EDMONTON (CP) _ Alberta productions had a banner day Thursday, pulling in a record 36 Emmy nominations. Projects filmed in the province took the top two spots in terms of number of nominations. The made-for-TV movie "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" scored 17 nominations, trailed slightly by the Western miniseries "Broken Trail," which garnered 16. "The Ron Clark Story" also pulled in 3 nominations. All three productions were shot in southern Alberta.
"Basically, it’s really great to have this great talent base recognized on an international level," said Dan Chugg, Alberta’s Film Commissioner.
"One of the great resources we have in Alberta beyond our mountains and location is our people."
That includes aboriginal communities that have embraced many different projects, he said.
"A big part of ‘Wounded Knee’ coming to Alberta was the very strong aboriginal talent base that we have," he said.
"We shoot a lot on the different reserves around the province, and they’re incredibly supportive of our industry. Without them, a lot of our main locations would also be difficult to access."
All the productions were shot 100 per cent in the province and with mainly Alberta crews, said Chugg.
He said this recognition will continue the momentum started by "Brokeback Mountain" in pulling major productions to the province.
"It simply has production companies saying, ‘We can come there and do the kind and level of production we want to do.’ "