Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards Winning Programs To Be Showcased Online Via The 2012 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery

NAMIC Members' Choice Award To Be Selected From Winning Entries

NEW YORK, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), today announced nominees for the 2012 NAMIC Vision Awards.  Now in its 18th year, the awards recognize original, multi-platform television programming that depicts the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color and best reflects the diversity of the global viewing audience.

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Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., encompassing CNN and its brand of networks, TBS and TNT, garnered 13 nominations to lead all contenders vying for this year's NAMIC Vision Awards.  BET Networks and BET International collectively, earned nine nominations. ESPN and ESPN Deportes, earned a total of seven nods, with HBO also receiving seven.  Other top nominated networks include the newly launched OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with five nominations; Scripps Networks Interactive and Universal Television each garnered four. 

BET Networks, TNT and Universal Television dominated the Comedy and Drama award categories.  BET Networks' "Reed Between the Lines" was this year's top nominated program, garnering Best Performance – Comedy nods for series co-stars, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross.  "Reed Between the Lines" also received a nomination in the Comedy category.  Additionally, Best Performance – Comedy nominees include Luis Guzman, "How to Make It in America" (HBO), Maya Rudolph for "Up All Night" (Universal Television), and Tasha Smith for "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" (TBS).  In addition to "Reed Between the Lines," programs rounding out the Comedy category are: "30 Rock" (Universal Television), "Are We There Yet" (TBS), "Glee" (Fox Broadcasting Company), "Let's Stay Together" (BET Networks), and "The Game" (BET Networks).

TNT led the Best Performance – Drama category with Andre Braugher and Lisa Gay Hamilton garnering nominations for "Men of a Certain Age," Regina King for "Southland," and Jada Pinkett-Smith for "Hawthorne."  Jenifer Lewis and Rosario Dawson were also recognized for their performances in Lifetime's "Five."  This year's Drama category nominees are: "Army Wives" (ABC Studios), "Treme" (HBO), "Southland" (TNT), "Law & Order: SVU" and "Parenthood" (Universal Television).  

Founded in 1994 by NAMIC – Southern California, the 2012 NAMIC Vision Awards are presented in 15 categories: Best Performance – Comedy, Best Performance – Drama, Children's, Comedy, Digital Media – Short Form, Digital Media – Long Form, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Lifestyle, News/Informational, Original Movie or Special, Reality, Sports and Variety/Talk Show.  Winning programs will be showcased via the online event format with the unveiling of the 2012 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery.  Starting in mid-April, :60 second clips of the winning entries in each of the 15 categories may be viewed at http://www.namic.com.   Additionally, NAMIC members will have the opportunity to cast their votes for the NAMIC Members' Choice Award and select their favorite program from the field of winning entries.

"As television viewers become increasingly multi-ethnic and culturally diverse, through the Vision Awards, we are pleased to continue recognizing those entities committed to programming that best reflects the full spectrum of the global audience that our industry serves," said Mitchell Christopher, president, NAMIC – Southern California, and vice president, Operations, Time Warner Cable. 

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 were judged by a distinguished panel of entertainment industry executives.  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 2012 NAMIC Vision Awards follows.  For more information, visit www.namic.com or contact Sandra Girado, director of Meetings and Events, at the NAMIC national headquarters, 212-594-5985.

2012 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominees:

 


BEST PERFORMANCE - COMEDY


Luis Guzman – How to Make It in America – HBO


Maya Rudolph – Up All Night – Universal Television


Michael-Jamal Warner – Reed Between the Lines – BET Networks


Tasha Smith – Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse – TBS


Tracee Ellis Ross – Reed Between the Lines – BET Networks




BEST PERFORMANCE - DRAMA


Andre Braugher – Men of a Certain Age – TNT


Jada Pinkett Smith – Hawthorne – TNT


Jenifer Lewis – Five – Lifetime


Lisa Gay Hamilton – Men of a Certain Age – TNT


Regina King – Southland – TNT


Rosario Dawson – Five – Lifetime




CHILDREN'S


Dora the Explorer – Nickelodeon


El Perro y El Gato – HBO


Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Beyond I Have a Dream – Nickelodeon


The Good Night Show – Sprout


 

COMEDY


30 Rock – Universal Television


Are We There Yet? – TBS


Glee – Fox Broadcasting Company


Let's Stay Together – BET Networks


Reed Between the Lines – Bet Networks


The Game – BET Networks




DIGITAL MEDIA - LONG FORM


Oprah's Lifeclass: Live – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


 

DIGITAL MEDIA - SHORT FORM


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Nickelodeon


Cooking Channel's Lee Anne Wong: Appetizer Advisor – Scripps Networks Interactive


Mexican Pointy Boots – mun2


Latina Transgender Divas Compete for Orange County Pageant Crown – mun2




DOCUMENTARY


Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK – BET Networks


Brick City – Sundance Channel


Common Dreams – CNN


Pictures Don't Lie – CNN


Fab Five – ESPN


Sing Your Song – HBO


 

DRAMA


Army Wives – ABC Studios


Law & Order: SVU – Universal Television


Parenthood – Universal Television


Southland – TNT


Treme – HBO


 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE


Alcanza La Fama - Abel Ullon Webisodes – Time Warner Cable


Christina Cruz – ESPN


Henry Cejudo – ESPN


La Ley Del Miedo – Discovery En Espanol


Operacion Sodoma – Discovery En Espanol




LIFESTYLE


Cooking Channel's Easy Chinese: San Francisco – Scripps Networks Interactive


Cooking Channel's Heat Seekers – Scripps Networks Interactive


Cooking Channel's Spice Goddess – Scripps Networks Interactive


Vive la Salud con la Dra. Azaret: Autismo – CNN En Espanol


The mun2 Look – mun2




NEWS / INFORMATIONAL


2011 BTN LiveBIG Features – Big Ten Network


Education Makeover with CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry – CNN


Freedom Foot Soldiers: A Conversation with TJ Holmes – CNN


Inside Africa - Phoenix: Sundanese Boys Reunited – CNNi


Oprah's Master Class – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network




ORIGINAL MOVIE OR SPECIAL


Pastport: Venezuela – nuvoTV


Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story – Lifetime


The Space Between – USA Network


Thurgood – HBO




REALITY


All-American Muslim – TLC


Beyond Scared Straight – A&E Network


Born to Dance: Laurieann Gibson – BET Networks


Flying Wild Alaska – Discovery Communications


Top Chef – Bravo Media


Welcome to Sweetie Pie's – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network




SPORTS


2011 BTN LiveBIG Features – Big Ten Network


E:60 Deportes Paco Rodriguez – ESPN Deportes


Prayer for a Perfect Season – HBO


The Curious Case of Curt Flood – HBO


The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story – ESPN


The Promise – ESPN




VARIETY / TALK SHOW


Homecoming: The Killing of DJ Henry – BET Networks


MLK: Image of the Black Athlete – ESPN


Oprah's Lifeclass – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


Welcome to America: D'Banj – BET International







NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK/DISTRIBUTOR

ABC Studios - 1                                                                     

TBS - 2

A&E Network - 1                                                                    

TLC - 1

BET Networks - 8                                                                  

TNT - 5

BET International - 1                                                              

Time Warner Cable - 1

Big Ten Networks - 1                                                             

Universal Television - 4

CNN - 4                                                                                  

USA Network - 1

CNN En Espanol - 1


CNNi - 1


Discovery Communications - 1


Discovery En Espanol - 2


ESPN - 6


ESPN Deportes - 1


FOX Broadcasting Company - 1


HBO - 7


Lifetime - 3


mun2 - 2


Nickelodeon - 3


nuvoTV - 1


OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network - 5


Scripps Networks Interactive - 4


Sprout - 1


Sundance Channel - 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 comprises over 2,600 professionals belonging to a network of 16 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, please visit www.namic.com and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and DiversityLive: The Business > Social NAMIC Network.

 

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