Family Television Awards Honor Six for Family Friendly Programming 'American Dreams,' 'American Idol,' '8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,' 'Door to Door,' Treat Williams and Patricia Heaton Honored Awards Ceremony to Air on The WB Network on August 25 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern



    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.
 
 

SOURCE Family Friendly Programming Forum

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