BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fifth Annual Family Television Awards, held last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, recognized honorees in six categories for their contributions to outstanding family entertainment. The show will be televised on The WB Network on Monday August 25, 2003 from 9-10 p.m. Eastern. Jennie Garth of The WB's hit comedy "What I Like About You" and Holly Robinson Peete, who stars in The WB's new comedy "Like Family," co-hosted the Awards. The Family Television Awards are the only awards in which the members of the Association of National Advertisers -- major corporate marketers -- recognize outstanding programming for family viewing. The 44 major national advertisers that participate in the Family Friendly Programming Forum work to encourage the television community to produce more prime-time shows that families can view together. 2003 Family Television Award honorees included: Drama: "American Dreams" (NBC) Comedy: "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ABC) Reality: "American Idol" (FOX) Original Movie: "Door to Door" (TNT) Actor: Treat Williams, "Everwood" (The WB) Actress: Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS) "In five years the Forum has accomplished a great deal, thanks in part to the ongoing support of the Association of National Advertisers and the rest of the advertising and television community. We have received thousands of letters from consumers strongly endorsing our achievements," said Andrea Alstrup, Forum founder and Co-Chair, Corporate Vice President, Johnson & Johnson. "We heartily congratulate all of last evening's honorees. They are at the forefront of a powerful movement which is connecting with TV viewers of all ages." "Last night we toasted a renaissance in television that began just five years ago. Family fare is quickly becoming a dominant force in primetime. The shows, producers and talent we honored should be proud of their accomplishments, but it is the American family that is the real honoree," said Kaki Hinton, of the Family Friendly Programming Forum Executive Committee and Vice President Advertising Services for the Pfizer Consumer Group. The Family Television Awards Show will be produced by Dick Clark Productions for the fifth consecutive year. Executive Producers: Dick Clark and Al Schwartz; Producer: Barry Adelman; Consulting Producer: Ron Weed; Co-producer Michael Richards; Director: Chris Donovan; Writers: Barry Adelman and Ed Driscoll. Stars scheduled to participate in the Awards program include: Lance Bass of the group *NSYNC, Amanda Bynes ("What I Like About You"), Kaley Cuoco ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"), Amy Davidson ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"), actress/songwriter Haylie Duff, Dakota Fanning ("Uptown Girls"), Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls"), Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"), Bonnie Hunt ("Life with Bonnie"), George Lopez ("George Lopez"), Vanessa Lengies ("American Dreams"), Joe Mantegna ("Joan of Arcadia"), Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), John Ritter ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"), Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville"), Katey Sagal ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"), Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol"), Ashlee Simpson ("7th Heaven"), Brittany Snow ("American Dreams"), Martin Spanjers ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"), Tom Welling ("Smallville") and Milo Ventimiglia ("Gilmore Girls"). Additional information about the Family Television Awards and other initiatives of the Family Friendly Programming Forum can be found at www.familytelevisionawards.com. The Family Friendly Programming Forum is comprised of the following companies: Ace Hardware Corporation, AT&T Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eastman Kodak Company, FedEx Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, Inc., General Motors Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, H&R Block, Inc., Hallmark Cards, Inc., Hershey Foods Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, KFC Corporation, Kraft Foods, Liberty Mutual, Masterfoods Incorporated (M&M/Mars), McCormick & Company, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, Merck & Company, Inc., Nestle USA, Inc., Novartis, PepsiCo, Inc., Pfizer Inc, Schering-Plough Corporation, Sears, Roebuck and Co., Sprint Communications, State Farm Insurance Companies, Texas Instruments Incorporated, The Coca-Cola Company, The Gillette Company, The J.M. Smucker Co., The Lowe's Cos., Inc., The Procter & Gamble Company, Tyson Foods, Inc., Unilever United States, Inc., Verizon Communications, Wachovia Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Welch Foods, Inc., Wellpoint Health Networks and Wendy's International, Inc. The WB is America's fifth broadcast network. It launched on January 11, 1995 and, this past season, was the fastest-growing network on television among 18-34 year-olds. Its most-watched show is the family drama 7TH HEAVEN, and also among its strongest performers are GILMORE GIRLS, born out of The Family Friendly Programming Forum's Script Development Deal, SMALLVILLE, REBA, WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU. This season the network will premiere three more shows, which were initially developed through the script development deal -- LIKE FAMILY, ALL ABOUT THE ANDERSONS and STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME.
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