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FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS to be awarded Best TV Feature at Gala Award Show
Toronto - June 21, 2006 - SailorJones Media is the proud recipient of the 2006 Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) Award for Best TV Feature. Fundamental Freedoms examines the history of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the struggle surrounding the ratification of the document and its importance in today's multicultural society. The Award will be presented at the CEMA Awards on June 23 rd , 2006.
"This is an incredible honour", said Barbara Jones, Executive Producer of Toronto based SailorJones Media. "From the cultural make up of the production team to the program content itself, Fundamental Freedoms truly reflects the diversity of Canada", she added.
Production of the documentary, in seven languages, was made possible by the generous support of OMNI Television's Documentary and Drama Fund. With additional support broadcasters from across Canada, including APTN and channel m, the documentary will soon be available in a total of 11 languages: Cantonese, Cree, English, French, German, Inuktitut, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Spanish.
"The fact that Fundamental Freedoms was versioned in many languages, so important for the various ethno cultural communities across Canada to fully understand the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, made this project a winner." said Ben Viccari, Chair of the CEMA Awards Committee.
The documentary Fundamental Freedoms is part of SailorJones Media's FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS PROJECT, a multi-lingual, multiplatform initiative celebrating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. SailorJones Media recently launched www.charterofrights.ca and www.chartedesdroits.ca as part of the project, and intends to launch nine additional languages online in time for the 25 th Anniversary of the Charter in 2007. About SailorJones Media Inc. www.sailorjones.com
SailorJones Media is a television and new media production and consulting firm. SailorJones Media (SJM) specializes in program development and content design for the interactive television marketplace. Located in Toronto, SJM is owned and operated by Barbara Jones.
Development and production of The Fundamental Freedoms Project has been generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Telefilm Canada. Broadcaster support for the Web sites has been received from Access Alberta, APTN, BookTV, Canadian Learning Television, channel m, CHEX, CKWS.
The documentary FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS can be seen on OMNI, Access Alberta, APTN, BookTV, Canadian Learning Television, channel m, CHEX, CKWS, Knowledge Network, and SCN.
For more information see: www.charterofrights.ca
About the Canadian Ethnic Media Association
The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA), formerly the Canadian Ethnic Journalists' and Writers' Club, is an organization for professionals engaged in the field of print and electronic journalism and creative writing.
CEMA upholds the principles of Canadian citizenship and multiculturalism and maintains the right of freedom of expression without ethnocentric bias.
The CEMA Awards recognize outstanding contributions in print, broadcast, and Internet journalism.