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24th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards nominations announced

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) has announced nominees for the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards. Presented in partnership with NAMIC – Southern California, the awards honor original and digital programming content that depicts the lives, spirit, and contributions of people of color and best reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the viewing audience.

HBO led all networks and distributors vying for this year’s awards with 12 nominations. Both BET Networks and ESPN garnered eight nominations. History Channel and CNN are also among the top nominated networks, earning five each. Nominations for the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards were announced as part of the Hollywood Creative Forum 8.0 VIP Reception hosted by The Walter Kaitz Foundation. Amrit Singh, chief political correspondent, culture editor, and news anchor for REVOLT, Donnell Turner, co-star of ABC’s “General Hospital” and Danielle Vega, co-star of Hulu’s original series “East Los High” were on-hand to announce the nominees.

“NAMIC is honored to continue the tradition of honoring original content that defies stereotypes, while telling compelling stories of cultural diversity and life experiences,” said Eglon E. Simons, president and CEO, NAMIC. “This year’s nominees must be applauded for their excellence and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion on and off screen.”

NAMIC Vision Awards are presented in 18 categories: Animation, Awards & Honors, Best Performance – Comedy, Best Performance – Drama, Children’s, Comedy, Daytime, Digital Media – Short Form, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Lifestyle, News/Informational, Original Movie or Special, Reality, Reality – Social Issues, Sports, Variety/Talk Show. History Channel’s “Roots: A New Vision” is this year’s top nominated program with five nominations. The Starz original series, “Survivor’s Remorse” earned a total of four nominations.

The NAMIC Vision Awards competition extends eligibility to national broadcast and cable networks; local affiliates; local origination programs from cable operators; and VOD content produced for digital platforms. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of entertainment industry executives. Judging is based on overall imagery (creative merit, originality, and presentation quality), sensitivity (the consideration given to cultural nuances), writing (the depiction of issues relevant to people of color) and the quality of acting in the performance categories.

A complete list of 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards nominees follows. For more information, visit www.namic.com or contact Sandra Girado, vice president, Events and Partner Relations, NAMIC National at 212-594-5985.