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Entertainment Industries Council Launches Edge Awards to Recognize Movies & TV Shows that Promote Firearm Safety & Discourage Gun Violence
First EDGE Awards To Be Presented to James Coburn's Family for American Gun at the Opening Night for the International Student Film Festival Hollywood on September 3rd

ER, The West Wing, The District, Judging Amy & Family Law Among First Recipients

LOS ANGELES, August 06, 2003 — The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) has created the EDGE (Entertainment Depiction of Gun Education) Awards to recognize feature films, TV movies, reality programs and episodes of scripted television series that effectively promote firearm safety and discourage gun violence, it was announced today by Brian Dyak, President/CEO of EIC. The Awards are presented with support from the Joyce Foundation.

Gun use and related violence is one of the most critical issues facing America today, said Dyak. This award has been designed to promote and recognize responsible portrayals of gun safety in the creative community.

The first EDGE Award will be presented to the family of the late actor James Coburn for his last film, American Gun, at the International Student Film Festival of Hollywood on September 3rd at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Coburn is being recognized for his role in which he plays a father who embarks on a nationwide journey to trace the line of ownership of the gun that killed his daughter.

The other productions receiving inaugural award plaques are: Judging Amy (The Beginning, The End & The Murky Middle and Look Closer), Family Law (Safe at Home), ER (Rampage and I'll Be Home For Christmas), Six Feet Under (Life's Too Short), 7th Heaven (Teased), The West Wing (War Crimes), The District (Meltdown), Boston Public (Chapter Twenty-Two), Dateline ( In the Line of Fire: The Forgotten Victims), 20/20 Downtown ( Packing Heat), PrimeTime ( Over the Edge), Talk or Walk (I Want the Guns Out of My House) and the TV Movie Gun Deadlock.

EDGE Awards, which are presented to writers, directors and producers, are given in two formats: Plaques (highest recognition) are awarded to productions that emphasize the aftermath of gun violence; focus on storage precautions, including the possible consequences of failure to secure firearms properly; stress the importance of keeping guns away from children; give accurate statistics and information about gun violence and safety; depict or address firearm safety devices; explore possible avenues to address gun violence; discuss obstacles to achieving gun safety; or offer information on ensuring safe usage.

Certificates of Merit are given to productions that do not include gun violence, but depict alternative forms of conflict resolution that do not rely on gun use.

Recipients of inaugural Certificates of Merit include: King of the Hill (Soldiers of Misfortune), Mysterious Ways (One of Us and The Big Picture), The Ponderosa (Joaquin and The Promise), Charmed (Music to My Ears), Boston Public (Chapter Nine, Chapter Twelve, Chapter Fifteen, and Chapter Sixteen), Touched By An Angel (The Birthday Present), Third Watch (A Hero's Rest) and Doc (Second Opinion). Also recipients of certificates were Showtime's The Day Reagan Was Shot, Sister Mary Explains It All, Within These Walls, 3 A.M., A Girl Thing, In the Time of the Butterflies, The Killing Yard, Ruby's Bucket of Blood, and Warden of Red Rock.

EIC, a non-profit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary, was founded by leaders of the entertainment industry. Among the issues EIC addresses are: drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; gun violence, firearm safety and injury prevention; terrorism; mental health; safety belt and traffic safety awareness; and HIV/AIDS prevention. EIC also sponsors and presents the PRISM Awards, a televised awards show that recognizes the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in feature film, television, music and comic book entertainment. EIC's website is located at www.eiconline.org.

Based in Chicago with assets of $650 million, the Joyce Foundation supports efforts to strengthen public policies in ways that improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Since 1993, the Foundation has made approximately $31.5 million in grants to groups seeking public health solutions that offer promise of reducing gun deaths and injuries in America. Other program areas are Education, Employment, Environment, Money and Politics, and Culture.