NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) in collaboration with NAMIC – Southern California is now accepting entries for the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards. For nearly two decades, since the inception of the Vision Awards in 1994, NAMIC has honored the television industry's achievements in programming diversity. The 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards marks the 20th anniversary of the competition and its tradition of recognizing original, multi-platform programming depicting the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color and that best reflects the diversity of the global viewing audience. Qualified entries received by the Friday, January 10, 2014 submissions deadline will be eligible for consideration.
"The media and entertainment landscape is ever-changing with the content arena growing exponentially and consumers becoming increasingly diverse," said Alicin Williamson, principal, The Raben Group and interim executive leader of NAMIC. "Through the Vision Awards, NAMIC is honored to celebrate creators fostering programming diversity across video platforms as well as those entities that are green lighting their works."
Original programs having aired from November 1, 2012 to November 10, 2013 are eligible for submission. Entries are being accepted in 18 award categories: Animation, Awards & Honors, Children's, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Lifestyle, News/Informational, Original Movie or Special, Reality, Reality-Social Issues, Sports, Variety/Talk Show, Best Performance – Comedy, Best Performance – Drama, Digital Media – Short Form and Digital Media – Long Form.
The NAMIC Vision Awards competition extends eligibility to:
- Broadcast Networks (National, Network-Owned and Operated, Affiliates)
- Cable Networks (National and Regional)
- Cable Operators (Local Origination Programs)
- Syndicators (First-Run Original Programs)
- VOD (Cable and/or Broadcast Content for Digital Platforms Including Web/Mobile)
Judging will be focused on overall imagery (creative merit, originality and presentation); sensitivity (the consideration given to cultural nuances); writing (the depiction of issues of relevant to people of color); and the quality of acting in the performance categories. A distinguished group of entertainment industry executives and content creators will comprise the judging panel. Nominations will be announced in early April 2014.
For more information on the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards or to access nomination forms and detailed eligibility/submission requirements, visit http://www.namic.com or contact Sandra Girado, senior director of Meetings and Events, NAMIC at 212-594-5985.
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 2,200 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, and Twitter.