iThentic’s Space Riders: Division Earth web series may deal in the absurd, but it scored a serious win Sunday night by taking home the best web series award at the annual Canadian Screen Awards.
The win marked the first time the best web series category was integrated into the awards’ nationally broadcast gala ceremony, which airs on Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC.
Taking the stage to accept the award was the iThentic team and series talent, which includes Lisa Baylin, Dan Beirne, Jonas Diamond, Mark Little and Catherine Tait.
Space Riders has been on a winning streak of sorts since it launched, earning a berth on the launch of CTV Extend, the web-series-only platform from Canada’s Bell Media, and being picked up for distribution on Starz Digital Media’s Union Pool channel last September.
The 13 x 4- to 8-minute sci-fi comedy, which spoofs the ’90s kids TV series Power Rangers, is written by and stars Little and writer and actor Beirne. It is produced by iThentic in association with Bell Media.
Other digital media winners from the week-long series of gala events were the Toxa-NFB co-production Fort McMoney; A Short History of the Highrise from the NFB and New York Times for best original program or series, non-fiction; and Guidestones: Sunflower Noir lead actress Supinder Wraich won for performance in a program or series produced for digital media.
Producers Catherine Tait, iThentic and distributor Starz Digital first met at the 2014 Stream Market held in California.
The Canadian Screen Awards, hosted by Andrea Martin, were presented in Toronto on March 1.