Entertainment Industries Council Presents the S.E.T. Awards Video Contest

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Contestants ages 13 and over pitch an idea for a television show on science, engineering, and technology (S.E.T.) for a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles, CA.

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If you could create a television show about science, engineering, and technology in your daily life, what would it be?

Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) has launched a contest to help spark interest in careers in science, engineering and technology among youth. As the annual S.E.T. Awards approach, EIC is hosting a video contest for those ages 13 and older, both amateur and professional, to pitch a television series using science, engineering and/or technology in daily life. The winner will receive a trip to the ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA on November 15, 2012 and a guidance luncheon. Contestants will create a 3-5 minute video explanation of the show or a sample of the pilot episode. These creative videos will also be available for viewing and voting on EIC’s website.

The fields of science, engineering, and technology (S.E.T.) are steadily declining as career pursuits. These three fields are crucial to the success of the United States and its continued success in the global economy. In response, EIC formed Ready on the S.E.T. and… Action! to encourage the pursuit of these fields and the SE.T. Awards to recognize those within the media and entertainment industries who are working to both de-stigmatize and elevate these fields within public consciousness.

“We often overlook the amazing things that these experts do,” observed Rachel Wood, a recent graduate from George Mason University. “We pick up a pen and don’t realize that someone spent months crafting the exact design of it. The smoothness of it, the little grip it has, even the shape of the top that clicks are all intricately thought out and put together for us. We need to start acknowledging these things instead of taking them for granted. This contest encourages us to examine our worlds closer and understand how science, engineering and technology intersect.”

“The Entertainment Industries Council created Ready on the S.E.T. and… Action! to excite the potential and future workforce about science, engineering, and technology. The program directly connects experts in these fields with media and entertainment representatives. We’re developing resources for writers, producers, directors, journalists, and so on to reinforce accurate portrayals of engineers and scientists in entertainment media and recognizing young people with outstanding ideas,” said Brian Dyak, President and CEO or Entertainment Industries Council.

“Contests give people the chance to show the world what they are made of. Everyone has an equal opportunity to present their material and be rewarded for it,” commented Allison Collier, a 17 year old aspiring director. Understanding the importance of expressing a passion for S.E.T., Collier explained, “Art and engineering are inherently bonded. There is an artistic edge to engineering and an engineering edge to art.”

Larry Deutchman, EIC Executive Vice President of Marketing & Industry Relations, said,
“Within the entertainment industry, EIC promotes, encourages, and rewards accurate depictions of critical health and social issues, as well as the proliferation of objectively factual information in regards to these issues. EIC’s Ready on the S.E.T. and…Action! has created the S.E.T. Awards Video Contest to generate excitement about science, engineering and technology in media. The question that is posed to contestants is, ‘If you could create a television show about science, engineering, and technology in your daily life, what would it be?’ The response to this question needs to be three to five minutes long and can either be a segment of the show’s pilot episode or it can be a pitch of what the show will be about. “

Winners of the contest will be invited to attend the 2nd Annual S.E.T. Awards on November 15th in Beverly Hills, as well as attend a guidance meeting with an entertainment industry writer, producer, or executive. There will be four winners in the following categories: amateur fiction, amateur non-fiction, professional fiction, and professional non-fiction. Video contestants have until October 1, 2012 to submit their videos and the public can vote for their favorite videos once a day until October 8, 2012.

Greg Johnson, a student from George Mason University, adds, “I really hope this contest stirs up more interest in science, engineering, and technology, because they are essential to the world. Media’s influence is so profound in generating interest and hopefully this contest will do the trick.”

More contest details can be found at http://www.eiconline.org/readyontheset

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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