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TORONTO — "Corner Gas," Canada's most popular TV sitcom, earned writers Mark Farrell and Robert Sheridan top honors for best half-hour comedy at the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards on Monday night in Toronto. Denis McGrath and Robert Wertheimer grabbed the best one-hour drama trophy for "Across the River to Motor City," while Travis McDonald picked up the best movie script award for his work on Carl Bessai's "Normal." Peter Mohan ("Blood Ties," "Mutant X") was awarded the best showrunner award.
LONDON — Online auction site eBay has linked with U.K. anti-piracy body the Industry Trust for IP Awareness to educate its users about fake DVDs. Using the Trust's "Knock-Off Nigel" advertisements, the campaign will target eBay's 14 million active British users with a light-hearted new help tool: "The Smart Buyer's Guide to Avoiding Knock-Off DVDs." The tool is in response to NOP research last year that suggests that 9% of U.K. adults have bought fake DVDs believing them to be real.
BRUSSELS — Frenchman Yves Bigot is stepping down as head of television for Belgian public broadcaster RTBF on Sept. 1 and taking up a post at Endemol France. Bigot, a former soccer player, was co-founder of the groundbreaking French program "Les Enfants du Rock" and a former France 2 program director. He will remain an outside consultant for the broadcaster. RTBF, the national broadcasting organization for the French-speaking half of Belgium, operates four TV channels and six radio stations.