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
- Bounce (Miramax Films)
- Pay It Forward (Warner Bros. Pictures/Tapestry Films/Bel Air Entertainment)
- Requiem For a Dream (Artisan Entertainment/Thousand Words/Sibling-Protozoa/Industry Entertainment/Bandeira Entertainment)
- Traffic (USA Films/Initial Entertainment Group/Bedford Falls Co.)
- 28 Days (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)
TV COMEDY SERIES EPISODE
- Becker ÷ "Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em" (Paramount Network Television/Dave Hackel Productions/Industry Entertainment/CBS Entertainment/Paramount Domestic Television)
- Cosby ÷ "Raising Paranoia" (The Carsey-Werner Co./CBS Entertainment/Carsey-Werner Distribution)
- Rude Awakening ÷ "Bottoms Up" (Lions Gate Television/Columbia TriStar Television Distribution/Showtime Networks)
- The Simpsons ÷ "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses" (20th Century Fox Television/Gracie Films/Fox Broadcasting Co./20th Television Corp.)
- That 70's Show ÷ "Hyde's Christmas Rager" (The Carsey-Werner Co./Fox Broadcasting Co./Carsey-Werner Distribution)
TV COMEDY SERIES STORYLINE
- Popular ÷"There's No Place Like Homecoming" (Touchstone Television/Ryan Murphy Productions/Roundtable Ink/The Shephard-Robin Co./The WB Television Network/Buena Vista Television)
- Sex and the City ÷ "Quitting Smoking?" (Darren Star Productions/HBO)
TV DRAMA SERIES EPISODE
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ÷ "Friends and Lovers" (CBS Productions/Bruckheimer Films/Alliance Atlantis Television Productions/CBS Entertainment)
- Family Law ÷ "Playing God" (Columbia TriStar Television/CBS Productions/Paul Haggis Productions/CBS Entertainment/Columbia TriStar Television Distribution)
- Judging Amy ÷ "Blast From the Past" (20th Century Fox Television/Barbara Hall-Joseph Stern Productions/CBS Entertainment/20th Television Corp.)
- Third Watch ÷ "Know Thyself" (Warner Bros. Television/John Wells Productions/NBC Entertainment/Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution)
- The West Wing ÷ "Mandatory Minimums" (Warner Bros. Television/John Wells Productions/NBC Entertainment/Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution)
TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES STORYLINE
- Dawson's Creek ÷"The Agony of Ecstasy" (Granville Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/The WB Television Network/Columbia TriStar Television Distribution)
- E.R. ÷ "Carter's Addiction" (Warner Bros. Television/Amblin Television/Constant c Productions/NBC Entertainment/Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution)
- Felicity ÷ "Alcoholism" (Touchstone Television/Imagine Television/The WB Television Network/Buena Vista Television)
- Resurrection Blvd. ÷"The Story of Paco" (Viacom Productions/Showtime Networks/Paramount Domestic Television)
- 7th Heaven ÷ "Busted"/ "Blind"/ "Bye" (Spelling Television/The WB Television Network/Paramount Domestic Television)
TELEVISION DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES EPISODE OR STORYLINE
- All My Children ÷ "Drunk Driving Revisited" (ABC Daytime)
- Days of Our Lives ÷ "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome" (Columbia TriStar Television/Corday Productions/NBC Entertainment)
- Port Charles ÷ "Karen's Drug Addiction" (ABC Daytime)
TELEVISION CHILDREN'S LIVE ACTION SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL
- City Guys ÷ "Unhappy Hour" (NBC Studios/Peter Engel Productions/NBC Entertainment/NBC Enterprises)
- In a Heart Beat ÷"Friends Don't Let Friends" (Alliance Atlantis Television Productions/The Disney Channel)
- Just Deal ÷ "One For the Road" (NBC Studios/The Tom Lynch Co./NBC Entertainment/NBC Enterprises)
- The Last Party (Channel One News)
TELEVISION BIOGRAPHICAL REALITY SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL
- Biography ÷"Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face" (Peter Jones Productions/Arts & Entertainment Network)
- The E! True Hollywood Story ÷ "Burt Reynolds" (E! Entertainment Television)
- The E! True Hollywood Story ÷ "David Strickland" (E! Entertainment Television)
- Intimate Portrait ÷ "Mackenzie Phillips" (Lifetime Television)
TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY OR NEWSMAGAZINE SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL
- Discovery Health Channel: Urges Within (BBC/Discovery Health Channel)
- Frontline ÷ "Drug Wars" (WGBH/Rain Media/Cambay Productions/Public Broadcasting Service)
- Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way (Tera Media/The History Channel)
- Smashed: Kids and Alcohol (NBC News)
- Teen Files ÷ "The Truth About Drugs" (Arnold Shapiro Productions/Paramount Stations Group/Paramount Domestic Television)
TELEVISION TALK SHOW SERIES EPISODE
- BET Tonight ÷ "Drug Abuse" (Black Entertainment Television)
- The Montel Willams Show ÷ "Deadly Party Drugs" (Paramount Domestic Television/Letnom Productions)
- The Ricki Lake Show ÷ "I Slam Heroin and I'm Only a TeenĚRicki Help Me Before It's Too Late" (Columbia TriStar Television Distribution)
- Trackers÷ "Life in Progress: Alcoholism" (Oxygen Media)
- Trackers÷ "Life in Progress: Substance Abuse" (Oxygen Media)
TELEVISION MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
- The Corner (Blown Deadline Productions/Knee Deep Productions/HBO)
- Holiday Heart (MGM Television Entertainment/Tribeca Productions/Showtime Networks)
- The Natalie Cole Story (Robert Greenwald Productions/NBC Entertainment)
- Trapped in a Purple Haze (The Thomas Carter Co./ABC Entertainment)
COMIC BOOK ISSUE OR CONTINUING STORYLINE
- The Avengers ÷ Vol. 3, #27 ÷ "New Order" (Marvel Comics)
- The Fantastic Four ÷ Vol. 3, #37 ÷ "There's No BusinessĚ" (Marvel Comics)
- Iron Man ÷ Vol. 3, #27 ÷ "The Dream Machine" (Marvel Comics)
- The X-Men ÷ "Cecilia Reyes" (Marvel Comics)
COMMUNITY SERVICE EFFORT
- ABC Classroom Connection (ABC Television Network)
- CBS Cares (CBS Television Network)
- NBC's The More You Know (NBC Television Network)
- TEAM Awards X (Animaction/Kids WB!/The Cartoon Network/The WB Television Network/Sony Pictures Imageworks Online/Bohbot Kids Network)
- Teen Files (Arnold Shapiro Productions/Paramount Television Stations)
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.
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