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FOR RELEASE, March 21, 2000

Oscar Nominee, "The Insider," Receives Top Honors At Prism Awards™ 2000


The National Institute on Drug Abuse, in partnership with The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, today awarded the PRISM Awards™ 2000 for accurate depiction of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction in television, feature film, and comic book entertainment, as well as community service efforts and individual volunteerism. The ceremony, which was taped for syndicated telecast in late summer by Tribune Entertainment, was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel and was hosted by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Mackenzie Phillips, and Dave Coulier.

"The Insider," Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, received the PRISM Award for Theatrical Feature Film. Other PRISMs were awarded to episodes of the WB's "Smart Guy," NBC's "Suddenly Susan" and "E.R," ABC's "Once and Again," and to HBO's TV movie, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker received PRISM Heritage Awards for their roles in the film "Clean and Sober." In total, 13 winners were selected out of 51 nominees and 158 submissions.

"Loveline" host Dr. Drew Pinsky, "Family Law" star Kathleen Quinlan, and "The West Wing" co-star John Spencer presented The Larry Stewart Leadership and Inspiration Awards to daytime talk show host Leeza Gibbons, documentary producer Arnold Shapiro, and actor Martin Sheen. The awards are named in memory of the writer/director/producer and founding board director of EIC.

Sheen was recognized for his social activism and devotion to issues of substance abuse, family, and fatherhood. Gibbons was honored for consistently serving as a positive role model to the entertainment industry and the public, and for her work addressing addiction. Shapiro was selected for the many shows he has produced, including "Scared Straight" and "Teen Files," which shed light on smoking, drug abuse, and alcoholism.

Recipients of the PRISM Awards included:

THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM

  • The Insider (Touchstone Pictures)

TV COMEDY SERIES EPISODE

  • Smart Guy "Never Too Young" (WB/Touchstone TV/de Passe Entertainment)

TV COMEDY SERIES CONTINUING STORYLINE

  • Suddenly Susan "Maddy's Intervention" (NBC/Warner Bros. TV)

TV PRIME TIME DRAMA SERIES CONTINUING STORYLINE

  • E.R. "Hathaway's Choice" (NBC/Warner Bros. TV/Amblin/Constant c Productions)

TV DRAMA SERIES EPISODE

  • Once and Again "Outside Hearts" (ABC/Touchstone TV/Bedford Falls Co.)

TV DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES EPISODE OR CONTINUING STORYLINE

  • As The World Turns "Episode 10,927" (CBS/Proctor & Gamble Prods.)

TV MOVIE, MINI-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

  • Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (Home Box Office/HBO Pictures)

TV CHILDREN'S ANIMATED SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL

  • Batman Beyond "The Winning Edge" (Kids WB!/Warner Bros. TV Animation)

TV CHILDREN'S LIVE ACTION SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL

  • City Guys "Raise the Roofie" (NBC/NBC Studios/Peter Engel Prods.)

TV REALITY SERIES EPISODE OR SPECIAL (tie)

  • Tobacco Wars (The Learning Channel/BBC News)
  • In the Mix "Drug Abuse: Altered States" (PBS/Castle Works)

TV TALK SHOW EPISODE

  • Leeza "Back from the Brink: One Woman's Journey" (Paramount Domestic TV/Leeza Gibbons Enterprises)

COMIC BOOK ISSUE OR CONTINUING STORYLINE

  • Iron Man Vol. 3, #24-25 "Carol Danvers' Story II" (Marvel Comics)

COMMUNITY SERVICE EFFORT

  • NBC's The More You Know (NBC Television Network)

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERISM

  • Dale Olson (volunteer, The Actors Fund)


NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports 85% of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction, and carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation on policy and practice.

EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by the entertainment industry to lead the industry in bringing its power and influence to bear on health and social issues.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, New Jersey, is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. Its goal areas include: to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse - tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.

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