EIC Announces Talk Show Nominations for 16th Annual PRISM Awards, including Dr. Phil, Anderson, The Doctors, The Steve Wilkos Show & Dr. Drew's Lifechangers

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Winners to be announced and honored at PRISM Awards on April 19th, 2012 in Beverly Hills, CA.

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The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) has announced the talk show nominees for the 16th Annual PRISM Awards. The PRISM Awards honor TV, movie, music, DVD and comic book entertainment that accurately depicts drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues. The Nomination Review Committee of over 80 representatives of both the entertainment industry and health field, selected nominees for accurately portraying and discussing relevant health and social issues, according to Brian Dyak, President and CEO of EIC.

Talk Show nominees Anderson (Telepictures), The Doctors (CBS), Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers (CW/Telepictures), Dr. Phil (CBS), and The Steve Wilkos Show (NBC Universal) displayed unparalleled attention to accuracy in depiction and discussion of topics related to mental health and substance use.

The episode of Anderson, “Intervention of a Mother Addicted to Prescription Pills,” was produced by Telepictures Productions and StrongChild Productions, and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Executive Producers were Jim Murphy, Cathy Chermol, Lisa Morin, Anderson Cooper, and Terence Noonan. Anderson explores the epidemic of prescription drug addiction, and, with an expert, stages an intervention with an addicted mother.

The Doctors is nominated for its episode entitled “The Doctors’ Intervention Hour,” produced by CBS Television Distribution and Stage 29 Productions. Executive Producers were Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, and Dr. Phillip C. McGraw. This episode focuses on addictions, from drugs to social media, and discusses altering an addictive personality and overcoming dependency.

Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers is nominated for “Pill Popping,” an episode produced by Telepictures Productions and airing on the CW Television Network. Executive Producers were Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and Rachel Misokwiec. In this episode, Dr. Drew helps a mother overcome her addiction to pain medication.

The episode of Dr. Phil that has received a nomination is titled “Can This Family Be Saved? An Intervention.” It was produced by CBS Television Distribution and Peteski Productions. Executive Producers were Carla Pennington and Dr. Phillip C. McGraw. The episode hosts a 16 year old addict and his parents as they discuss the struggle of addiction.

The Steve Wilkos Show is nominated for the episode “Heroin: Shot Up By Mom at 13.” It was produced by NBC Universal Television and Stamford Media Center Productions. Rachelle Wilkos was Executive Producer. The episode helps a young girl who was introduced to heroin by her mother at the age of 13.

Winners will be announced during a ceremony on April 19, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The 16th Annual PRISM Awards Showcase is set to be nationally televised on September 16, 2012 through flagship airing partner FX Network, as well as other cable networks, broadcast stations, video on demand, and online.

About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education. EIC provides information resources for entertainment creators through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the entertainment industry. EIC produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of prevention, treatment and recovery from drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology.

EIC also addresses issues such as diabetes, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, foster care, women's health, firearm safety and injury prevention, sun safety and skin cancer prevention, human trafficking, terrorism and homeland security, eating disorders and obesity, seat belt use and traffic safety, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization has also launched an initiative to increase the public profile and interest in science, engineering and technology. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is http://www.prismawards.com.

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