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Waismann Method Episode Wins Prism Award

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LOS ANGELES — The winners of the 8th Annual PRISM Awards were announced today at The Hollywood Palladium. 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 8th Annual PRISM Awards recognize accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in television, feature film, music and comic book entertainment.
Celebrities taking part in the ceremony included host, Mackenzie Phillips; Presenters Thora Birch, Michelle Clunie, Bill Harris, Gerald McRaney, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Dennis Weaver and Persia White.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious Larry Stewart Leadership & Inspiration Award to E! Networks President Mindy Herman. 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.
The 8th Annual PRISM Awards were produced by Hank Saroyan and Gareth O’Neil. Executive Producers were Brian Dyak, Lawrence Scot Deutchman, and Marie Gallo Dyak. The show was directed by Sandi F. Fullerton and written by Emmy-winner and comedian Ed Driscoll, Milt Hoffman was the Executive-In-Charge of Production and Susan Abramson was the Talent Producer.

The complete list of PRISM Awards recipients includes:

Theatrical Feature Film
City of God
(Miramax Films)

Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film

Evan Rachel Wood – Thirteen
PRISM Film Festival Award
Happy Hour
(Curb Entertainment/Davis Entertainment Filmworks/O’Hara-Klein)

Performance in a Film Festival Award

Anthony LaPaglia – Happy Hour

Comedy Series Episode for Television

Girlfriends – “Blood is Thicker Than Liquor”
(Paramount Network Television/Grammnet Productions/Happy Camper Productions/UPN)

Comedy Series Multi-Episode Storyline for Television

Becker – Thank You For Not Smoking
(Paramount Network Television/Dave Hackel Productions/Industry Entertainment/CBS Entertainment)

Performance in a Comedy Series

Reba McEntire – Reba

Drama Series Episode for Television (Tie)

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit – “Choice” (Universal Television/Wolf Films/NBC Entertainment)
The Practice – “Down the Hatch”
(20th Century Fox Television/David E. Kelley Productions/ABC Entertainment)

Performance in a Drama Series Episode for Television

Dennis Franz – NYPD Blue

Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for Television

Queer as Folk – Crystal Clear
(Tony Jonas Productions/Cowlip Productions/Temple Street Production/Showtime Networks)

Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline

Peter Krause – Six Feet Under

TV Movie or Miniseries

On Thin Ice (Once Upon a Time Films/Hallmark Entertainment/Lifetime Television)

Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Tie)

Thora Birch – Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story
Kelly Lynch – Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story

Daytime Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for Television

General Hospital – Courtney’s Pain Killer Addiction (ABC Daytime)

TV Children’s Animated or Live Action Series Episode or Special

Ozzy and Drix – “Auntie Histamine”
(Warner Bros. Television Animation/Kids WB!)

TV Teen Non-Fiction Series Episode or Special

MTV News Now – “Jack Osbourne: Back from Rehab”
(MTV News & Documentaries/MTV Network)

TV Documentary Series Episode or Special

America Undercover – “Crank: Made in America”
(HBO Original Programming/Eames Yates Productions)

TV News Magazine Series Segment

ESPN Sports Center – “May 11, 2003”

TV Biographical Series Episode or Special

Revealed with Jules Asner – “Yasmine Bleeth”
(E! Entertainment Television)

TV Unscripted Non-Fiction Series Episode or Special

Maternity Ward: Life Changes – “Episode 12”
(NYT Television/TLC)
*TV Talk Show Series Episode
The John Walsh Show – “Prescription Addictions”
(NBC Enterprises)

Direct-to-Video Production

I Don’t Know Jack
(Next Step Studios/Had to Be Made Films, Inc.)

Music Recording

Billy Currington – “Walk A Little Straighter”
(Mercury Records/Universal Music Group)

Music Video (Tie)

Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
(Anonymous Content/Lost Highway/Universal Music Group)
Metallica – “Frantic”
(Elektra Entertainment/Warner Music Group)
Community Service Effort AnimAction Team Awards (AnimAction/LAUSD/Toon Disney/Fox Kids Network/Kids WB!/Disney Channel/Cartoon Network)
PRISM Commendations were also given to other nominees and submissions. A complete list can be found at http://www.prismawards.com.
EIC, a non-profit organization now celebrating its 20th anniversary, was founded by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. Among the issues, EIC addresses are drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health; and HIV/AIDS prevention. EIC’s website is located at http://www.eiconline.org.
NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, supports 85% of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute also carries out a variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination and implementation of researching findings. NIDA’s website is located at http://www.drugabuse.gov.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving health and health care for all Americans. The Foundation invests in initiatives that create meaningful and timely change and that help us lead healthier lives. One of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s four goals is to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse—tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs.

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