Sunday, May 10, 2009

Stargate / Sanctuary - Complete List of 2009 Leo Awards

From the 2009 Leo Awards site:

(Please follow the link for the complete list.)

2009 Winners by Program


Stargate Continuum – 3 awards

Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Drama - Brad Wright Stargate Continuum

Best Overall Sound in a Feature Length Drama - Paul Sharpe, Iain Pattison, Graeme Hughes Stargate Continuum

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama - Michael Shanks Stargate Continuum


Stargate Atlantis – 9 awards

Best Dramatic Series - Stargate Atlantis
Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, Brad Wright, Robert Cooper, Carl Binder, Martin Gero, Alan McCullough, John Smith - Producers

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series - Robert Cooper - Stargate Atlantis - Vegas

Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series - Alan McCullough - Stargate Atlantis - The Queen

Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series - Michael Blundell - Stargate Atlantis - Vegas

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series - Mike Banas - Stargate Atlantis - Vegas

Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series -
Kelly Cole, Patrick Ramsay, Bill Mellow, Joe Watts, Hugo De Le Cerda, Kevin Belen
Stargate Atlantis - Enemy at the Gate

Best Sound Editing in a Dramatic Series -
Steve Smith, Matthew Wilson, Kirby Jinnah, Jay Cheetham, Jason Mauza
Stargate Atlantis - Enemy at the Gate

Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series - Valerie Halverson - Stargate Atlantis - The Queen

Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series
Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Kodie MacKenzie, Viv Jim, Dan Weir
Stargate Atlantis - First Contact

Sanctuary - 4 awards

Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series
Todd Masters, Nicholas Podbrey, Sarah Pickersgill, Harlow MacFarlane
Sanctuary - Warriors

Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series - Ryan Robbins - Sanctuary - Edward

Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series - Gabrielle Rose - Sanctuary - Edward

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series - Amanda Tapping - Sanctuary - Requiem


Congratulations to all the 2009 Leo Awards nominees!

Star Trek - SheKnows: D.C. Fontana Interview

Many thanks to SF Universe for the heads up!

At SheKnows:

(Please follow the link for the complete two-page interview.)

Fontana is a Trek pioneer

A Star Trek story of female inspiration

by Lynn Barker

"To boldly go where no man has gone before." That was the end of the opening narration for the iconic Sci Fi TV series Star Trek. The modern narration now touts "where no one has gone before." With the new Star Trek film garnering such buzz, SheKnows thought we would take you back to the beginning.

Star Trek the TV show ran on NBC from 1966 to 1969. Back in the era of go-go boots, the Vietnam War and bra-burnings, with the exception of one Russian cosmonaut, women weren't ‘going’ into space. In fact, women rarely even went into the boardroom unless it was as a secretary to take notes.

A very notable exception to that rule is my mentor and friend Dorothy Catherine (DC) Fontana.

... Fontana is currently teaching screenwriting to the Fellows at the prestigious American Film Institute in LA while actively continuing her writing career in various media including online series, video games and comics. She recently was inducted into the American Screenwriters Association Hall of Fame and, in 2006 was honored by the She Made It program for outstanding women in radio and TV at the Museum of Television and Radio.

With the new Trek film coming out this week, felt it was especially appropriate to chat with this inspiring, amazing woman about her long career and gather some entertaining classic Star Trek insider info on cast, costumes, make-up, pranks and fave episodes etc. Let's go back to yesteryear. We've got on our mini-skirt and tie-dyed tee so beam us back to the '60's, Scotty...and don’t miss our interviews with the entire Star Trek movie cast and its creator JJ Abrams all this week!

A brief excerpt:

SheKnows: Of the characters that you created for classic Trek, which one is closest to your heart and which one was the hardest to get on paper and get right?
Fontana: Well, I loved Amanda and Sarek, Spock's parents really and the character that Jill Ireland played in This Side of Paradise. Journey To Babel is my absolute favorite show that I wrote because everything went so well on that one. It really was fun. It was mostly a bottle show and so we could spend money on good actors and get the party scene right, all of those things.

SheKnows: And then getting Jane Wyatt to play Amanda was so great.
Fontana: Oh, she was so lovely, so wonderful. Mark Lenard (who played Spock's father Sarek) was very imposing -- a good actor that died too soon. But they had a little chemistry going on between them, too, because you could feel that they liked each other as people and that came across in the characters, I think...

Stargate Universe / Sanctuary - Business Week: Possible Web Video Productions?

At Business Week:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

SCIFI Channel: Playing to the Tech-Savviest Fans

The network was putting TV on the Web a decade ago, and innovation remains the watchword

By Chris Albrecht

May 11, 2009

Nerds across the galaxy strapped on their pointy ears and beamed into theaters to catch the big budget reboot of Star Trek this weekend. Science-fiction fans may be the butts of Klingon jokes, but they are also early adopters and provide fertile ground for new media experimentation. Case in point: the SCIFI Channel.

I spoke with Craig E. Engler, senior vice-president and general manager of SCIFI's digital arm, to find out what it does to tap into the power of this rabid fan base. "We have a very techno-savvy audience," said Engler. "It's a younger, more modern audience. They jump into this stuff."

... SCIFI also does original productions for the Web such as DVICE, a show about tech and gadgets. While the network has a number of original scripted shows in the works for the Web, none have moved beyond the development stage. But that doesn't dim Engler's enthusiasm for the medium. "We're fully integrated with our West Coast development team," said Engler. "Any online show is a default pilot for on-air."

Besides creating content for the Web, SCIFI has found content there. Both Tripping the Rift and more recently Sanctuary originated online and were brought to TV. Sanctuary enjoyed a strong debut on the network and was picked up for a second season.

One of the more innovative programs SCIFI ran was providing tools and footage from Battlestar for users to create their own fan films. Viewers could incorporate official shots of the Galactica, Cylons, and other special effects into their own works. Engler said the site received hundreds of submissions, and considered the program a success, but didn't duplicate it. "We don't like to repeat ourselves. We like to find the right tool for the right show," he said.

SCIFI is expanding its digital tool set this year. Engler said his division is already in talks with the producers of upcoming shows Stargate Universe and Warehouse 13 about integrating and extending their storylines with Web video. "We're always looking for broadband video expansion," he said.


Craig Engler's Twitter site - Craig tweets about Stargate, Sanctuary and more.

Star Trek: Video: Saturday Night Live - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy

US geo-coded.

Courtesy of NBC and HULU:

Saturday Night Live - Update Feature: Star Trek

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Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy stop by Weekend Update at Saturday Night Live.

Eureka - The SciFi Guys - Colin Ferguson Audio Interview May 13 '09

At The SciFi Guys:

After a brief trip to the Sanctuary, the Sci Fi Guys return this Wednesday with the first part of an interview with Eureka star Colin Ferguson (Sheriff Jack Carter) in association with Wolf Events and The London MCM Expo.

Colin who has also appeared on CSI Miami, Crossing Jordan, The Outer Limits and The US version of Coupling, talks to Stuart in this first part about his start in acting, his work with Second City, his time as a stand up comedian and much more.

The Guys will also be talking about the forthcoming London MCM Expo event, which includes a special Eureka panel (For More info on the Eureka Panel at London Expo visit

The show starts at the usual time of 8pm GMT on Wednesday 13th May live from and will feature a mixture of news and reviews and if you want to submit your suggestions or opinions on a news story then feel free to email stuart [at]

Download Colin Ferguson Audio Interview


Download Christopher Heyerhdahl's Sanctuary/Supernatural audio interview.