Galafilm wins Emmy for Cirque du Soleil Fire Within
Montreal, September 15, 2003

The television documentary series “Cirque du Soleil Fire Within,” coproduced by Galafilm and Créations Musca, a subsidiary of Cirque du Soleil Images, has taken the Emmy in the category Outstanding Nonfiction Program (Alternative). The series won out over the four other shows in contention, including “The Osbournes” (MTV Networks). The Creative Arts Awards gala was held on Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“We are flattered by this honour,” said Vincent Gagné, Vice-President of Cirque du Soleil Images. “This documentary series marks the first time we have created an actual television series. The television content we have created in the past has always been in the form of live shows filmed for television or documentary television specials.” The 13-episode documentary explores the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s show Varekai, which premiered in Montreal in April 2002. The series aired during the 2002-2003 season on Global Television Network and ARTV in Canada, and on the Bravo network in the United States.

“Galafilm’s expertise in documentaries combined with the magic of Cirque du Soleil and the richness of the subject matter proved to be a perfect creative blend,” adds Arnie Gelbart, Founder and President of Galafilm. “We are very proud of the result, and we are delighted with the reaction that it has met with.”

Above and beyond the honour that this award represents, the wonderful response of television audiences and media alike demonstrates that Cirque du Soleil has succeeded in moving the public with television content, just as it does with its shows. The protagonists of this series are not fictional characters, but actual artists and employees whose passion and determination make them authentic and endearing figures.

The Executive Producers of “Cirque du Soleil Fire Within” are Arnie Gelbart, Vincent Gagné and Marie Côté. The Producers are Sylvie Wilson and Martin Bolduc, while Valérie Beaugrand Champagne is the Content Producer and Script Editor. The Series Director is Lewis Cohen, with additional directing by Bachir Bensaddek.

“Cirque du Soleil Fire Within” is a co-production of Galafilm and Créations Musca in association with Global Television Network, ARTV and Bravo USA, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, the FCT: Licence Fee Program, the Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit.

Galafilm, founded by Arnie Gelbart in 1990, is one of Canada’s largest production companies and has earned a worldwide reputation. Galafilm’s over 100 hours of works have been honoured with a number of prestigious awards and received widespread public acclaim. The company is accomplished in genres as varied as documentaries (Cirque du Soleil Fire Within, Chiefs, After Darwin, The Viking Saga, The Valour and the Horror, The War of 1812, North to Nowhere: A Quest for the Pole), children’s programming (Fungus the Bogeyman, The Worst Witch 1-IV, Tale of Teeka), dramatic programming (Agent of Influence, 15/Love, Bliss) and feature films (The Blue Butterfly, Two Thousand and None, Lilies, The Hanging Garden).

Créations Musca
Créations Musca is a subsidiary of Cirque du Soleil Images, which creates original and innovative television, video, film, and music products reflecting the image and spirit of Cirque du Soleil’s shows. To carry out this mandate, it has entered into partnership agreements with such prestigious enterprises as Bravo USA, CBC/Radio-Canada, Granada International, CBC International Sales, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Recent creations include Solstrom (a family television series of 13 60-minute episodes); Cirque du Soleil Presents Varekai (a 90-minute television special, filmed live in Toronto in 2002); Cirque du Soleil Presents Alegría (a 90-minute television special, filmed live in Australia in 2001); Cirque du Soleil Presents Dralion (a 90-minute television special aired in 2000, winner of three Primetime Emmy Awards); Cirque du SoleilTM Journey of Man (a 2D/3D large format film, 2000); Cirque du Soleil Presents Quidam (a 90-minute television special, 1999); and In the Heart of Dralion (a documentary, 1999). More information is available at Cirque du Soleil’s website,