So unless you live in Alberta, chances are you’ve never heard of the AMPIAS before.  So let me break it down for you, the AMPIAS are essentially the Emmy and Oscars of Alberta all rolled into one night.  They are handed out by Alberta Media Production Industries Association. You don’t win an AMPIA, you win a ROSIE, but you get a ROSIE at the AMPIAS.

Clear as mud?

Well last night in Edmonton, the 37th annual AMPIAS were held and the cream of Alberta’s entertainment crop were celebrated with dozens of awards.

As expected, CBC’s rating’s blockbuster Heartland walked away with the most awards, a total of five, including Best Dramatic Production and Best Actor (Edmonton’s Shaun Johnston.)

Here are some of the other night’s highlights:

BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Rodeo – Life on the Circuit

BEST NEWS INFORMATION SERIES
Breakfast Television
Jennifer Baier, Producer
Citytv Calgary

BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
Heartland
Tom Cox & Jordy Randall, Producers
SEVEN24 Films

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE
Fubar II
George Baptist, Shirley Vercruysse & Dave Lawrence, Producers
FU2 Productions

BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAM or SERIES
Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, Cycle II
Josh Miller, Producer
Panacea Entertainment

BEST CORPORATE VIDEO
Avenue 15
Robert Kelly, Producer
Kelly Brothers Productions


BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Gord Bamford: My Daughter’s Father

BEST MUSICAL OR VARIETY SPECIAL
Canadian Country Music Awards 2010

BEST ALBERTA ACTOR
Shaun Johnston
Heartland – “Lost Song”

BEST ALBERTA ACTRESS
Roseanne Supernault
Blackstone – “White Bread Red Class”

BEST TV HOST
Jill Belland
Breakfast Television
Citytv Calgary

Click here for a complete list of award winners!


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Mike Morrison

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