HBO Garners Eight Nominations for the 2010 NAMIC Vision Awards Recognizing Achievements in Television Programming Diversity HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" And NBC/Universal Media Studios' "30 Rock" Receive Two Nominations Each To Top All Nominated Series

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations for the 2010 NAMIC Vision Awards were announced today by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).  Now in its 16th year, the NAMIC Vision Awards honor original multi-ethnic and cross-cultural television programming that best reflects the diversity of the global viewing audience.  The NAMIC Vision Awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

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A total of 27 networks and producers/distributors representing a wide range of programming generated 59 nominations for awards presented in 15 categories: Animation; Children's; Comedy; Documentary; Drama; Foreign Language; Lifestyle; News/Informational; Original Movie or Special; Reality; Sports; Variety/Talk Show; Best Performance – Comedy; Best Performance – Drama; and Digital Media (Short Form).  Original programs that aired between the dates of November 1, 2008 and October 31, 2009 were eligible for consideration.  

HBO led the field of contenders for the 2010 NAMIC Vision Awards with eight nominations including two for HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," which received a nod in the Drama category and a Best Performance – Drama nomination for actor and recording artist, Jill Scott.  Additional Best Performance – Drama nominees include: Cicely Tyson for the Hallmark Channel's "Relative Stranger," and actor Russell Hornsby, who garnered two nominations for ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights" and HBO's "In Treatment."  Hornsby is the first actor in NAMIC Vision Awards history to receive multiple nominations in a single performance category.

NBC/Universal Media Studios' "30 Rock" also garnered multiple nominations, receiving a nod in the Comedy category and a Best Performance – Comedy nomination for actor Tracy Morgan.   Additional nominees for Best Performance – Comedy include: Dana Davis for ABC Family's "10 Things I Hate About You," Dilshad Vadasaria for ABC Family's "Greek," Margaret Cho for Lifetime Television's "Drop Dead Diva," and Dule Hill for USA Network's "Psych."    

Programs nominated in the Comedy category in addition to "30 Rock" include: Lifetime Network's "Sherri," and HBO's "George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano" and "Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me."  Nominees joining HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" in the Drama category include ABC Network's "Grey's Anatomy," TNT's "Hawthorne," and NBC/Universal Media Studios' "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."  

"The television viewing audience is becoming more ethnically and culturally diverse," said Marco Williams, vice president, Affiliate Marketing, The Africa Channel and president, NAMIC-Southern California.  "NAMIC is proud to continue recognizing those entities that remain committed to producing original content across all digital entertainment platforms that accurately reflects the full spectrum of our world's populace."

The NAMIC Vision Awards competition extends eligibility to national broadcast and cable networks; local affiliates; local origination programs from cable operators; and VOD content produced for digital platforms.  Entries are judged by a distinguished panel comprised of communications industry executives, producers, and scholars.  Judging is focused on overall imagery (creative merit, originality, and presentation quality), sensitivity (the consideration given to cultural nuances), writing (the depiction of issues relevant to people of color) and the quality of acting in the performance categories.

A complete list of nominees for the 2010 NAMIC Vision Awards follows.  For more information contact Sandra Girado, director, Meetings and Events, at the NAMIC national headquarters, 212-594-5985, ext. 23.  Sponsorship and ticket/table purchase inquiries should be directed to Danny McGlone, vice president of Fund Development, NAMIC at 212-594-5985 ext. 13.  

ANIMATION

Handy Manny - The Disney Channel

The Backyardigans - Nickelodeon


BEST PERFORMANCE – COMEDY

Dana Davis: 10 Things I Hate About You - ABC Family

Dilshad Vadasaria: Greek - ABC Family

Dule Hill: Psych - USA Network

Margaret Cho: Drop Dead Diva - Lifetime Television

Tracy Morgan: 30 Rock - NBC/Universal Media Studios


BEST PERFORMANCE – DRAMA

Cicely Tyson: Relative Stranger - Hallmark Channel

Jill Scott: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - HBO

Russell Hornsby: In Treatment - HBO

Russell Hornsby: Lincoln Heights - ABC Family


CHILDREN'S

Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices - HBO

Dora The Explorer - Nickelodeon

Go, Diego, Go! - Nickelodeon

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: We Shall Not Be Moved - Nickelodeon


COMEDY

30 Rock - NBC/Universal Media Studios

George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano - HBO

Sherri - Lifetime Television

Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me - HBO


DIGITAL MEDIA - SHORT FORM

Buppies - BET Networks

Comcast Celebrates South Florida Black History - Comcast

John Legend; Obama - Most American President - MTV Networks

Will.i.am Pea Pod Foundation - MTV Networks


DOCUMENTARY

Breast Cancer Examined: An African American Perspective - TV One, LLC

By The People: The Election of Barack Obama - HBO

CNN Presents: Black in America 2 - CNN

CNN Presents: Latino in America - CNN


DRAMA

Grey's Anatomy - ABC Network

Hawthorne - TNT

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - NBC/Universal Media Studios

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - HBO


FOREIGN LANGUAGE

El Rescate Perfecto - Discovery en Espanol

La Gripe Letal - Discovery en Espanol

La Marcha De Las Uvas - Discovery en Espanol

Major League Baseball Pre-Game Show - Fox Sports en Espanol


LIFESTYLE

Adrenalina - Si TV

Black Canvas - Gail & Okamoto - EBRU TV

Rajo Red: The Business of Elegance - GMA Network, Inc.

World in America - Guyana - EBRU TV


NEWS/INFORMATIONAL

Anderson Cooper 360: Black in America 2 Preview - CNN

CNN Presents: Reclaiming the Dream II - CNN

Critical Condition: What's at Stake in Health Care Reform - BET News

Up From a Past: African American Firsts - CNN


ORIGINAL MOVIE OR SPECIAL

America - Sony Pictures Television

Gifted Hands - TNT

The BET Honors 2009 - BET Networks

TV ONE Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival - TV One, LLC


REALITY

MADE - MTV Networks

Monica: Still Standing - BET Networks

Project Runway - Lifetime Television

The T.O. Show - VH1


SPORTS

Carry On - ESPN

James Stewart: King of the Hill - E:60/ESPN

Kim NG - Kim Possible - E:60/ESPN

The Enough Project - ESPN Deportes


VARIETY/TALK SHOW

Lens on Talent: Johnson & Johnson Presents a Filmmaker's Challenge - BET Networks

Soundtracks at Red Kiva - The Africa Channel

Sunday Best 2 - BET Networks

We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at Lincoln Memorial - HBO


NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK/DISTRIBUTOR  


HBO - 8

CNN - 5

BET Networks - 5

Nickelodeon - 4

ABC Family - 3

Discovery en Espanol - 3

Lifetime Television - 3

MTV Networks - 3

NBC/Universal Media Studios - 3

EBRU TV - 2

E:60/ESPN - 2

TNT - 2

TV ONE, LLC - 2

ABC Network - 1

BET News - 1

Comcast - 1

ESPN - 1

ESPN Deportes - 1

Fox Sports en Espanol - 1

GMA Network - 1

Hallmark Channel - 1

Si TV - 1

Sony Pictures Television - 1

The Africa Channel - 1

The Disney Channel - 1

USA Network - 1

VH1 - 1


About NAMIC

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC is comprised of 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information on NAMIC, visit www.namic.com.

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