Daily News Tuesday, November 07, 2006
2006 Crystal Award Winners & Gala Luncheon
Women in Film and Television Toronto is pleased to announce that Dina Pugliese, co-host of BT-BreakfastTelevision, CHUM Television's daily morning show, will host the 2006 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 4, 2006 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. In addition, Pamela Wallin, broadcaster and former Consul General of Canada in New York , will be the Honorary Alumni Chair of the 2006 Awards presentation.

"We are delighted that both Dina and Pamela have agreed to join us this year," said Sue Sheridan, Executive Director of WIFT-T. "Their participation further enhances what is already an exciting salute to Canada's formidable talent in screen-based media."

As the 2006 Crystal Awards Honorary Alumni Chair, Wallin will represent more than 80 past Crystal Award winners in a special presentation. Alumni will also be honoured at the RBC Royal Bank Alumni Reception, a pre-luncheon gathering attended by award winners, special guests and media.

The WIFT-T 2006 Crystal Award winners, selected by a jury of Crystal Award alumni, are:

Outstanding Achievement Award, presented in association with CanWest MediaWorks Christina Jennings, Chair and Co-CEO of Shaftesbury Films Inc.
Presented by Kathleen Dore, President, Television & Radio, CanWest MediaWorks Inc.

Creative Excellence Award, presented in association with NBC Universal
Jennifer Baichwal, Director, Producer
Presented by Ron Suter, Senior Vice President, NBC Universal Canada

Phyllis Switzer Mentorship Award, presented in association with CHUM Limited
Karen Gelbart, Senior Vice President, Content, Lifestyle Channels, Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.
Presented by Sarah Crawford, Vice President, Public Affairs, CHUM Television

Crystal Jury Award
Jeanne Beker, Host and Segment Producer, FT-Fashion Television and Fashion Television Channel Presented by Marcia Martin, Vice President, Production, CHUM Television

The 2006 Crystal Awards will also include presentations of the WIFT-T mentorship awards: the Kodak New Vision Fellowship, the CBC Canadian Reflections Award, the Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship, and the Quebecor BANFF Mentorship Award.

Crystal Awards 2006 Presenting Partners: CHUM Limited and NBC UNIVERSAL

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