Fonds F0572 - Allan Novak fonds

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Allan Novak fonds

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  • Sound recording

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  • 1998-2010, predominant 2001-2002 (Creation)
    Novak, Allan

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0.54 m of textual records
ca. 100 photographs : col. ; 24 x 30 cm or smaller
ca. 572 videocassettes : MiniDV
ca. 89 videocassettes : VHS
ca. 92 videocassettes : BetaSP
ca. 13 audio cassettes
ca. 10 videocassettes : Hi8
1 videocassette ; DVCam
57 compact discs
ca. 220 GB of digital files
3 DVDs
6 computer disks ; 9 x 9 cm

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Allan Novak, part of Toronto-based Indivisual Productions Inc., is a director, producer, writer and editor for television and film. He was editor of the television series "The Newsroom", created by Ken Finkleman. Novak has also directed episodes of "Heart of Courage", "Puppets Who Kill", "CODCO", "Comics!", "It's Only Rock and Roll" and a "Life and Times" documentary on founders of Roots Clothing Company and in-theatre comedy videos for the Second City Mainstage from 1985-1987.

A respected editor, Novak has received three Gemini Award nominations (winning one in 1998 for his work on "The Newsroom"), particularly for his work with Ken Finkleman's projects "Foreign Objects", "Foolish Heart", "The Newsroom" and "Married Life". He also edited the first season of "Kids In The Hall."

Novak has directed numerous series episodes for children and youth including "The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon", "The Elephant Show", "OWL TV", and two comedy/educational series -- "Dealing with Drugs" and "Mission Reading".

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Fonds consists of production elements, promotional materials and recorded and transcribed interviews with subjects for the tv cooking series or ''docu-comedy' "Loving Spoonfuls" created and produced by Allan Novak, that aired from 2000-2004. The show featured Canadian grandmothers from various ethnic, cultural and vocational backgrounds.

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Donated by Allan Novak in 2010.


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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2010-009. Further accruals may be expected.

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2010/09/07 A. St.Onge:. (Creation)
2010/09/07 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2010/11/16 Revised extents.
2010/11/18 Anna. Revised scope note to include info about subjects of Loving Spoonfuls.
2016-04-27. Anna St.Onge. Published fonds.
2022/07/18 J. Grant. Metadata clean up, addition of digital copy notes and YUDL identifiers.

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  • English

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