April 25, 2014

THUNDERBIRD TO MAKE A STRONG SHOWING AT THIS YEAR’S LEO AWARDS

The Thunderbird Group of Companies is pleased to announce that they have received a number of Leo Award Nominations. Their original multi-camera comedy Package Deal, which is shooting live in Vancouver for City, tells the story of three overly close brothers and the woman who comes between them. Package Deal earns its first nomination in the Best Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series category. Creator Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun) says he felt honored when he heard the news. “We have such a wonderful team of writers, actors and a great crew. The nomination is a real thrill for all of us.”

Package Deal’s Jill Morrison is nominated for Best Performance in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for her role as Nikki, the tough talking, hard drinking tea shop employee. “Nikki is so much fun to play,” says Morrison. “It’s wonderful to be working on a show where the writers give you gold. Nikki is crazy and sassy but she has a complexity to her that makes her very real, and so funny.” Morrison appeared in season one of Package Deal and has joined the cast as a series regular this season.

In addition to nominations for Package Deal, Thunderbird is pleased to announce that they have also received nominations for Mr. Young – the popular YTV hit about a child prodigy who at age fourteen joins the workforce as a high school teacher. The series was created by Dan Signer (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, A.N.T. Farm) who along with Howard Nemetz (The Suite Life on Deck) were the visionaries behind Thunderbird’s second youth series nominee, Some Assembly Required. Receiving a total of five nominations, Some Assembly Required follows an eclectic group of teenagers who run a toy company.

The sci-fi, action drama, Continuum received a whopping 20 nominations, notably, three within the Best Direction in a Dramatic Series category. The Showcase series is in the midst of a successful third season where viewers continue to find out if City Protective Services officer, Kiera Cameron, will be able to travel back to her time from a present day Vancouver to the year 2077.

Capping off the list of nominations is the Lifetime Original Movie, Baby Sellers. Inspired by true events, the captivating television movie explores the shocking international criminal enterprise of infant trafficking. The film stars Emmy award winners Jennifer Finnigan and Kirstie Alley.

Below is the full list of Leo nominations that the Thunderbird Group of Companies have received:

PACKAGE DEAL
Best Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Best Performance in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series (Jill Morrison)

MR. YOUNG
Best Youth or Children’s Program or Series
Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (Jennica Harper)
Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (Milo Shandel)

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
Best Youth or Children’s Program or Series
Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (Jennica Harper)
Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (Ryan W. Smith, Nathaniel Moher)
Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (Dylan Playfair)
Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series (Ellie Harvie)

CONTINUUM
Best Dramatic Series
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Patrick Williams)
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Simon Barry)
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (William Waring )
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series (Simon Barry)
Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series (Michael Wale)
Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series (David Pelletier)
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series (Allen Lee)
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series (Jamie Alian)
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series (Adam Stern, Nadine Blackler, Dan Dixon, Sean Gilhooly, Stanislav Enilenis)
Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series (Chris August)
Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series (Stephanie Nolan)
Best Make-up in a Dramatic Series (Jennifer Kipps)
Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series (Kimani Ray Smith – “Split Second”)
Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series (Kimani Ray Smith – “Second Last”)
Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series (Kimani Ray – “Second Time”)
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (Ian Tracey)
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (Roger Cross)
Best Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series (Lexa Doig)
Best Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series (Jennifer Spence)

BABY SELLERS
Best Television Movie
Best Musical Score in a Television Movie (Rich Walters)
Best Production Design in a Television Movie (Jill Scott)
Best Costume Design in a Television Movie (Cynthia Summers)
Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie (Alessandro Juliani)

 

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