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CANADA IN PERSPECTIVE SERIES WINS THE ACADEMY’S DIVERSITY AWARD

 

TORONTO, February 11, 2016Canada in Perspective, produced by Anne Marie Varner, has won the Academy’s Diversity Award, sponsored by Playback, it was announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

 

“Anne Marie Varner is a seasoned non-fiction producer whose television series, Canada in Perspective, investigates and explores current issues and their impact on Canadians of all abilities,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz. “We are very proud to honour Anne Marie’s insightful and timely show with the Academy’s Diversity Award, a special Canadian Screen Award.”

Varner executive produces and produces Canada in Perspective which is an Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) original series. It’s a weekly current affairs show which features headline-based documentary-style storytelling and a diverse panel of guests for analysis and debate, hosted by ​​​​​​​​​​Anna-Karina Tabuñar.

 

“This important Academy Special Award will help turn the spotlight on the growing and complex issues we deal with around persons who are blind or partially sighted, ableism and inclusion, and the always troubling fact that accessibility is still not universal,” says Varner.

 

Canada In Perspective is a remarkable program that explores issues pertinent to our audience,” says AMI President and CEO, David Errington. “Not only does it tackle a diverse range of topics, but it provides a much-needed conduit for persons with disabilities across the country.”

 

Varner is currently producing the fifth season of Canada In Perspective at the Queen’s Quay Corus Studios, which she points out offers “complete accessibility and is one of the best studios in the city for this type of program.” Season 5 of Canada in Perspective will air on AMI-tv in June.

 

Previously, Varner was Executive Producer of In House Programming at Discovery Canada and was also responsible for producing over 200 hours of science content annually. She also spearheaded the first ever Canada/US co-production with the Science Channel of the live landing of the Phoenix spacecraft on Mars. She has  executive produced a number of award winning science documentaries including New York Festival Winners Retaking New York and Las Vegas: City Without Limits. At Global TV, she spent 5-years as Director of Canadian Production, Specialty and Daytime and Executive Producer of Moneywise and Body & Health.

 

The Academy will present the Diversity Award at the Canadian Screen Awards’ Television & Digital Media Gala on Tuesday, March 8.

 

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The Academy’s Diversity Award, sponsored by Playback, honours excellence and the racial and cultural diversity of Canada.