Marci Ien (CTV’s The Social) to host the 30th Annual WIFT-T Crystal Awards

TORONTO, Thursday, November 1, 2017—Women in Film & Television – Toronto’s (WIFT-T) is pleased to welcome Marci Ien as host of the 30th Annual Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 5, 2017 at Arcadian Court. The Crystal Awards is WIFT-T’s annual tribute to women working in the Canadian screen-based media industry, as well as the men who champion them.

Logo-The SocialMarci Ien is the newest co-host on popular CTV daytime talk-show The Social. Prior to joining The Social, Marci was the News Anchor and Co-Host on CTV’s Canada AM for more than 13 years, and received a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series.

Marci’s career in television spans over three decades and has taken her from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s Olympic Morning at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Her work in media has been recognized with multiple awards, including a 1995 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award for News Serial for Journey to Freedom: A Look at the Underground Railroad; the 2008 BBPA Harry Jerome Award, 2014 Planet Africa Award, and the 2016 African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.

In 2014, Ryerson University Radio and Television Arts (RTA) bestowed upon Marci the distinction of having an award co-named in her honour by the RTA School of Media. The Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award celebrates students from under-represented and marginalized communities who show great potential in any three of RTA’s programs. In 2013, she was inducted into the RTA Wall of Fame for her significant contributions to the field of media.

A graduate of Ryerson University, Marci was previously appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts (RTA) program. In that role, she led guest lectures and participated in workshops, and presentations with students and faculty offering insight on the latest developments in television. In November 2016, she was appointed to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors.

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