NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced the winners of the 24th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards. Presented in partnership with NAMIC – Southern California, the awards honor original, multiplatform television programming that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the viewing audience. Presented through an online format, winning programs are now being showcased via the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery at http://namicvisionawards.com.
HBO led all networks and distributors with five NAMIC Vision Awards. HBO's original series, "Insecure" was this year's Comedy category winner with the show's star, Issa Rae awarded Best Performance - Comedy. Rounding out HBO's five wins are awards for the original programs, "All the Way" (Original Movie or Special), "Terrance Crawford: My Fight" (Sports), and "Lemonade" (Variety/Talk Show). Notably, the Variety Talk/Show category resulted in a tie with "Lemonade" sharing top honors with National Geographic's "Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson." In addition, ABC's primetime series, "Secrets and Lies," also tied with BET Networks' original program, "Being Mary Jane" for top honors in the Drama category. Best Performance - Drama was awarded to Anika Noni Rose for her portrayal of Kizzy in HISTORY's reimagining of the miniseries "Roots." HISTORY's original documentary, "Roots: A New Vision," featuring interviews with historians, the cast and producers of the miniseries is this year's winner in the Documentary category.
"Congratulations are extended to the winners of the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards," said Tisha Harris, president, NAMIC – Southern California and director, Programming, Z Living. "As our industry's consumer base becomes increasingly diverse, the production of ethnically and culturally relevant content is central to our industry's sustainability. NAMIC – Southern California in collaboration with NAMIC National is pleased to continue our tradition of recognizing achievements in the advancement of multiplatform programming diversity."
A total of 32 nominated networks and distributors competed for programming diversity honors in 18 award categories: Animation, Children's, Comedy, Best Performance - Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Best Performance - Drama, Foreign Language, Lifestyle, News/Informational, Original Movie or Special, Reality, Reality - Social Issues, Sports, Variety/Talk Show, and Digital Media - Short Form. In addition to HBO's five awards, BET Networks, ESPN, and HISTORY each garnered wins in two categories. Networks and distributors garnering wins in a single category include ABC, CBS, CNN, Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic, Disney Junior, National Geographic, Powerhouse Productions, Sprout, and VH1.
Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of entertainment industry executives and content creators. 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. Eligibility to compete for NAMIC Vision Awards is extended to national broadcast and cable networks, local affiliates, local origination programs from cable operators and VOD content produced for digital platforms.
A complete winners list for the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards follows. For more information or to view the Winners Gallery, visit http://namicvisionawards.com or contact Sandra Girado, vice president, Events and Partner Relations, NAMIC at 212-594-5985.
2017 NAMIC Vision Awards - Winners
Disney Junior – Sofia the First
Awards & Honors
VH1 – Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens
Best Performance - Comedy
HBO – Issa Rae: Insecure
Best Performance - Drama
HISTORY – Anika Noni Rose: Roots
Sprout – Nina's World
HBO – Insecure
CBS – The Talk
Digital Media - Short Form
Powerhouse Productions – Harlem on My Plate
HISTORY – Roots: A New Vision
ABC – Secrets and Lies
BET Networks – Being Mary Jane
Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic – Pancho Villa: Se Busca Vivo o Muerto
CNN – Special Projects: Breakthrough Women
BET Networks – Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement
Original Movie or Special
HBO – All the Way
ESPN – SC Featured: Chubbtown
Reality - Social Issues
ESPN – Rise Up: A SportsCenter Special
HBO – Terrance Crawford: My Fight
Variety/Talk Show (tie)
HBO – Lemonade
National Geographic – StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson
2017 NAMIC Vision Awards - Winners by Network/Distributor
ABC - 1
BET Networks - 2
CBS - 1
Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic - 1
Disney Junior - 1
ESPN - 2
HBO - 5
HISTORY - 2
National Geographic - 1
Powerhouse Productions - 1
Sprout - 1
VH1 - 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 3,000 professionals belonging to a network of 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, Instagram and YouTube.
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