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Jane & the Dragon, John & Michael Get BANFF Playback Nods

The Banff World Television Festival announced the nominees for its PLAYBACK-sponsored Best Canadian Award. As finalists, the 18 Canadian nominees not only stand to win in their own genre categories, but are also vying for the Best Canadian Program title. Nominees will be screened by an independent jury of Canadian television professionals with the winner announced at the 2006 Banff World Television Festival.

This years nominees represent the highest echelon of Canadian programming, said Peter Vamos, publisher of PLAYBACK. They demonstrate the intelligence and burgeoning creativity of the Canadian television industry.

The nominees in the Animation Program category include:

JANE AND THE DRAGON: Shall We DanceProduced By: A WETA Prods. Ltd. New Zealand & A Nelvana Ltd. co-productionBroadcaster: YTVEntrant Company: Nelvana Ltd., CanadaProduction Countries: Canada, New Zealand

JOHN AND MICHAELProduced By: National Film Board of CanadaBroadcaster: PBSEntrant Company: National Film Board of Canada, CanadaProduction Countries: Canada

The Banff World Television Festival takes place June 1114, 2006, at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta. The Banff World Television Festival is owned by the Banff Television Festival Foundation and is produced by Achilles Media Ltd. in conjunction with the Foundation's Board of Directors and Board of Governors. The Foundation's Board of Governors is international in scope and represents the crème de la crème of producers and broadcasters. Achilles Media is a management organization for some of the world's leading television and new media industry events including the Banff World Television Festival, the World Congress of History Producers and nextMEDIA The Future of Digital Content. For more information, visit www.banff2006.com.

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