Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) Announces Nominees for Documentary, News Magazine and Biographical Program for the 16th Annual PRISM Awards

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Winners to be honored April 19th in Los Angeles, CA for their accuracy in the storytelling of substance use and mental health concerns.

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The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. is proud to announce the 16th Annual PRISM Awards nominees for Documentary, News Magazine or Biographical Program for their coverage of substance use and mental health-related topics. These unscripted productions represent exemplary efforts to accurately portray substance use and mental health with unparalleled authenticity.

In the category of Documentary, News Magazine or Biographical Program – Substance Use, the nominees are: E! Entertainment Special: Kelly Osbourne (E! Entertainment), Intervention: Season 11 (A&E), True Crime with Aphrodite Jones – “Anna Nicole Smith: Tragedy on Trial” (Investigation Discovery), Turning Point – “Dogwood Restaurant”
(BYUtv) and Vanguard’s – “Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes” (Current TV).

The nominees for Documentary, News Magazine or Biographical Program - Mental Health are: Bobby Fischer Against the World (HBO), E:60 – “Scott Hall: The Wrestler” (ESPN), Hoarders: Season 4 (TLC), Our America with Lisa Ling – “Invisible Wounds of War” (OWN), and Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold – “Rivka/Melissa” (Lifetime).

The E! Entertainment Special: Kelly Osbourne is a 30 minute documentary on the most personal thoughts and experiences of Kelly Osbourne, the reality TV star who is known for having difficulties with drugs in the past. It also includes input from her mother, Sharon; her father, Ozzy; her brother, Jack; and one of her closest friends.

Intervention: Season 11 is a reality show detailing the lives of those battling addiction, who are ultimately surprised with interventions by their loved ones. The interventions are also conducted by one of the show’s intervention specialists.

True Crime with Aphrodite Jones – “Anna Nicole Smith: Tragedy on Trial” is an in-depth look at the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith, including her drug addiction. Aphrodite Jones considers the possibilities of Anna Nicole’s death being a murder, suicide, or accident.

Turning Point – “Dogwood Restaurant” is a show detailing how Galen and Bridget Sampson open an apprenticeship program at the Dogwood Restaurant in Baltimore in order to help those struggling to regain power in their lives.

Vanguard – “Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes” is a documentary following Christof Putzel as he attends the 2010 World Tobacco Conference incognito in order to hear what employees of tobacco companies have to say.

Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary about the life of Bobby Fischer, the American chess Grandmaster who had a troubled childhood, was known as a Cold War icon, and led life as a fugitive on the run. He also suffered from depression.

E: 60 – “Scott Hall: The Wrestler” is a documentary on the demise of Scott Hall, one of professional wrestling’s biggest names due, in large part, to addiction and substance use.

Hoarders: Season 4 is a reality program chronicling the lives of people whose addictions to their belongings have them on the verge of crises.

Our America with Lisa Ling – “Invisible Wounds of War” is a show detailing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effect on those who have risked their lives for their country by serving in the military.

Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold – “Rivka/Melissa” is a series follows two women, Rivka and Melissa, as they battle eating disorders.

The PRISM Awards will honor television and film productions and actors accurately depicting mental health and substance use on April 19th, 2012 in Los Angeles. For more information please visit http://www.prismawards.com.

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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