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"Traffic," "28 Days," "Sex and the City" & "West Wing" Among Nominees for the 5th Annual PRISM Awards
NBC, CBS & WB Lead Network Pack; Columbia TriStar, Paramount, Warner Bros. Lead Studios

LOS ANGELES, January 31, 2001 — Nominations for the 5th Annual PRISM AwardsTM were announced today at CBS Television City in Los Angeles by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC). Fifty-six nominees were selected from among a total of 248 submissions ÷ a 57% increase in submissions over last year. The awards will be presented April 4, 2001 on a soundstage at CBS Television City.

The 5th Annual PRISM Awards, which is presented in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health, is the entertainment industry's annual recognition for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in movies, television, video, music, interactive and comic book entertainment. The awards telecast will be distributed throughout the United States by Tribune Entertainment Company.

EIC President and CEO Brian Dyak said, "It's gratifying to see such growth again this year. We are encouraged by the number of past PRISM honorees returning to the PRISM family, as well as the number of new entrants joining the fold. Clearly, the majority in our industry take very seriously the need to include accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in movies and on television."

Among the television networks, NBC led the pack with 9 nominations, followed by CBS (6); The WB (5); ABC (4); Showtime (3); FOX, HBO, E!, A&E, Oxygen and The Cartoon Network (2 each); Discovery, The Disney Channel, Lifetime, PBS, and BET (one each).

The major studios and productions companies' nominations ranked as follows: Columbia TriStar dominated with 7 (including a feature film nod for "28 Days"); Paramount had 6 (including a television nod for CBS' "Becker"); Warner Bros. had 4 (including television nods for NBC's "The West Wing" and "Third Watch"); Buena Vista had 3; 20th Century Fox had 2; and MGM had one. Additional entertainment companies represented by the nominees include among others Carsey-Werner, Alliance Atlantis TV Productions, Industry Entertainment, John Wells Productions, and Arnold Shapiro Productions (2 each); as well as Artisan Entertainment, USA Films/Studios USA TV, Paul Haggis Productions, and Darren Star Productions. Marvel Comics also ranked in four nominations.

Helping to announce the nominations were Julie Warner of "Family Law" (nominated), "NYPD Blue's" Gordon Clapp and "To Tell the Truth" host and formerly J. Peterman on "Seinfeld," John O'Hurley.

The nominees for the 5th Annual PRISM Awards are:

THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM

TV COMEDY SERIES EPISODE

TV COMEDY SERIES STORYLINE

TV DRAMA SERIES EPISODE

TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES STORYLINE

TELEVISION DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES EPISODE OR STORYLINE

TELEVISION CHILDREN'S LIVE ACTION SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL

TELEVISION BIOGRAPHICAL REALITY SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL

TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY OR NEWSMAGAZINE SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL

TELEVISION TALK SHOW SERIES EPISODE

TELEVISION MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

COMIC BOOK ISSUE OR CONTINUING STORYLINE

COMMUNITY SERVICE EFFORT

EIC is a non÷profit organization founded in 1983 by the entertainment industry to lead the industry in bringing its power and influence to bear on health and social issues. Its web sites are located at www.eiconline.org and www.prismawards.com.

NIDA, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, supports 85% of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute also carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation on policy and practice.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, New Jersey, is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It became a national philanthropy in 1972 with the receipt of a bequest from the industrialist whose name it bears and has since made more than $3 billion in grants. The Foundation's current assets total over $7 billion and it makes about $400 million a year in awards to improve the health and health care of all Americans. At any given time, the Foundation's grants support approximately 2,300 projects in communities nationwide.

Tribune Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Tribune Broadcasting Company,is involved in the production and distribution of an extensive slate of programming, including the weekly action/adventure hours "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda," starring Kevin Sorbo, "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final╩Conflict," "BeastMaster;" the weekly "Soul Train" series, as well as numerous telefilms and television specials.╩ Currently, Tribune Entertainment is set to launch its new weekly action hour "Mutant X" andreality relationship strip "Talk or Walk" in fall 2001. For more information on Tribune Entertainment, please visit the company's web site at www.tribtv.com.

Tribune Broadcasting owns and operates 22 major market television stations, including national superstation WGN. Tribune reaches more than 75 percent of U.S. television households, including cable and satellite coverage, and owns minority interests in The WB Television Network and the TV Food Network. Tribune also owns and operates four radio stations, including three stations in Denver and WGN-AM in Chicago. In addition, the company owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team.