Mark Your Calendar! Hollywood Honors Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery, New Airing Time Announced

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PRISM Showcase, produced by the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), spotlights actors and entertainment productions proactively addressing mental health and substance use issues. Premiere airing gives viewers access to exclusive content on internet TV network and a chance to appear in 2014 television showcase.

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The PRISM Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the positive power of entertainment and media to communicate about important issues...
-Giuliana Rancic, PRISM Awards Guest Co-Host

The 17th Annual PRISM Awards honoring productions and performances addressing substance use and mental health issues in ways that inform vast audiences and encourage help-seeking behaviors is coming to a television near you. The star-studded national television special, the PRISM Showcase, will premiere on FX Saturday, September 14th at 3 p.m., with an encore Sunday at 1 a.m.

“The PRISM Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the positive power of entertainment and media to communicate about important issues, such as mental health and substance use. The nominees and award winners exemplify EIC’s mission to celebrate “the ART of making a difference” by showcasing the real‐to‐life situations confronted by millions of Americans every year,” said guest co-host Giuliana Rancic.

Joining Rancic on the show are host Dr. Drew Pinsky, and guest co-host Orlando Jones, as well as Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon (NCIS), Mark Valley and Windell Middlebrooks (Body of Proof), Emmy nominee Mariette Hartley, Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz (Southland), Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Lucy Liu (Elementary), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Brett Gelman and Julie White (Go On), Max Burkholder (Parenthood), Ernie Hudson (Last Resort), Lisa Guerrero (Inside Edition), Carly Steel (TV Guide Network), Danielle Nicolette (Family Tools), George Eads (CSI), Caterina Scorsone (Private Practice), Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm), Alison Haislip (Battleground), Anna Belknap (CSI: NY), Ed O’Neill and Nolan Gould (Modern Family), and the voice of the PRISM Awards, Shadoe Stevens.

“The PRISM Showcase is the longest running television program recognizing the positive power of Hollywood in addressing substance use and mental health. The more than 400 hours of productions submitted this year reinforces our belief that viewers want authentic portrayals and appreciate informative media,” said Brian Dyak, President & CEO of EIC and Executive Producer of the PRISM Awards.

EIC is also offering web-exclusive content for viewers and an opportunity to participate in the 2014 PRISM Showcase through the “That’s My Story” contest on EICnetwork.tv and PRISMawards.com.

“That's My Story" offers viewers the opportunity to share with the world how a powerful media portrayal has had an impact on their lives with respect to recovery and triumph over the stigma often associated with substance use and mental health challenges. Stories must be shared in an UNLISTED YouTube link emailed to eictv(at)eiconline(dot)org and, if chosen, submissions could appear on EICnetwork.tv and/or in the 18th Annual PRISM Showcase TV special premiering during National Recovery Month in 2014 on the FX Networks.

The 17th Annual PRISM Showcase which premieres on FX this weekend will have subsequent airings on mtvU, Pivot, local broadcast stations, and will be available online and on-demand through Amazon, U-verse, FX, MTV and other outlets. Check local listings or PRISMawards.com for additional airing details as they become available.

About Entertainment Industries Council

EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders within 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 and journalism outreach and a premiere success story in the field of entertainment education. This mission relies on providing resource information to the creative community and culminates in recognition of the industry through the national television special PRISM Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of substance use issues and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology.

For a complete list of health and social issues addressed by EIC and local projects please visit First Draft and EIC’s website. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is http://www.prismawards.com.

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