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Emery wins mentorship award

TORONTO - Women in Film and Television - Toronto (WIFT-T), Warner Bros. Canada Inc. and the Banff Television Foundation have announced the winner of this year's Warner Bros. Entertainment Banff Mentorship Award is Marike Emery of Little Dog Productions.

Dianne Schwalm, senior vice-president, advertising and publicity, Warner Bros. Canada Inc. and Kate Hanley, president of WIFT-T will present this new annual award at Tribute! on Tuesday, June 10, as part of the 24th annual Banff Television Festival.

"WIFT-T is honoured to be presenting the first ever Warner Bros. Entertainment Banff Mentorship Award at Tribute! this year," said Ms Hanley. "The Banff Television Festival has been a great supporter of emerging talent in screen-based media and we are thrilled that they have chosen to highlight the award."

"I am personally delighted that Marike Emery, one of Canada's newest talents, is our 2003 winner," said Ms Schwalm. "Warner Bros. Canada is committed to helping open doors for Canadian women in our industry. Ms Emery is the kind of high-potential filmmaker who can most benefit from the business development support offered by this unique award."

This WIFT-T national award recognizes the industry potential of a female Canadian producer or director, providing complementary attendance to the Banff Television Festival plus one-on-one market coaching, on-site support at BANFF and guidance after the festival. This year's winner, Marike Emery, is a talented producer with a solid track record. Currently, Ms Emery is developing her latest series "Neat" with HGTV-Canada. She is now completing her three-month mentorship with leading executive producer, Kit Redmond of Keep Rolling Productions.

"It is a great honour to be chosen as the first recipient of the Warner Bros. Entertainment Banff Mentorship Award," said Ms Emery. "The mentorship I have received from Kit Redmond has provided me with invaluable market training, allowing me to prepare project specific marketing materials, refine my pitches and better understand the international marketplace. I look forward to conducting serious business in the Rockies in June."

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