Cable Nets Gather Vision Awards


Home Box Office was the big winner at the 2002 Vision Awards April 12,
reaping three of the National Association of Minorities in Communications'
annual trophies for diversity-programming achievement.

The premium network won for its acclaimed made-for-TV movie, Boycott
(best drama); an episode of Arli$$ (best comedy); and Spin City
co-star Michael Boatman's guest turn in another Arli$$ episode (best
comedic performance).

The comedic-performance category provided a rare tie outcome, with Boatman
joined by Tommy Davidson for a voice-over performance on The Proud
, Disney Channel's animated hit.

Disney picked up a second Vision for an episode of The Famous Jett
(best children's show).

Other Vision honors went to Lifetime Television for its Rosa Parks
Intimate Portrait episode (best documentary); TBS Superstation for the
2001 edition of its Trumpet Awards special (music/variety program); Cable
News Network for The Struggle for Islam (best news/information program);
Gregory Hines' portrayal of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in Showtime movie
Bojangles (best drama performance); and Indian programmer Zee TV for
Antakshari (best foreign-language program).

Special achievement awards were presented to Nickelodeon for its
diversity-series track record and Univision Communications Inc. Los
Angeles-based anchorman Eduardo Quezada for his journalistic

Multichannel News parent Reed Business Information was a co-sponsor of
this year's Vision Awards. NAMIC instituted the awards in 1995 through its
Southern California chapter to reward outstanding cable productions featuring or
produced by people of color.