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ADAM “DJ A.M.” GOLDSTEIN RECOVERY ADVOCACY AWARD ANNOUNCED BY ENTERTAINMENT
INDUSTRIES COUNCIL AT PRISM AWARDS CAPITOL HILL SHOWCASE
 
Washington, D.C. (September 15) – The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) in support of National Recovery Month announced a new honor that salutes the efforts of individuals to raise awareness of recovery, addiction and treatment at its annual showcase on Capitol Hill today.
 

The Award for Recovery Advocacy recognizes effective advocacy for people in recovery, addiction and treatment.  The first recipient will be Adam “DJ A.M.” Goldstein and all future awards will be given in his name.
The EIC selected Goldstein because his story reinforces diminishing the stigma of recovery and is one young people will hear and pay attention to.  Each year, this recognition will be presented to someone from the entertainment industry that has advanced recovery in the culture.   
 “While tragic, Adam’s story, a relapse after years of recovery, provides a glimpse into the chronic illness of addiction,” said Brian Dyak, president of the EIC.  “His journey is important and this recognition raises awareness of the need to support individuals who choose to confront their addiction, seek treatment and live a clean and sober life.” 
The announcement was made at EIC’s annual PRISM Awards Capitol Hill Showcase involving Congressional Members, and leaders of the national organizations supporting recovery. Washington D.C. disc jockey and BET personality Big Tigger joined with Brian Dyak in announcing the new Adam “DJ A.M.” Goldstein Award for Recovery Advocacy.  
“Much good can come from both his life and his tragic passing. We’re convinced that his commitment to recovery should be his legacy and should live on to help others,” stated Big Tigger.
A non-profit organization, EIC was founded in 1983 by entertainment executives to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The PRISM Awards is a nationally-televised awards show recognizing the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in film, television, music, DVD, interactive media and comic book entertainment. 
PRISM Awards winners for 2009 include: Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), William Shatner (Boston Legal), Benjamin Bratt (The Cleaner), Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship) and Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives).  Television shows that received awards in 2009 are Boston Legal, Breaking Bad, King of the Hill, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Office, Dr. Phil and CBS miniseries Sybil.

 
"This year's show is poised to be our most successful to date," said Brian Dyak, president and CEO of EIC. "Not only do we have Nancy O'Dell on-board as host, but the simulcast will greatly expand the PRISM audience and inform more people of the organization's mission to bring the power and influence of the entertainment industry to bear on health and social issues."
 
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For more information:
Darren Dickerson
213-712-8260
darren@pantherpr.biz

Larry Deutchman
818-522-6229
ldeutch@eiconline.org

 
 

STAR OF THE OFFICE, DC RADIO PERSONALITY, AND MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS COME TO CAPITOL HILL TO HONOR GROUNDBREAKING HOLLYWOOD DEPICTIONS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

Event on Capitol Hill will preview the 2009 PRISM Awards Showcase to be aired nationally on September 26 via nine cable networks simucast
 
 
CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON, DC, September 15, 2009- Hollywood celebrities, major entertainment executives, and leading national figures convened tonight to celebrate an awards show in the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC, to preview the 2009 PRISM Awards Showcase. The FX Network airs the PRISM television special along with eight additional networks.  The 2009 PRISM Awards Showcase television special is hosted by preeminent entertainment reporter Nancy O'Dell and will be aired September 26, 2009.
 
"The PRISM Awards are an example of the power of messages that can decrease stigma of mental illness and substance abuse, and increase compassion. The PRISM Award-winning productions can show us a gritty reality and then put forth insight into treatment, and hope of recovery," said EIC President & CEO Brian Dyak. "This year we are even more delighted to air the television special to educate an even broader audience about health and social issues thanks to the FX Network, our flagship airing partner, and the additional eight airing networks."
 
Tonight's event featured several guest speakers from both Hollywood and Washington. Celebrity presenters included Melora Hardin of NBC's The Office and radio and BET television personality Big Tigger. Speakers and presenters also featured distinguished members of Congress.
 
Other featured speakers at the 2009 PRISM Awards Capitol Hill Showcase included Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Marcellus Alexander, President, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation. Congressional support included Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus Vice Co-Chair  Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), and Congressional Entertainment Caucus Chair Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA).
 
"In the past, addiction and mental illness were thought of and too often portrayed as personal weaknesses or failures. Decades of research now show that these problems are not due to weakness, but to illness. The entertainment industry is truly providing a valuable service to the public which literally no other industry can provide," said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H.
 
These awards, presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and FX Network, reflect the entertainment industry's commitment to the accurate depiction of addiction and health issues in film, television, music, comic books and interactive entertainment.
 
About Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.
 
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the grand daddy and chief pioneer of the entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and 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 addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety and skin cancer prevention; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide; diabetes; seat belt use and traffic safety; and HIV/AIDS prevention. For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.
 
About SAMHSA
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health services delivery system.
 
About FX Network
FX Network is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 94 million homes. The diverse schedule includes an award-winning line-up of original series, an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other major studios, and an impressive roster of acquired hit series.
 
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Batter Up! A Home Run for Recovery Month
 
Date: September 2009
 
The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) is co-hosting a nationally sponsored event at 10 Major League Baseball games in the month of September to celebrate recovery alongside local advocacy organizations. The initiative is a celebration of baseball fans in recovery and their family and friends. Events will take place at one of the home games of each of the following cities/teams:
 

Baltimore Orioles

9/16

Cleveland Indians

9/22

Colorado Rockies

9/27

Detroit Tigers

9/15

Los Angeles Dodgers

9/16

Philadelphia Phillies

9/30

Pittsburgh Pirates

9/18

St. Louis Cardinals

10/4

Texas Rangers

9/19

Washington Nationals

9/6

 
Recovery Month is an annual observance that takes place during the month of September. This is the 20th anniversary of Recovery Month. Recovery Month observance highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. The observance also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective substance abuse treatment for those in need. Each year a new theme, or emphasis, is selected for the observance. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery. Together we learn. Together we heal.”
 
Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment.
 
Each city/stadium will hold its own event and activities as part of its local Recovery Month celebration. Among the kinds of activities will be picnics, group game attendance, stadium public service messages on jumbotrons, scoreboards, and public address systems, as well as formal announcements as part of the opening festivities or 7th inning stretch to include local celebrities and officials.
 
EIC is additionally excited to be able to combine our work in promoting treatment and recovery with helping baseball fans practice sun safety with UV protective Recovery Month baseball hats! Hats will be available in each city and will display the Recovery Month logo. These hats are designed specifically for UV protection which is important both for kids and adults exposed to the sun. The hats, made by Tuga Sunwear, offer great protection for your skin without sacrificing style.
 
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MEDIA MENTAL HEALTH FORUM HELD BY ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES COUNCIL IN ORLANDO WOFL Fox 35 and Local Mental Health Stakeholders Collaborate to Bring Attention to Mental Health in Orlando
WOFL Fox 35 and Local Mental Health Stakeholders Collaborate to Bring Attention to Mental Health in Orlando
 
Orlando (August 27, 2009) -- The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), the premiere non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of health and social issues, presented Picture This: A Local Approach to Mental Health in Orlando today at the WOFL FOX 35 station. The event included support from Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and Florida State Representative Sandy Adams.
 
"I believe we must all strive to be models of compassion and work together to support and care for the most vulnerable among us," said Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp. "Successfully raising awareness about mental health and substance abuse issues is best achieved when organizations, media and governments coordinate and collaborate."
 
"Recognizing and treating mental health and substance abuse in the Orlando metropolitan area is an important step in creating a stronger, safer, more sustainable community and I am honored to support the Entertainment Industries Council's efforts to encourage the entertainment industry to bring much needed awareness for mental health and substance abuse issues," said Representative Adams.
 
The purpose of the event is to bring together Orlando mental health stakeholders and media representatives to develop and identify ways to increase public awareness of mental health in the community.
Orlando media panelists included Keith Landry of WOFL FOX 35; Anne Geggis Staff Writer, Daytona Beach News;Fernando Quintero, Staff Writer, Orlando Sentinel;Gavin Maliska, Vice President & News Director, WOFL FOX 35; Leslye Gale, Morning Radio Personality, 107.7 WMGF; and Bud Hedinger, Radio Talk Show Host on WFLA-540.
 
Following the media panel, the forty plus mental health organizations represented helped to develop recommendations for local media coverage of mental health issues and awareness through news, public affairs, editorial and PSA programming.
 
WOFL FOX 35 streamed the event live on their Web site, www.myfoxorlando.com, which also features a section that includes mental health information and Orlando community resources (http://www.myfoxorlando.com/subindex/health/health_01).
 
Stan Knott, Vice President and General Manager, WOFL FOX 35, added: "I am proud of our news team for their commitment to helping increase awareness in our community of issues related to mental health.  It is important that we continue to provide viewers the knowledge and the resources they need in order to help themselves or friends and family members that may be suffering."
 
"Local communities each have their own needs with respect to what gets communicated by the media about mental illness. Bringing together policymakers, leading experts in the mental health field and the media is essential in effectively addressing mental health. We are grateful to WOFL for stepping up as leaders by spearheading this meeting," said EIC's Brian Dyak.
 
The event is the fifth in a series of such local community meetings. The first was held in Detroit, followed by Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. An additional meeting will take place in the coming months in Denver. The Picture This: Local Approach series is supported by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
 
A non-profit organization, the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The organization is considered one of the premiere success stories in entertainment education and information resources for entertainment creators, through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the industry.
 
EIC addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety and skin cancer prevention; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide; diabetes; seat belt use and traffic safety; and HIV/AIDS prevention. For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.
 
The Entertainment & Media Communication Institute was formed by EIC to educate and provide information resources for the entertainment industry's creative community and television, online and print media journalists relative to health and social issues, to enhance their capability of addressing such issues with accuracy and authenticity. The Institute coordinates a multi-disciplinary faculty of experts knowledgeable about various health and social issues and about health communications theory and practices.
 
WOFL FOX 35 is part of the Fox Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.34% of television homes in the U.S.  This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
 
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For more information, please contact:
Larry Deutchman
818-840-2016
ldeutch@eiconline.org
 
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WASHINGTON D.C., - The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) collaborated with Casey Family Programs with support from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to present Picture This: Foster Care, a media project to address and raise greater awareness of foster care-related issues. The event was held Thursday, June 25th at the NAB headquarters in Washington D.C. The meeting was a structured discussion with a media panel of entertainment representatives, foster care alumni, and foster care professionals. Through collaboration, all attendees worked to highlight the most prevalent and timely issues in the world of foster care.
 
Entertainment industry panelists included Writer and Supervising Producer Dan Fesman (NCIS), Writer and Supervising Producer Mark Goffman (The Beast), Writer and Co-Executive Producer Amanda Green (Law and Order: SVU), Writer and Producer Lyla Oliver (Judging Amy), and Writer and Supervising Producer Andrew Wilder (Criminal Minds).
 
Together, industry panelists, foster care professionals, and foster care alumni identified the best ways to strengthen public awareness of foster care issues as portrayed throughout the national media space.  Attendees were extremely successful in considering the complex nature of a multitude of foster care concerns and the numerous communication channels available to American audiences.
 

Cari DeSantis"Thank you to the Entertainment Industries Council and the National Association of Broadcasters for co-hosting this important event with us," said Cari DeSantis, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at Casey Family Programs. "It's easy to perpetuate stereotypes of who foster children are, or what they look like or sound like. But it's difficult to blow up those myths and tell stories that reflect the shade-of-gray truths about foster care. The true stories of foster care are  gripping and dramatic. They are about facing challenges and displaying courage. And many of these stories end in triumpMarcellus h."

"The NAB welcomes the opportunity to continue its work with the Entertainment Industries Council. We understand the importance of getting health and social issues information into communities across the country through varied programs and on multiple platforms," said Marcellus Alexander, President of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.

Brian Dyak"The integration of entertainment professionals, foster care alumni , and foster care and child welfare reform experts at Picture This surely enhances the evolution of further positioning foster care as a top priority issue in the national media space,"  said Brian Dyak, EIC President and CEO.

Following the media panel, the forty plus mental health organizations represented helped to develop recommendations for local media coverage of mental health issues and awareness through news, public affairs, editorial and PSA programming.
 
WOFL FOX 35 streamed the event live on their Web site, www.myfoxorlando.com, which also features a section that includes mental health information and Orlando community resources (http://www.myfoxorlando.com/subindex/health/health_01).
 
Stan Knott, Vice President and General Manager, WOFL FOX 35, added: "I am proud of our news team for their commitment to helping increase awareness in our community of issues related to mental health.  It is important that we continue to provide viewers the knowledge and the resources they need in order to help themselves or friends and family members that may be suffering."
 
"Local communities each have their own needs with respect to what gets communicated by the media about mental illness. Bringing together policymakers, leading experts in the mental health field and the media is essential in effectively addressing mental health. We are grateful to WOFL for stepping up as leaders by spearheading this meeting," said EIC's Brian Dyak.
 
The event is the fifth in a series of such local community meetings. The first was held in Detroit, followed by Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. An additional meeting will take place in the coming months in Denver. The Picture This: Local Approach series is supported by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
 
A non-profit organization, the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The organization is considered one of the premiere success stories in entertainment education and information resources for entertainment creators, through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the industry.
 
EIC addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety and skin cancer prevention; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide; diabetes; seat belt use and traffic safety; and HIV/AIDS prevention. For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.
 
The Entertainment & Media Communication Institute was formed by EIC to educate and provide information resources for the entertainment industry's creative community and television, online and print media journalists relative to health and social issues, to enhance their capability of addressing such issues with accuracy and authenticity. The Institute coordinates a multi-disciplinary faculty of experts knowledgeable about various health and social issues and about health communications theory and practices.
 
WOFL FOX 35 is part of the Fox Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.34% of television homes in the U.S.  This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
 
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For more information, please contact:
Larry Deutchman
818-840-2016
ldeutch@eiconline.org
 
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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH FOX
ON NEW TELEVISION SERIES MENTAL
Entertainment Industries Council provides mental health content in conjunction with the illnesses addressed on the series.
 
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 12th, 2009 – To educate viewers on the realities behind illnesses such as bipolar disease, schizophrenia, anxiety and others, Fox Broadcasting enlisted the expertise of the Entertainment and Media Communication Institute’s Center on Mental Health, the research and strategy division of the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.(EIC). EIC and the Institute are providing mental health content online tied to each episode of the network’s new series Mental.
 

Viewers who would like to learn more about the illnesses discussed in each episode, can visit the show’s web site, (fox.com/mental), which links to content on EIC’s website (eiconline.org). Here visitors are provided in-depth information and resources on related illnesses from each episode of the show. Viewers can identify with and become proactive in educating themselves about mental health by the entertainment portrayals on Mental and other shows. The site also provides links to enable viewers to take steps toward getting help and how to reach out to others in need of assistance or support.

 
Mental currently airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX.
 
About Entertainment Industries Council                    
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the grand daddy and chief pioneer of entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and 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 addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety and skin cancer prevention; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide; diabetes; seat belt use and traffic safety; and HIV/AIDS prevention. For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.
 
Entertainment and Media Communication Institute’s Center on Mental Health The Entertainment & Media Communication Institute was formed by EIC to educate and provide information resources for the entertainment industry’s creative community and television, online and print media journalists relative to health and social issues, to enhance their capability of addressing such issues with accuracy and authenticity. The Institute coordinates a multi-disciplinary faculty of experts knowledgeable about various health and social issues and about health communications theory and practices.
 
MENTAL is executive-produced by Deborah Joy LeVine (“Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “The Division”) and her brother and writing/producing partner, Dan Levine and stars Chris Vance and Annabella Sciorra.
 
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For more information, please contact:
Larry Deutchman, EIC
(818) 333-5001
ldeutch@eiconline.org

Kim Kurland, Fox Broadcasting
(310) 369-2415
kim.kurland@fox.com
 
 

EIC and Boeing Unveil Technology Project for Science and Technology Education

Project Seeks to Foster Excitement in Math, Science and Technology Education Through an Innovative Media Collaboration

 

CHICAGO, April 13, 2009 – The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), through its Entertainment and Media Communication Institute, has joined with The Boeing Company to launch a nation-wide project to elevate the importance of math, science and technology in various national entertainment media. The project, a multi-year program is designed to stimulate excitement for science, math and technology in students through an innovative business and entertainment industry collaboration.

 

The project seeks to strengthen how engineers and scientists are portrayed across the entertainment media to present a more positive and accurate view of the careers and potential available in aerospace. To do so, EIC will engage businesses and industries in major fields that require advancements in engineering and technology to enhance their future competitiveness, and will target all levels of education, extensive community outreach and all forms of entertainment media. The relationship reflects Boeing’s on-going commitment to promoting the development of quality learning environments in the areas of math, science and literacy necessary for future success in the workforce and in life.

 

“We’ve known for some time that we needed to rekindle interest and excitement in our students for math, science and technology,” said Rick Stephens, senior vice president of Human Resources for Boeing. “We need to find a way to engage and develop the next generation of scientific and mathematical thinkers who will lead the way in order for the U.S. to compete globally in the future.”

 

“We are crafting this technology project as a catalyst to meet this challenge and help springboard the U.S. once again to a leadership role in science and technology advancement,” commented Brian Dyak, president and CEO of EIC.

 

“Science and technology continue to contribute to the entertainment industry in shaping new entertainment platforms and providing new ways to bring stories to life in engaging ways. In turn, entertainment can be a powerful tool for reaching out to millions of people and grabbing the attention of both parents and the next generation of our future workforce by accurately incorporating and presenting science- and technology-based information into storylines in entertaining ways through all types of national and local entertainment media.”

 

Stephens added, “By partnering with aerospace, other science- and technology-based industries, and the entertainment media, we can highlight those career priorities and opportunities critical to our ability to compete in the future. We are also encouraging other companies and industries to join us in committing to the opportunity represented by this effort to develop the workforce and skills needed to reposition the U.S. for global competition in the future.”

 

The project is designed to be a multifaceted program to reach out to students through a variety of education avenues that may include a mentoring initiative, elementary and high school outreach programs, collaborations between university film/media departments and engineering schools, and unique incentive contests. Business, industry and entertainment components include the possible development of interdisciplinary think tanks, expert and technical advisory resources for journalists and entertainment creators, recognition incentive programs for media efforts and the formation of a blue ribbon advisory committee that encompasses the many industries impacted, academic communication scholars and leaders from the entertainment industry.

 

About the Entertainment Industries Council and The Entertainment & Media Communication Institute
The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to promote information, awareness and understanding of major health and social issues among the entertainment industries and to audiences at large. EIC is widely recognized as a chief pioneer of entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and 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.  For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.

 

The Entertainment & Media Communication Institute (E&MCI) is the research and strategy component of EIC. The mission of the E&MCI is to foster developmental interdisciplinary activities in health, education and social sciences; communications research and theory; cultural studies; environmental strategies; and information technology. E&MCI activities address media opportunities to promote the well-being of the public and enhance the pro-social impact of entertainment and other media. The Institute provides a new means to implement and position health promotion campaigns, social marketing strategies, risk communication research and new informatics’ applications within the broader media space.

 

About Boeing
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.

 

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For more information, please contact:
Karen Fincutter
Boeing
312-544-2872
karen.m.fincutter@boeing.com

Larry Deutchman
EIC
818-333-5001
ldeutch@eiconline.org

 
 
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EIC THINK TANK PRESENTS MENTAL HEALTH MEDIA STRATEGY TO U.S.

CONGRESS
 
WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2008 – A Think Tank formed to identify new directions for the perception of mental health issues announced results of a day-long meeting held yesterday, according to Brian Dyak, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), which sponsored the meeting.  The Think Tank was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between individuals in entertainment, communication academia, medicine, patients, and families.  The results were presented today to members and staffers of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus and the Congressional Entertainment Caucus.
 

This first gathering is part of the development of a long term national strategy, the mission of which is to increase the nation’s mental health while decreasing the mental health burden. It is believed that such a collaborative approach will lead to more effective solutions and action steps for the role entertainment and the media can play in addressing issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and other mental health issues.

 
For example, David E. Kelly catapulted the issue of Aspergers Syndrome to the nation’s attention by featuring a regular character with the illness in primetime television on “Boston Legal.” As a result, many viewers learned of Aspergers for the first time, while those who have Aspergers and their loved ones discovered that the illness now had a face on TV. Emmy-winning actor Christian Clemenson, who plays the character on “Boston Legal,” was one of the participants in the Think Tank.
 
Among the recommendations to come from the meeting is that it is vital for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to be evidence-based. After September 11th, it was found by researchers that the more victims of traumatic events were debriefed the more likely they were to develop full-blown PTSD. Therefore, debriefing as a treatment strategy is not helpful. On the other hand, researchers found it helpful to treat the subject with medications to dampen the autonomic nervous system’s response immediately after a traumatic experience, and keeping the victim engaged with peers in their community.The Think Tank’s mission was to develop communication strategies that incorporate medical, communication, media and entertainment perspectives with a focus on mental healthcare, early diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The Think Tank marked the launch of the newly formed Entertainment & Media Communication Institute (EMCI), a new division of EIC.
 
The Think Tank recommendations were developed under the direction of EIC. Among those present for the briefing were Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Grace Napolitano and Tim Murphy, and Congressional Entertainment Caucus Chair Representative Diane Watson.
 
Among Think Tank participants were: Christian Clemenson, Actor, “Boston Legal;” Marti Noxon, Executive Producer/Writer, “Private Practice;” Jonathan Greene, Co-Executive Producer/Writer, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;” James W. Kearns, Screenwriter/Producer (“John Q”); John Kosinski, Writers Guild of America, west, Inc.; Frank Wheaton, EIC Board Director; Carlos Alcazar, President, Hispanic Communications Network; Prof. Gary Kreps, Chairman, Department of Communications, George Mason University; Prof. Lisa Sparks, Chapman University; Prof. Kathy Rowan, Department of Communications, George Mason University; Dr. Melinda Villagran, Department of Communications, George Mason University; Dr. Gary Sachs, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University; Dr. Mark Vanelli, Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer at Adheris, Inc.; and Dr. Tom Barrett, President, Business/Life Management.
 
The Institute was formed by EIC to educate and provide information resources for the entertainment industry’s creative community and television, online and print media journalists relative to health and social issues, to enhance their capability of addressing such issues with accuracy and authenticity. “The Institute will coordinate a multi-disciplinary faculty of experts knowledgeable about various health and social issues and about health communications theory and practices,” said EIC President & CEO Brian Dyak. “These experts, under the leadership of EIC, will conduct briefings to media and entertainment professionals, produce informational publications, provide expert technical assistance through EIC’s branded First Draft service, and conduct audience-based research.” The Institute will also host Picture This forums or gatherings of experts and constituency group leaders at both the national and local levels to develop recommendations for media strategies and priority messages for potential entertainment storylines.
 
“Individuals’ mental health and well-being are critical issues that affect quality of life, as well as the health of our communities and of our economy,” said Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. “Discussions between leaders in the medical, communication and entertainment fields to introduce information and work cooperatively are crucial to establishing communication and finding different ways to increase awareness of mental health issues.”
 
Congressman Tim Murphy said, “During my time as both a psychologist in private practice and in public service, I have seen firsthand the stigma attached to mental illness. Mental illness is real – not an imagined problem – as real and devastating to a family as cancer or diabetes. Films, television and other forms of entertainment have the power to reach across cultural boundaries, traversing the globe with a unique ability to inform and educate audiences about mental health issues.”
 
“I look forward to continuing to work with EIC to create a greater understanding of the entertainment industries’ efforts to use their power and influence to address mental health issues,” said Congresswoman Diane Watson.
 
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the grand daddy and chief pioneer of entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and 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 addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety and skin cancer prevention; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide; diabetes; seat belt use and traffic safety; and HIV/AIDS prevention. For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.
 
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12th Annual PRISM Awardsä
James Denton, Casey Affleck, Sally Field, Dave Annable, Ben Vereen, Jennie Garth
&
Andrea Bowen also receive honors
Television’s Dr. Drew Receives Larry Stewart Leadership Award
 
LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2008 –The winners of the 12th Annual PRISM Awards were announced tonight at a gala dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. These awards, presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and FX Network, reflect the entertainment industry’s commitment to the accurate depiction of addiction and health issues in film, television, music, comic books and interactive entertainment.

 
The feature film Michael Clayton received the “Bipolar Disorder Depiction Award”; the Universal Pictures/Morgan Creek production, Georgia Rule, won in the “Feature Film - Wide Release” category; and You Kill Me produced by IFC Films/Code Entertainment/Baum Echo Lake Rosenman Productions/Bipolar Productions, received the award in the “Feature Film – Limited Release” category.
 
Fox Television’s The Simpsons was honored in the “TV Comedy Series Episode” category; ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy received the award for “Drama Series Episode.” NBC’s ER got theDrama Series Multi-Episode Storyline” award; ABC’s One Life to Live received a PRISM Award for the “Daytime Drama Storyline” category; and ABC’s The View got the award for “Talk Show Episode”.  CBS was recognized for its “Outstanding Public Service Project,” CBS Cares, while HBO won the “Mental Health Depiction Award” for The Sopranos.
 
James Denton, from Desperate Housewives, won in the “Performance in a Comedy Series” category (presented by House star Hugh Laurie); Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck won “Performance in a Feature Film” for Gone Baby Gone; Sally Field and Dave Annable were recognized in the Performance in a “Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline”category for Brothers and Sisters; Ben Vereen won in the “Performance in a Drama Series Episode” category for Grey’s Anatomy; and Jennie Garth and Andrea Bowen won in the “Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries” category for Girl Positive.
 
“With over 440 entries, this years PRISM Awards is a significant statement from the entertainment industry as we reach audiences to provide accurate information about health and social issues. Not only is our industry working to put forth accurate messages through creative stories, but we are also providing powerful messengers through the actors’ characterizations. Entertainment companies are taking their corporate citizenship very seriously as we work to address tough health and social issues that affect the public" said EIC President & CEO Brian Dyak.
 
“Today, accurate media portrayals of recovery among those suffering from addiction and mental illness offer realistic hope to people with these illnesses as well as to their friends and loved ones. By spreading the truth about recovery and the benefits it holds for all members of our society, the entertainment industry has been a very effective force for positive change," said Terry Cline, Ph.D, SAMSHA Administrator.
 
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious Larry Stewart Leadership & Inspiration Award to Dr. Drew Pinsky by EIC President & CEO Brian Dyak and Board Director Michele Lee. The award, which is presented for leadership and inspiration by example, reflects Dr. Drew’s long history in addressing issues of drug and alcohol addiction in various radio and television programs.
 
The Larry Stewart Award was presented to Dr. Drew Pinsky for leadership and inspiration to his industry peers and colleagues by example with respect to substance abuse and mental health issues. In January of this year, he and VH1 teamed up for the first reality series on television to depict the process of overcoming addiction. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Celebrity Rehab Reunion pulled back the veil of secrecy on what goes on in rehab. Both shows were huge ratings successes. He also hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows – Loveline, where he has been taking calls from listeners since 1982, and Dr. Drew Live, which began airing on KGIL earlier this year. 
 
Other celebrities taking part in the ceremony included Danny Arroyo, General Hospital: Night Shift; Jayne Brook, Boston Legal; Gordon Clapp, NYPD Blue; Amy Price-Francis, Cleaner; Melora Hardin, The Office; Mariette Hartley; Carolyn Hennesy, General Hospital; Kathy Joosten, Desperate Housewives; Joy Lauren, Desperate Housewives; Hugh Laurie, House; Sharon Lawrence, The Capture of the Green River Killer; Michele Lee; Lorna Luft; Dolph Lundgren; Mario, R&B and pop singer, Dancing with the Stars contestant; Christopher McDonald, Superhero Movie; Esai Morales, Jericho; Sarah Jane Morrison, Brothers and Sisters; Brigitte Nielsen, Celebrity Rehab; Tequan Richmond, Everybody Hates Chris; Eva Marie Saint, Academy Award®, On the Waterfront; Murray Sawchuck, Celebrecadabra on VH1; John Schneider, Smallville;Lindsey Shaw, Aliens in America; Henry Simmons, Shark; Tara Summers, Boston Legal; Dee Wallace; Gary Anthony Williams, Boston Legal.
 
An additional highlight of the ceremony was a tribute to EIC’s 25th anniversary of service to the entertainment industry and the public.
 
The 12th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony was executive produced by Brian Dyak, Lawrence Scot Deutchman and Marie Gallo Dyak. Supervising producer was Kenneth R. Paule.
 
About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the grand daddy and chief pioneer of entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and 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 addresses health issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; firearm safety and injury prevention; sun safety and skin cancer prevention; human trafficking; terrorism and homeland security; mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide; diabetes; seat belt use and traffic safety; and HIV/AIDS prevention. For more information, please visit www.eiconline.org.
 
About SAMHSA
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment, and mental health services delivery systems.
 
About FX Network
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 94 million homes. The diverse schedule includes an award-winning roster of distinctive original series, an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other major studios and an impressive roster of acquired hit series.
 
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***Please see below for a complete listing***

 
12th Annual PRISM Awards

Winner List

 
Feature Film – Wide Release
Georgia Rule
(Universal Pictures / Morgan Creek Productions)

 
Feature Film – Limited Release
You Kill Me
(IFC Films / Code Entertainment / Baum Echo Lake Rosenman Productions / Bipolar Productions)
 
Performance in a Feature Film
Casey Affleck – Gone Baby Gone
 
Comedy Series Episode
The Simpsons – “Crook and Ladder”
(Fox Broadcasting / 20th Century Fox Television / Gracie Films)
 
Comedy Series Multi-Episode Storyline
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
(Episodes: “More Than Meets the Eye” / “Busted” / “No Money, Mo' Problems” / “Just Say No” / “Surprise, Surprise”)
(TBS / Tyler Perry Studios)
 
Performance in a Comedy Series
James Denton – Desperate Housewives
 
Drama Episode
Grey’s Anatomy – “Love/Addiction”
(ABC Entertainment / ABC Studios / The Mark Gordon Company / Shondaland)
 
Performance in a Drama Series Episode
Ben Vereen – Grey’s Anatomy
 
Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
ER

(Episodes: “Gravity” / “Under the Influence” / “The Test” / “Blackout” / “Coming Home” / “Skye’s the Limit” / “300 Patients”)
(NBC Entertainment / Warner Bros. Television / Constant c Productions / Amblin Television)

 
Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
Dave Annable – Brothers and Sisters
Sally Field – Brothers and Sisters

 

Daytime Drama Storyline
One Life to Live
(ABC Television Network)
 
TV Movie or Miniseries
Life Support
(HBO Films / Foxx-King Entertainment / Flavor Unit Films / Urban Romances / Shelby Stone Productions)
 
Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Andrea Bowen – Girl Positive
Jennie Garth – Girl Positive
 
Teen Program
I Won't Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom
(MTV News and Documentaries / Gigantic! Productions)
 
Children’s Program
That’s So Raven – “Where There is Smoke”
(Disney Channel / That So Productions / Warren & Rinsler Productions)
 
Talk Show Episode
The View
(ABC Daytime / Barwall Productions)
 
News Magazine Segment
ESPN Outside the Lines – “Rod Beck”
(ESPN)
 
Documentary Program
The Addiction Project
(Specials: “Addiction: The Documentary” / “What is Addiction?” / “Understanding Relapse” / “The Search for Treatment: A Challenging Journey” / “The Adolescent Addict” / “An Interview with Nora Volkow, MD” / “An Interview with Mark Willenring” / “An Interview with Michael Dennis” / “An Interview with Kathleen Brady” / “Getting an Addict Into Treatment: The CRAFT Approach” / “Treating Stimulant Addiction: The CBT Approach” / “Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy” / “South Boston Drug Court” / “A Mother's Desperation” / “A Revolving Door” / “Montana Meth” / “Cracked Not Broken”
(HBO Documentary Films)

 

Biographical Program
The E! True Hollywood Story – “The Osbournes”
(E! Entertainment Television)
 
Unscripted Non-Fiction Program
Intervention: Season 3
(A & E Network / GRB Entertainment)
 
Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is – “Episode #2”
(BET)
 
Original DVD
Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing
(National Film Board of Canada / Canada Wild / CBC Centre for Disease Control)
 
Music Recording
Nikki Sixx- “The Heroin Diaries”
 
Trail of Light
(Gracie Vandiver & Friends / Note to Self Recordings / Sunlight of the Spirit Music)
 
Comic Book Storyline
These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves
(Bloomsbury USA)
 
Interactive Media
SoberCafePodcast.com
(Studio V Productions)
 
Outstanding Public Service Project
CBS Cares
(CBS Television Network)
 
Mental Health Depiction Award
The Sopranos
(Episodes: “The Second Coming” / “The Blue Comet”)
(HBO Entertainment / Chase Films)
 
Bipolar Disorder Depiction Award
Michael Clayton
(Warner Bros. Pictures / Castle Rock Pictures / Mirage Enterprises / Section Eight / Samuels Media)
 
Film Festival
Bobby Dogs
(Brooklawn Productions / GototheBall! Productions)
 
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