Showtime Wins Big At NAMIC's Visions


Showtime's original movies and series captured a trio of honors at the 9th annual NAMIC Vision Awards last Friday.

The industry group was slated to present the Vision Awards, which honors the best in cross-cultural programming on March 29 in Los Angeles.

Showtime notched three awards, including two for Keep the Faith, Baby, an original biopic about U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of New York.

The film was recognized as best drama, while lead actor Harry Lennix shared the individual dramatic performance accolade with Michael DeLorenzo, who played Carlos on the premium network's now-cancelled original series Resurrection Blvd.

Rival HBO grabbed the documentary award for My Khmer Heart, which was produced under the "Cinemax Reel Life" title, according to NAMIC. The network's special John Leguizamo's Sexaholic
won the award for best comedy performance.

The coveted North Star went to Lifetime Television.

Also, Quasar Awards for individual industry accomplishment were presented to Black Entertainment Television president and COO Debra Lee, VH1 general manager Christina Norman, National Geographic Channel president Laureen Ong and CNBC president and CEO Pamela Thomas-Graham.

Other NAMIC Vision Award winners included:

  • Children's:Nick News Special Edition: The Faces Of Hope, The Children Of Afghanistan,
  • Music/Variety:Walk Of Fame With Stevie Wonder, Black Entertainment Television;
  • News/Informational:Seasons of Change: The African American Athlete, ESPN;
  • Comedic Performance:
    Kyla Pratt, The Proud Family, Disney Channel;
  • Foreign Language:Hawaii Arirang,
    The Asian Network.