TVO’s 'The Agenda with Steve Paikin' and TVO Original 'The Forbidden Reel' nominated in prestigious categories at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards

TVO’s productions and co-productions nabbed 31 CSA nominations, including 20 for TVOkids
By TVO News - Published on Mar 30, 2021
The Canadian Screen Awards will be announced May 17-20, 2021



TVO and its production partners received 31 nominations for the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards, including nods in two of the most prestigious categories: Best News or Information Series for The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary for TVO Original The Forbidden Reel. TVO Original There Are No Fakes also received an extraordinary six nominations, including Best Direction, Best Writing, and Best Photography.

The Forbidden Reel, There Are No Fakes, and The Agenda with Steve Paikin exemplify the very best of TVO and our co-production partners,” said John Ferri, Vice President of Current Affairs and Documentaries at TVO. “From documenting heroic efforts to protect cinema in Afghanistan, to exposing an Indigenous art fraud ring in Canada, to covering the issues affecting every corner of Ontario, these three nominees give a platform to underrepresented stories and voices—an important part of TVO programming.”

In children’s television and interactive content, TVOkids’ productions and TVOkids Originals Wild Kratts, Dino Dana, Odd Squad Mobile Unit, All-Round Champion, Backyard Beats, My Stay-at-Home Diary, and Home4School are nominated for 20 awards. These nominations are in major categories such as Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series, Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series, and Best Performance (Children’s or Youth).

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“The TVOkids team is so proud of our nominated producing partners,” said Marney Malabar, Director of TVOkids. “We’re privileged to work with people who are committed to our vision for high-quality, educational programming that helps kids succeed in school and in life, no matter what’s going on in the world.” 

All of TVO’s nominated programs can be streamed anytime on or

Full List of TVO and TVOkids’ Canadian Screen Awards Nominations


Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary 
The Forbidden Reel 

Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series 
Striking Balance 

Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series 
There Are No Fakes  

Best Direction, Documentary Program 
There Are No Fakes 

Best Writing, Documentary 
There Are No Fakes 

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research 
There Are No Fakes 

Best Picture Editing, Documentary 
17 And Life Doesn't Wait 
There Are No Fakes 

Best Photography, Documentary or Factual  
There Are No Fakes 


Best Host or Interviewer, News or Information 
Steve Paikin, The Agenda with Steve Paikin 

Best News or Information Series 
The Agenda with Steve Paikin 


Best Animated Program or Series
Wild Kratts

Best Pre-School Program or Series
Abby Hatcher
Dino Dana
PAW Patrol

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series
Odd Squad Mobile Unit

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
All-Round Champion
Backyard Beats
My Stay-at-Home Diary

Best Production, Interactive

Best Direction, Children's or Youth
Odd Squad Mobile Unit 

Best Direction, Animation
Abby Hatcher 
PAW Patrol

Best Writing, Children's or Youth
Odd Squad Mobile Unit 

Best Writing, Animation
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum 

Best Sound, Animation
Abby Hatcher 
PAW Patrol 

Best Original Music, Animation
Let's Go Luna!
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum 

Best Performance, Children's or Youth
Dino Dana

Best Performance, Animation
PAW Patrol

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