10 Nets Garner Vision Awards


There were no runaway winners at the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications’ 10th Annual Vision Awards ceremony last week, as 10 networks garnered accolades for their commitment to programming diversity.

NAMIC also presented special honors to Disney Channel (North Star Award),

California Cable & Telecommunications Association president and general counsel and Walter Kaitz Foundation founding director Spencer Kaitz (Quasar Award) and de Passe Entertainment chairman and CEO Suzanne de Passe (Legacy Award).

The Vision Awards honor industry executives, organizations and networks that have demonstrated a commitment to producing quality multiethnic and cross-cultural original programming.

The awards show, hosted by actor/comedian Robert Townsend, drew a capacity crowd of more than 600 attendees, according to NAMIC executives.

The winners were:

• Children’s: MTV: Music Television/Nickelodeon, The Brothers Garcia (Mysteries of the Maya).

• Comedic Performance: Comedy Central, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle's Show.

• Comedy: Oxygen, Hey Monie.

• Documentary (tie) American Movie Classics, Hell Up in Hollywood: Soul Cinema and the 1970s; and Court TV, Al Roker Investigates: The Farmingville Incident.

• Dramatic Performance: Home Box Office, Antonio Banderas, And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself …

• Drama: Showtime, Jasper, Texas.

• News/Informational: ESPN, Outside the Lines.

• Foreign Language: Zee TV, Special Correspondent.

• Music/Variety: Black Entertainment Television, Darryl "Chill" Mitchell, Turnstyle.