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NIDA Announces 7th Annual "PRISM" Award Winners


For Release May 8, 2003

VAL KILMER, NEVE CAMPBELL, BERNIE MAC, TIM MATHESON, JOHN SPENCER and NOAH WYLE RECEIVE TOP HONORS AT THE 7th Annual PRISM Awards ™

"ER," "Yes Dear," "The Bernie Mac Show," "VH1's Behind the Music: Aerosmith," Kenny Chesney and Ivan Neville Also Receive PRISM Nods

Veteran Actor James Woods and Tribune Entertainment Company President and CEO Dick Askin Receive Special Presentations

LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2003 -Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Bernie Mac, John Spencer, Tim Matheson and Noah Wyle received PRISM Awards for individual performances in film and television at the 7th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony which was held today at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre in Hollywood. This is the first time that actors have been recognized for outstanding performances since the award show's inception. The 7th Annual PRISM Awards will air as a one-hour television special on the FX Network, Sunday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (NIDA), the 7th Annual PRISM Awards recognize accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in television, feature film, music and comic book entertainment.

Celebrities involved in the ceremony included James Woods, Tim Matheson, Andy Dick, Michael Chiklis, John Cusack, Noah Wyle, Tom Brokow, Kenny Chesney, John Spencer, Bernie Mac, Neve Campbell, Dr. Drew Pinskey, Ananda Lewis, Kevin Sorbo, Kellita Smith, Camille Winbush, Maria Bello, Mary McDonough, Tracee Ellis Ross, Orlando Jones, Kristoff St. John, Sara Rue, Michele Lee, Ivan Neville, Khrystyne Haje and Harold Becker.

PRISMs were awarded to Kilmer for Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film, "Salton Sea;" Campbell for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries, "Last Call;" Mac for Performance in a Comedy Series, "The Bernie Mac Show;" Matheson and Spencer (tied) for Performance in a Drama Series Episode, "The West Wing;" and Wyle for Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline,"E R." Other PRISMs were awarded to the feature film "Skins;" NBC's "ER;" FOX's "The Bernie Mac Show;" CBS' "Yes Dear" and "The Young and the Restless;" Lifetime's "Strong Medicine;" VH1's "Behind the Music: Aerosmith;" "The E! True Hollywood Story: Andy Dick;" MTV's "Flipped" and "Wasted;" WB's "Ozzy and Drix;" and the NBC Documentary "Sudden Impact: The Ripple Effects of Drunk Driving." PRISMs also were presented to BNA recording artist Kenny Chesney ("The Good Stuff") and Ivan Neville ("Ode to 5 a.m.") who tied in the Music Recording category. The recipient of the PRISM Film Festival Award, which is presented to films that have not yet been released but are playing the festival circuit, was "Never Get Outta the Boat." "Cat Woman" was awarded in the Comic Book category.

Film director Harold Becker presented Emmy Award-winning actor James Woods with the prestigious PRISM Heritage Award in recognition of his portrayals in "My Name is Bill W" and the Becker-directed "The Boost". Past PRISM Heritage Awards, which are given for performances in productions released prior to the inception of the PRISM Awards, have gone to Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker.

In addition, Tribune Entertainment Company President and CEO Dick Askin received the Larry Stewart Leadership & Inspiration Award for his support of EIC activities that help deliver drug related messages to the viewing public via television. The award, which is presented for leadership and inspiration by example, is named in memory of veteran writer/producer/director Larry Stewart, a founding Board Director of EIC.

Producing the show were Hank Saroyan and Chantel Sausedo. Sandi F. Fullerton directed, Milt Hoffman served as Executive in Charge of Production, and Ed Driscoll wrote the show. Executive Producers of the PRISM Awards are Brian Dyak, Marie Dyak and Lawrence Scot Deutchman. Tom Nunan served as Executive Producer for Bull's Eye Entertainment. The show is an Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. production in association with White Sneakers, Inc. and Bull's Eye Entertainment.

The complete list of PRISM Awards recipients are:

Theatrical Feature Film
Skins
(First Look Media/Grandview Pictures/Starz Encore Entertainment/First Look Pictures)

Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film
Val Kilmer - Salton Sea

PRISM Film Festival Award
Never Get Outta the Boat
(Lot 47 Films/New Crime Productions/Blow-Up Pictures)

Comedy Series Episode for Television
Yes, Dear - "Jimmy Saves the Day"
(20th Century Fox Television/CBS Productions/Amigos De Garcia Productions/ Cherry Tree Entertainment/CBS Entertainment)

Comedy Series Multi-Episode Storyline for Television
The Bernie Mac Show - "Sweet Home Chicago"
(Regency Television/20th Century Fox Television/Fox Broadcasting Co.)

Performance in a Comedy Series
Bernie Mac - The Bernie Mac Show

Drama Series Episode for Television
Strong Medicine - "Contraindications"
(Sony Pictures Television/Wooster Productions/One Ho Productions/By the Lake Productions/Lifetime Television)

Performance in a Drama Series Episode for Television
Tim Matheson and John Spencer - The West Wing

Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for Television
ER - "Abby's Alcoholism"
(Warner Bros. Television/Amblin Television/Constant c Productions/ NBC Entertainment)

Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
Noah Wyle - ER

Daytime Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for Television
The Young and the Restless - "Episodes #7447 & 7450"
(Sony Pictures Television/CBS Entertainment)

Movie or Miniseries for Television
Wasted
(MTV Original TV Movies/ New Line Television/MTV Network)

Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries
Neve Campbell - Last Call

Children's Live Action or Animated Series Episode or Special for Television
Ozzy and Drix - "Where There's Smoke"
(Warner Bros. Television Animation/Conundrum Entertainment/Kids WB!)

Teen Non-Fiction Series Episode or Special for Television
Flipped - "Smoking and Tobacco"
(Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner Productions/MTV Network)

Biographical Series Episode or Special for Television (tied)
VH1's Behind the Music - "Aerosmith"
(VH1)
The E! True Hollywood Story - "Andy Dick"
(E! Entertainment Television)

Documentary or News Magazine Series Episode or Special for Television
Sudden Impact: The Ripple Effects of Drunk Driving
(NBC News/NBC Entertainment)

Unscripted Non-Fiction Series Episode or Special for Television
Judge Hatchett - "Carrie's Out of Rehab"
(Sony Pictures Television)

Talk Show Series Episode for Television
The Ricki Lake Show - "Ephedra: Miracle Supplement or Deadly Drug?"
(Sony Pictures Television)

Music Recording (tied)
Kenny Chesney - "The Good Stuff"
(BNA Records/BMG Distribution) and
Ivan Neville - "Ode to 5 a.m."

Comic Book Issue or Multi-Issue Storyline
Cat Woman #1, 6-9
(D.C. Comics)

Community Service Effort
AnimAction TEAM Awards
(AnimAction/Toon Disney/Fox Kids Network/Kids WB!/The Disney Channel/ The Cartoon Network/LAUSD)

PRISM Commendations and Certificates of Merit were given to the remaining nominees and other productions in each category. A complete list can be found at www.prismawards.com.

EIC, a non-profit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary, was founded by leaders in the entertainment industry. Among the issues EIC addresses are: drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; gun violence, firearm safety and injury prevention; terrorism; mental health; safety belt and traffic safety awareness; and HIV/AIDS prevention. EIC's website is located at www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards website is www.prismawards.com

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, NJ., is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates its grant making in four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access to quality health care at reasonable cost; to improve the quality of care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse - tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network of the Fox Entertainment Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 79 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and movies, an impressive roster of acquired hit series, an established film library with box-office from 20th Century Fox and other major studios, and marquee sports such as NASCAR.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and further information on NIDA research can be found on the NIDA web site at http://www.drugabuse.gov.




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For more information about any item in this Release:

  • NIDA Contact:
    Blair Gately
    Michelle Person
    301-443-6245

    Contacto en Español:
    Sara Rosario
    301-594-6145
  • The Lippin Group,323.965.1990
    Robin Mesger
  • Bollinger Associates, 818.784.0534 Henri Bollinger
  • Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., 703.481.1414
    Laura Baker


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