the local YMCA. CHAB officially signed on in 1933 with a commercial licence.
Randy Atkinson is being inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Currently the morning show co-host on The Rock 98.5 FM (CJJC-FM), Atkinson has been involved in play-by-play broadcasts locally, provincially, and nationally for 36 years, in addition to serving as master of ceremonies at numerous sporting events. Atkinson got his start in broadcasting with GX94 (CJGX-FM) in 1985 where he was offered the job of sports director a year later. He’s been with The Rock since 2014.
Acast says it’s unclear if layoffs impacting 15% of its workforce will touch Canada. The Sweden-headquartered podcast hosting, monetization and growth solutions provider says it’s currently undertaking a thorough review of the entire organization with affected employees to be notified later in September. The company announced last week that it’s working to reduce its cost base as it “improves the path to future profitable growth” after an intensive period of product development and investment. Acast recently announced a distribution and sales deal with Canadaland and also counts Apostrophe Podcasts and eOne as Canadian partners.
LISTEN: One of the challenges of radio sales in the digital era is validating the effectiveness of radio advertising with quantifiable data. Pattison Media has developed new game-changing tech platform, Validate, which it eyes as an industry-wide solution for radio, developed by radio people. Pattison is partnering with Momentum Media Marketing, the parent company of Broadcast Dialogue, to bring Validate to market. Rod Schween, President of Pattison Media, joins this special episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast to talk about why they developed Validate, how it works, and using data to make stations as successful as they can be.
LISTEN: Jay Nachlis of Coleman Insights is on the Sound Off Podcast. In this episode, you will hear about Jay’s early radio days working in Syracuse at campus radio station (WJPZ) and going back to San Francisco to look for work, only to return to Syracuse at WYYY and rise to PD at the age of 24. He and Matt Cundill also get into his time in Buffalo and Detroit, among other stories. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
TV & FILM:
The CRTC has set a hearing for Jan. 10 to hear the Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV) application for mandatory distribution as part of the digital basic service of BDUs across Canada. Uvagut TV launched in Jan. 2021, broadcasting primarily in Inuktitut. The commission will also hear Multicultural Francophone channel Natyf TV’s application for mandatory distribution in Quebec.
Stingray HITS has exceeded 210,000 subscribers for more than three consecutive months and has thus applied for a broadcasting licence to operate the national English-language discretionary service. Devoted to music television programming focusing on popular music videos from the last 20 years, the service has been operating since July 2021.
Paramount Global and Corus Entertainment have announced that Pluto TV, the FAST (free ad-supported streaming television) service, will debut in Canada on Dec. 1. With more than 100 curated channels and over 20,000 hours of content, audiences will be able to enjoy flagship Canadian series from Corus Studios including Love It or List It and Chopped Canada; key series from the popular NCIS franchise, Judge Judy and Hawaii Five-0, as well as curated movie channels programmed by genre, including Pluto TV Comedy, Pluto TV Drama, Pluto TV Action, The Asylum, Christmas 365 and Thriller 365. At launch, Corus will be the ad representative. Pluto TV will be available for free, with no registration required. Canadian users will be able to watch Pluto TV via pluto.tv, the Pluto TV app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Samsung and LG devices. Pluto TV currently has an audience of nearly 70 million monthly active users with its footprint extending across three continents and over 30 countries and territories. Read more here.
CHBC Kelowna (now Global Okanagan) celebrated 65 years on Sept. 21. Founded by the owners of local radio stations, CKOV-AM Kelowna, CKOK Penticton, and CJIB Vernon, CHBC first signed on Sept. 21, 1957. It originally operated as a CBC affiliate. The station remains on its original site in downtown Kelowna.
The 2023 Canadian Screen Awards are now open for nominations. The Canadian Academy’s Equity & Inclusion Fund helps remove financial barriers for underrepresented screen industry professionals to fully participate in the awards, providing financial assistance for submission fees. Learn more about rules and eligibility here.
The HUM Awards, Pakistan’s biggest television entertainment awards show, will be held at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton on Sept. 24. The gala event’s previous edition, held at the same venue in 2018, received an overwhelming response from Canada’s South Asian diasporas. The event is anticipated to attract the crème de la crème of Pakistan’s entertainment industry, along with local dignitaries.
Sportsnet returns for the 2022-23 NHL regular season delivering exclusive regional TV and streaming coverage of the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, plus the majority of the Toronto Maple Leafs schedule. Sportsnet will serve up national and regional coverage of all 82 Flames, Oilers and Canucks games this season, plus 56 national and regional Leafs broadcasts. New this season, fans will be able to livestream over 1,000 national and out-of-market games, and all Stanley Cup Playoffs matchups, as NHL LIVE moves exclusively to SN NOW PREMIUM.
Sportsnet is gearing up to deliver full-court action throughout the 2022-23 Toronto Raptors regular season. Beginning Oct. 19, Sportsnet will lay-up 41 national broadcasts on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and via live stream on SN NOW. In addition, Sportsnet 590 The FAN will air 41 radio broadcasts. From the booth, veteran play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin will deliver the call, alongside game analyst and former Raptors point guard Alvin Williams. Amy Audibert returns courtside, while Brad Fay is back to anchor pre-, post-, and half-time coverage alongside Sherman Hamilton and Danielle Michaud. In the Radio Booth, play-by-play announcer Eric Smith and analyst Paul Jones will helm live broadcasts on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, while Will Lou and Alex Wong talk all things Raptors on the “The Raptors Show.”
OneSoccer will show live and exclusive coverage in Canada of the three international friendly matches due to be played by Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team (CanMNT) in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Canadian men will take on Qatar this Friday, Sept. 23 in Vienna and will move on to Bratislava on Tuesday, Sept. 27 to play Uruguay. On Nov. 17 – just six days before their opening match against Belgium in the World Cup – the CanMNT will play Japan in Dubai. OneSoccer personalities Andi Petrillo and Oliver Platt will be onsite in both Austria and Slovakia to cover the matches for Canadian viewers, while former CanMNT players Scott Arfield and Patrice Bernier will provide analysis from the OneSoccer studios in Toronto. Play-by-play commentary will be offered in both English and French. OneSoccer says close to 2 million viewers tuned in to watch CanMNT clinch their World Cup qualification in March. Soccer is now the third most-watched sport on Canadian TV, just below hockey and nearly level with basketball, according to a recent study by The Insights Family.
Access Communications has partnered with the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Regina Pats to bring 18 Pats home games to AccessNow TV community channels. The first game is set to air Friday, Sept. 23, as the Pats take on the Moose Jaw Warriors. The AccessNow TV broadcasts will showcase all six of the WHL’s East Division teams, four of which are Saskatchewan-based clubs. The broadcasts will feature Ryan McNally, Michael Ball, and Daniella Ponticelli on play-by-play and colour commentary.
Global TV will air one-hour special Landlocked, Canada’s Energy Dilemma on Sept. 23, exploring how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked a global energy crisis and shining a spotlight on Canada’s energy future. Featured journalists include David Akin, Eric Sorenson, Anne Gaviola, Crystal Goomansingh, Neetu Garcha, and Heather Yourex-West.
Hollywood Suite will present a full day of programming from Indigenous creators in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30. Spotlighting the culture, history and perspectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, the programming will air on Hollywood Suite’s HS00 channel. The day will mark the broadcast premiere of feature-length documentary The Long Ride Home, telling the story of a courageous group of Indigenous riders who embark on a series of two-week-long horseback journeys across traditional territories to bring awareness to the realities of over-representation of Indigenous children in care and find a shared path forward. The full programming lineup also includes work from Indigenous creators, such as Jeremy Torrie thriller The Corruption of Divine Providence (2020); the box office success Indian Horse (2017); Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her (2018), starring Tantoo Cardinal; Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education (2020); Stephanie Joline’s Stream Me (2021); the romance Great Great Great (2017); Abandoned: Angelique’s Isle (2018); and the supernatural drama from Shirley Cheechoo, Bearwalker (2001).
National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is marking this year’s Truth and Reconciliation Week with interactive, virtual and in-person events hosted by the NFB Education team, in addition to a two-day free public event at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square presented by J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, the NFB’s Director of Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement, as well as new and updated works by legendary Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and Métis artist Tyler Hagan. The national program is open to schools across Canada. This year’s theme is “Remembering the Children.”
My So-Called Selfish Life, directed by Therese Shechter, will have its Canadian premiere on CBC’s The Documentary Channel on Sunday, Sept. 25. The film weaves together personal stories, pop culture, history and politics, showing the ways society reinforces the idea that motherhood is both duty and destiny, and the deeper cultural implications of this belief. The film is part of Documentary Channel programming until Sept. 2025. A live public screening with Shechter takes place in Toronto on Oct. 26.
TELUS is celebrating the tenth anniversary of maCommunauté, the local channel on Optik TV giving a voice to Rimouski, the Gaspé Peninsula, Saint-Georges, Sainte-Marie, Montmagny, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles and the surrounding communities. Since maCommunauté’s launch in 2012, $10 million has been invested in producing over 280 original shows locally by creators from different regions of eastern Quebec. To celebrate the anniversary, the maCommunauté team has released a video featuring some of the producers who contributed to the channel over the last decade. Among the new shows set to debut this fall are Les yeux de mon camion, exploring the Gaspé Peninsula alongside heavy equipment operators; 1001 visages, highlighting unique and colourful people in outlying regions; and children’s show, Papi Toucroche.
The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is looking for a Canadian student at the university or college level who shows talent and passion for creating innovative children’s content. One outstanding Canadian student planning to pursue a career in children’s television or digital media production will be selected to receive the YMA Andra Sheffer Scholarship. The award will enable the recipient to attend the Kidscreen Summit in Miami, the Banff World Media Festival in Alberta, as well as access to mentorship resources throughout the year offered by YMA staff, board members and industry stakeholders. Learn more about how to apply here.
ONLINE & DIGITAL MEDIA:
Media Technology Monitor (MTM) has released a report on how Canadians are sharing their Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) accounts. The vast majority of Canadian households have access to at least one SVOD service. MTM found just under half (45%) of SVOD households share their account with another household. While Francophones are less likely than Anglophones to subscribe to SVODs, they are more likely to be sharing their subscriptions with others. Disney+ and Netflix are the two most shared SVOD services with 45% of Disney+ subscribers and 44% of Netflix subscribers reporting sharing their services. Nearly three-fifths of subscribers say they lend out at least one service, while two-fifths say that they borrow someone else’s account.
TikTok has hired Toronto’s Gamelancer Gaming Corp., a mobile-focused entertainment company, as one of a small group of global TikTok partners to launch TikTok Games. TikTok initially launched a pilot testing program for HTML5 mini-games earlier in the summer with select partners. As the largest gaming network on TikTok with over 27,100,000 followers on the platform, Gamelancer is uniquely positioned to distribute its own HTML5 TikTok mini-games across the global TikTok network. Gamelancer’s first TikTok game is entitled Fortune Teller, featuring a daily fortune/horoscope reading.
CTV investigative program, W5, is launching a newsletter. The Informant “offers a peek into the stories behind the story,” promising exclusive content. It’s one of nearly a dozen newsletters under the CTV brand, including Parliament Hill twice-weekly brief, Capital Dispatch; Canada This Week featuring curated local stories from across the country; and recently revived monthly, Royal Dispatch, on the monarchy.
REGULATORY, TELECOM & MEDIA:
Faith and Media Initiative (FAMI) has released the results of the largest-ever Global Faith and Media Study which finds that coverage of faith and religion has become more marginalized due to newsroom economics, success metrics (i.e. clicks), and journalist fears of “getting it wrong.” Conducted in August and September across 18 countries globally, with regions selected to cover the world’s major religions in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the survey of more than 9,000 people (including over 1,000 Canadians) also incorporates the views of journalists and editors gathered through 30 in-depth interviews across the same geographic footprint. Read more here.
The Webster Awards, recognizing excellence in B.C. journalism, have announced the finalists in 14 categories for this year’s awards. Announced at an in-person event at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Tuesday evening, among the nominees are Commentator of the Year – City Mike Award finalists James Peters, CFJC Kamloops; Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun; and Steve Burgess, The Tyee. Finalists in Excellence in Feature/Enterprise Reporting – Radio/Podcast are: Missing Michael: Island Crime Season 3, Laura Palmer, Frequency Podcast Network; Floods, Fires and Future, Sarah Penton, Christine Coulter, Courtney Dickson, Catherine Hansen, CBC Kelowna; and Of Towns and Tigers, Joan Webber, CBC Radio– The Doc Project. Best Feature/Enterprise Reporting – TV/Video finalists include Penny Daflos, CTV Vancouver; Shannon Paterson, CTV Vancouver; and Ethan Sawyer, CBC Vancouver. Winners will be announced during an online ceremony Nov. 3.
Lisa LaFlamme and Jann Arden will host Journalists for Human Rights’ (JHR) annual gala Night for Rights 2022, taking place at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto on Sept. 29. The event’s keynote speaker is Globe and Mail Special International Correspondent Mark MacKinnon, who’ll talk about the important role of journalists in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Afghan journalist Humaira Habib will join him in underscoring why it’s important to protect Afghan voices at a time when media freedom is all but non-existent in Afghanistan. Newly-elected Unifor President Lana Payne will also grace the stage to speak about her journey from journalism to union leadership. Last year, the event raised more than $300,000 in support of JHR’s rights-based journalism programming as well as ongoing emergency evacuation work in Afghanistan. This year, with an expected turnout of 400 guests from the media, tech, corporate and government sectors, JHR targets raising $450,000.
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has announced the 74 successful applicants for the sixth round of its mentorship program. In the coming weeks, mentees will work with mentors from across the country and across mediums and platforms: radio, television, audience engagement, photojournalism, digital, and print publications. Mentors had the option to select mentees for a full six-week individual or group mentorship, or have a one-hour conversation. This allowed flexibility for mentors’ busy schedules, and ultimately for more journalists to participate in the program. The CAJ received 100 applications for this round of the program. Read more about this round of matches, here.
BROADCAST TECH & ENGINEERING:
The Canadian Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement (CEEVA) for Set-Top Boxes has resulted in a 58% drop in average energy consumption since the program’s launch in 2017, according to new data. Five of the largest Canadian Pay TV service providers (Bell Canada, Cogeco, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, and Videotron) are signed on to the program in addition to manufacturers (CommScope, EchoStar Technologies, and Technicolor, soon to become VANTIVA), the Consumer Technology Association and CableLabs. A second program was launched in 2019 for small network equipment (SNE), such as modems and routers. According to a new independent annual report, the program has resulted in a fifth consecutive year of energy reduction from 116.2 kWh/yr to 48.5 kWh/yr. The report also found that 99.8% of all new set-top boxes purchased in 2021 met CEEVA efficiency levels, surpassing the energy efficiency goals established in the agreement. In the second year of reporting, 100% of new SNE purchases met the levels established in the agreement, while those purchased in 2021 were, on average, 38% more efficient than SNE purchased in 2020. Read more here.
Dejero’S EnGo 3x and Ross Video’s Ultrix FR12 Software Defined Routing System were among the Best of Show winners at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam in the TVBEurope category. Find the full Best of Show list here. IBC’s first live and in-person show in nearly three years, this year’s event attracted 37,071 visitors from 170 countries to the RAI Amsterdam, Sept. 9-12, to see over 1,000 exhibitors.
SMPTE will honour industry luminaries and next-generation leaders at the SMPTE Awards Gala, taking place during the SMPTE Media Technology Summit, the society’s first in-person conference since 2019. The summit will wrap up with a gala and afterparty on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Loews Hollywood Hotel, hosted by 2021 Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award recipient Monica Brighton, host and producer of “That TVOkids Show” on TVOKids, as well as educational series “Backyard Beats.” This year, 17 honours will be bestowed upon 38 individuals and organizations. Honorary Membership will be conferred on Ang Lee and Charles H. Jablonski. Lee for his pioneering innovation in deployment of new technologies to enhance theatrical storytelling, including 3D and higher frame rates in the films “Life of Pi,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” and “Gemini Man.” Jablonski will be recognized for his decades of pushing the state-of-the-art in entertainment production and distribution, as well as his service to the education and mentorship of young entertainment engineers. Five individuals will receive the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, including Peter Armstrong, Toronto Section, and Daniel Despa, Montreal/Quebec Section. Twelve new SMPTE Fellows will also be recognized, including Montreal-based Grass Valley systems architect Sylvain Marcotte. Find the full list of awards citations here.