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.


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   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 or contact Sandra Girado, director of Meetings and Events, at the NAMIC national headquarters, 212-594-5985.

2012 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominees:



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


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


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



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


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



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


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



Army Wives – ABC Studios

Law & Order: SVU – Universal Television

Parenthood – Universal Television

Southland – TNT

Treme – HBO



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


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


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


Pastport: Venezuela – nuvoTV

Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story – Lifetime

The Space Between – USA Network

Thurgood – HBO


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


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


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


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


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 and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and DiversityLive: The Business > Social NAMIC Network.




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