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Robin Roberts Touts Inclusivity at Rockie Awards Gala

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Good Morning America host Robin Roberts talked up the advantages of embracing variety in storytelling when receiving the Inclusion Award on the 2024 version of the Banff World Media Pageant on Monday night time.

“Immense gratitude to everyone who is involved in this dynamic, vibrant inclusive festival, where everyone is not only welcomed, but embraced,” Roberts informed the Rockie Awards gala. “Diversity is being on the team, inclusion is getting in the game. I’m so grateful to A&E to allow me to be in the game, with you,” Roberts, who went from star athlete to changing into a TV anchor, added about A&E, the sponsor of the gala award.

Kevin Beggs, chairman and chief inventive officer on the Lionsgate Tv Group, was available to obtain the Award of Excellence on the Rockie Awards gala after serving for seven years as chairman of the board on the Banff TV competition.

“Through it all, Kevin has been an amazing partner. I’ve taught him some Yiddish, and he’s taught me what it means to be a mensch,” Sandra Stern, vice chairman of the Lionsgate Tv Group, stated when introducing Beggs to the gala viewers.

Beggs, when accepting the award, returned his admiration for Stern from the stage of the Banff Springs Van Horne ballroom. “Sandra, as you mentioned, you and I have been sharing stories and making each other laugh as we built a television studio together for decades. We have had wins and losses. But through it all, you’ve always taught me the importance of relationships, character and integrity,” Beggs stated.

Girls5eva actor Renée Elise Goldsberry, who was additionally within the authentic Hamilton forged, was a no-show to select up the Inventive Voice Award in Banff as she found on Sunday that she had did not renew her passport and couldn’t fly to Canada.

“The only thing that could have kept me from being there to accept in person was an expired passport. Yesterday was a hard day. But I am so grateful for the opportunity to accept virtually,” Goldsberry informed the Banff viewers by way of a taped acceptance speech.

Additionally Monday night time, Paul Solar-Hyung Lee, when receiving the Canadian Award of Distinction, paid tribute to Kim’s Comfort, a homegrown comedy set round a Korean-Canadian household working a nook store in Toronto, and which additionally starred Simu Liu. “I got the opportunity to be the lead actor in an award-winning show that was a love letter to my parents and the human experience in Kim’s Convenience,” Solar-Hyung Lee stated when accepting his profession tribute.

The Rockie Awards gala took a comic book flip when Tom Inexperienced got here on stage to obtain the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award. “From what I know about Peter Ustinov, I see this all makes perfect sense. Sir Peter won the Academy Award for his role in Spartacus. I was in Road Trip,” Greene stated, recalling his position within the 2000 comedy journey pic.

Emmy-winning director and author Allana Harkin (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) hosted the flagship Banff Rockie Awards, which additionally noticed Richard Speer, president and founding father of Montreal-based indie producer Attraction, settle for the Modern Award.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to recognize everyone who’s working so hard right now to make our industry better. Times are not easy for Canadian content,” Speer, whose manufacturing banner has a primary look take care of Netflix Canada, informed the Banff gala.

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