LOS ANGELES, September 3, 2003 The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., (EIC) is accepting submissions for the 2nd annual EDGE (Entertainment Depiction of Gun Education) Awards, the entertainment industry's latest effort to effectively promote firearm safety and discourage gun violence in movies and on television. Deadline for submissions is September 30.
"These awards are the result of on-going collaboration between members of Hollywood's creative community and experts on social attitudes towards gun violence," said Brian Dyak, EIC President and CEO. "The entertainment industry recognizes that it has a responsibility to address such issues and early reaction to these awards shows that most creators, studio and network executives have already begun to do their part and welcome the recognition they now receive for their efforts."
Edge Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Theatrical Feature Film; Comedy Series Episode or Storyline for TV; Drama Series Episode or Storyline for TV; Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special for TV; Children's Live Action or Animated Series, Episode or Special for TV; Reality Series Episode or Special for TV; Talk Show Series Episode for TV; and Community Service.
To qualify for acceptance, television programs and films must meet one or more of the following requirements:
Emphasize the aftermath of gun violence, including emotional, physical, legal or financial repercussions; discourage gun violence as a means of conflict resolution; focus on the 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 safety; depict or address firearm safety devices; explore possible avenues to address gun violence; discuss obstacles hindering gun safety; and offer information to ensure safe usage.
Creative productions produced for entertainment or information purposes for public viewing on television and film that had initial public exhibition between August 1, 2002 and July 31, 2003 are eligible. Call for Entries packets are readily available by calling (818) 955-6845. Information is also available at www.eiconline.org. There are no entry fees and no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted. The EDGE Awards are presented with support from the Joyce Foundation.
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 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.