‘Candy’ goes to Helga Stephen­son

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Cana­dian en­ter­tain­ment dy­namo Helga Stephen­son is the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Academy Board of Di­rec­tors’ Tribute at the Cana­dian Screen Awards, a.k.a. the Candys.

The ca­reer achieve­ment hon­our rec­og­nizes “out­stand­ing and en­dur­ing con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­dian film and tele­vi­sion,” the Academy of Cana­dian Cin­ema and Tele­vi­sion said in a news re­lease.

As CEO of the academy from 201116, Stephen­son was in­stru­men­tal in com­bin­ing the Ge­nies (film) and Gem­i­nis (tele­vi­sion) into the Cana­dian Screen Awards.

She also helped es­tab­lish the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, co-founded Hu­man Rights Watch Canada and is chair of the Toronto Hu­man Rights Watch Film Fes­ti­val. Peter How­ell

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