|To celebrate the PRISM Awards, SAMHSA Administrator Dr. Terry Cline (second from
left) joins Tony Vinciquerra, Honorary Awards Committee Chairman and President and
CEO of Fox Television Group (left); Melissa Rivers, Awards Host and EIC Board Director
(second from right); and Brian Dyak, EIC President and CEO and Awards Executive Producer
PRISM Awards Spotlight Mental Health, Substance Abuse Issues
Creating accurate portrayals of mental health issues such as depression and bipolar disorder
as well as compelling stories about addiction and recovery continues to challenge the entertainment
At the recent 11th annual PRISM Awards, SAMHSA helped honor the outstanding achievements of actors,
films, television programs, and radio shows.
SAMHSA Administrator Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., joined with the Entertainment Industries Council,
Inc. (EIC), and the FX Network to congratulate recipients at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles,
CA, hosted by Melissa Rivers.
“ER,” received honors for best Drama Episode, “House” was recognized
for Drama Multi-Episode Storyline, and “Dr. Phil” took top honors for TV Talk Show
|Director Jason Reitman accepts a PRISM Award for Thank You for Smoking.
Two new categories were launched this year, with the new Mental Health Award going to an “American
Dad” episode and the Bipolar Disorder Award going to the film, Jelly
This year, Thank You for Smoking won in the Feature Film/Wide Release category, and Sherrybaby won in the Feature Film/Limited Release category.
Mariska Hargitay was recognized in the Performance in a Drama Episode category for her work on “Law
and Order: Special Victims Unit,” and Judith Light received honors in the Performance in
a Comedy Series category for her role on “Ugly Betty.”
HBO’s multiplatform documentary programming initiative on addiction received the PRISM
President’s Award, which recognizes an industry project that raises awareness and leaves
Winning in the TV movie category, “On Our Very
Own” award recipients included (left to right) Cameron Watson, Director; and
Allison Janney, Actor.
PRISM Award winners are selected through a submission-and-review process by members of the creative community and scientific experts. Winners are selected for their entertainment value, accessibility of their message, and scientific accuracy. This year saw a record 430 submissions for consideration.
For more information on the awards, visit www.prismawards.com. For more information about substance
abuse and mental health issues, visit SAMHSA’s Web site at www.samhsa.gov.
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