‘NAMIC Vision Awards’ Nominees Announced

2/23/2006 5:51 AM Eastern

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications announced the nominations for its “12th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards.”

The Vision Awards recognize achievements in diversity on the creative side of the cable and telecommunications arena.

Los Angeles MayorAntonio Villaraigosa will give the keynote welcome address at this year’s event, “Spotlight on a Brighter Vision,” to be held Tuesday, April 18, at theRegent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

A record total of 25 cable networks received nominations in the 11 categories.

MTV Networks led the pack with seven, followed by Home Box Office and Black Entertainment Television with five apiece. Zee TV earned four nominations.

Three nods apiece went to A&E Network, Disney Channel, Showtime and Turner Network Television. Networks picking up a pair were AZN, Black Family Channel, Cable News Network, Comedy Central and The History Channel.

Single nominations were earned by The Africa Channel, AmericanLife TV Network, BBC America, College Sports Television, ESPN, Fine Living, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Television, Oxygen, Sí TV, Starz InBlack and Turner South.

“The record number of networks receiving nominations is reflective of the cable industry's commitment to create quality, entertaining and culturally diverse programming," NAMIC executive vice president Kathy Johnson said in a prepared statement. "Recognizing their achievements by honoring these works remains one of NAMIC's highest priorities."