Cable Nets on `Vision' Quest

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With just over a week before the presentation of the annual Vision Awards,
the National Association of Minorities in Communications finally revealed who's
in the hunt for them.

Showtime leads the networks in line for NAMIC's salute to original
multicultural cable programming achievements, garnering 10 nominations. Home Box
Office picked up eight nominations, with CNN and Disney Channel garnering six
nominations apiece. Nominated programs include: Soul Food and
Resurrection Blvd. (Showtime); Boycott and Disappearing Acts
(HBO); and Beneath The Veil (CNN).

Nickelodeon, which will receive a special North Star honor, copped three
nominations for Little Bill, Tania and The Brothers Garcia.
Another special award will go to Univision executive Eduardo Quezada. Galavision
and Indian-language programmer Zee TV also earned two nominations apiece for
series.

A NAMIC spokesperson said the nomination announcements were late because the
judging of this year's entry pool wasn't completed until April 2, must later
than anticipated.

NAMIC's Southern California chapter administers the Vision Awards, which will
be presented April 12 in Los Angeles. Reed Business Information, the parent
company of Multichannel News, is a co-sponsor.

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