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Wapos Bay in Running for Five Gemini Awards

6 Sep

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced that Wapos Bay, the stop motion animated children’s series broadcast on APTN and SCN, has received five Gemini Award nominations.  The 25th Annual Gemini Awards ceremony will be held in Toronto November 2nd and 3rd, 2010.

Wapos Bay is among five productions nominated for Best Animated Program or SeriesDerRic Starlight, the voice behind the character of Devon, received a nomination for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series. Trevor Cameron earned two nominations; one for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series, and one for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, both for the episode, The Hardest Lesson. Ross Nykiforuk joins the list of nominees for Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series (The Hardest Lesson).

The announcement comes on the eve of the broadcast premiere of Season 5 on APTN, the September launch of the digital media properties, and production for the Movie of the Week commencing in October.

Producer/ writer/ director Melanie Jackson comments: “Working on Wapos Bay has been a wondrous experience.  The cast and crew have had such faith in the production since we began, that we’ve built a family. I’m very honored and ecstatic with this years nominations and I know with unwavering confidence they are well earned.  I offer my congratulations and appreciation to the nominees, cast and crew of Wapos Bay for their hard work and undying enthusiasm for the little show that could!”

Wapos Bay season five premieres Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) with special guest star David Suzuki (The Nature of Things).  Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) broadcasts seasons three and four.  Wapos Bay Productions is currently in pre-production for the Movie of the Week.

Wapos Bay Wins Again!

9 Jun

The Alliance for Children and Television presents series with Award of Excellence


(Saskatoon, SK) – The producers of Wapos Bay received the ACT Award of Excellence for Animation, ages six to eight category, for the episode Raiders of the Lost Art in Toronto on June 3 2009.  The Alliance for Children and Television honours the best in children’s entertainment, juried by Canadian and international industry creators, craftspeople and professionals.


Producers Dennis & Melanie Jackson (Dark Thunder Production), Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm) and Derek Mazur (National Film Board of Canada) add this award to their slate of wins for Season 3 of the series.  Season three award recognition includes the 2009 Golden Sheaf Award (Yorkton Film Festival) for Best Children’s Production, the 2009 Elan Award for Best Children’s Animated Television Production, and the 2008 Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series.


Wapos Bay just wrapped production of season four, which is scheduled to broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in the fall of 2009.  Seasons two and three are currently airing on APTN and the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN)As pre-production for season five begins, Wapos Bay is also versioning the series into French, Cree and Inuktitut.

Karma Film, Hulo Films and Wapos Bay Productions Bring Home Six Golden Sheaf Awards

25 May

The 62nd Annual Yorkton Film Festival, the longest running film festival in North America, announced the winners of the 2009 Golden Sheaf Awards on May 23rd.  Of the 21 genre categories, three craft categories and six special awards recognizing excellence in Canadian short film, four Saskatoon producers were honoured with nine nominations and six awards at the Golden Sheaf Awards Gala, closing a weekend of meetings, workshops and skeet shooting in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

P1030338Writer/ director/ producer Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm) and producer/ researcher Ryan Lockwood (Hulo Films) accepted the Golden Sheaf for Best of Saskatchewan Ruth Shaw award and Best Research for their work on Mad Cow Sacred Cow.


Wapos Bay, the charming stop motion animated series created, written, and directed by Dennis & Melanie Jackson (Dark Thunder Productions), was awarded the Golden Sheaf award for Best Children’s Production for the episode Raiders of the Lost Art. The Jacksons and Anand Ramayya produce the series with Executive Producer Derek Mazur (National Film Board of Canada).

IMG_0235Producers Ryan Lockwood and Anand Ramayya also accepted the Golden Sheaf award for Landing, winning Best Documentary Series, and Best Multicultural Documentary for the Razawa episode.  The series also won the National Film Board of Canada’s Kathleen Shannon award, presented to an independently made documentary film that “allows people outside the dominant culture to speak for themselves.”

Hulo Films’ Interpersonalities, produced by Stephen Huszar (Hulo Films) and directed by Aidin Nakhai, received a nomination for Best Short Drama and the Ruth Shaw Award for Best of Saskatchewan.


Mad Cow Sacred Cow – Best of Saskatchewan Ruth Shaw Award, Best Research

Landing – Best Documentary Series, Best Multicultural, NFB Kathleen Shannon Award

Wapos Bay – Best Childrens Production


Stop Motion Animation TV series, Wapos Bay, earns third Gemini and begins new season with guest, Mike Holmes

28 Oct

October 28, 2008 (Saskatoon, SK, Canada) – At The 23rd Annual Gemini Awards, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has awarded Wapos Bay with the Gemini for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series.  The prize winning ensemble cast includes Gordon Tootoosis, Raven Brass, Trevor Cameron, Lorne Cardinal, Taylor Cook, Eric Jackson, Andrea Menard, and DerRic Starlight.

 Saskatoon based production company, Wapos Bay Productions, in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada has produced this unique stop-motion animated series broadcast nationally on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).  Created by Saskatoon based husband and wife team Dennis and Melanie Jackson, Wapos Bay has received 3 consecutive Gemini awards to date and begins principal photography on season 4 on November 10th, 2008.  Special guest, Mike Holmes will play himself in the new season of Wapos Bay, which starts shooting November 10, 2008.  Wapos Bay Productions will be recording Mr. Holmes’ lines on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in our Saskatoon studio.

 The premiere airdate for six new episodes of Wapos Bay, shot last winter, is set for November 11, 2008 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (Check local listings).  This one of a kind, half-hour, stop-motion series focuses on three Aboriginal children as they learn about teamwork and cooperation from their grandparents in the fictional northern community of Wapos Bay. 

Gordon Tootoosis (Legends of the Fall) voices the wise and good-humored grandfather Mushom.  Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil) voices the patient, kind grandmother, Kohkum.  Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas) voices the caring, good-natured single father of T-Bear.  Saskatoon based newcomers Eric Jackson and Taylor Cook play the calm, team player Talon and the rambunctious, independent spirited T-Bear.  The innocent, playful and spunky Raven is played by emerging talent Raven Brass. 

Wapos Bay – is produced by Dennis and Melanie Jackson, Anand Ramayya and Derek Mazur. The production will be distributed internationally by the National Film Board of Canada. 

For more information on Wapos Bay, please contact:

Kelly Balon

Wapos Bay Productions Inc.

Telephone: (306) 652-9335 

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