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LOS ANGELES, January 31, 2000 - An Honorary Committee, comprised of entertainment industry leaders, has been formed to oversee the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC)'s PRISM AwardsTM 2000, according to EIC President/CEO Brian Dyak. The committee includes: John Agoglia, Chris Albrecht, Dick Askin, John Badham, Carole Black, Hank Cohen, Tim Conway, John F. Cooke, Suzanne de Passe, Peter Engel, Charles Fries, Leeza Gibbons, Sandy Grushow, Mariette Hartley, Bruce Johansen, David E. Kelley, David Kissinger, Tony Krantz, Michele Lee, Stan Lee, Margaret Loesch, Meryl Marshall, Dan McDermott, Gerald McRaney, Irena Medavoy, Mike Medavoy, Irwin Meyer, Spencer Proffer, Fredric Rosen, Hilary Rosen, Herman Rush, Scott Sassa, Terry Semel, Jack Shea, Aaron Spelling, RenŽe Valente, Montel Williams, Henry Winkler, and Dick Wolf.

"We look forward to working with these individuals to continue to build the PRISM Awards and make PRISM 2000 the best to date," said Dyak.

Now in its fourth year, the PRISM Awards are the entertainment industry's annual recognition of outstanding contributions for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in film, TV, video, music, interactive and comic book entertainment. They are presented by the EIC in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and will be held on March 21, 2000, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.

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.

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

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, New Jersey, is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.

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