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Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli meets with Industry Leaders at a Meeting Convened by the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)

 

Los Angeles, CA (August 5, 2015) – EIC Board Chairman Gary Benz and EIC DirectorPresident Brian Dyak hosted Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, at a meeting with representatives from the entertainment industry.  The meeting marked a significant step toward expanding the engagement of the entertainment industry in the addiction, recovery and mental health conversation.

 

Director Botticelli shared his own story of recovery, and emphasized to production and guild leaders the important role that the entertainment industry plays in bringing authentic stories about addiction, treatment and recovery to the screen. “Powerful stories can inspire people and move audiences to seek help and care for their families and friends,” he said. “By putting faces and voices to the disease of addiction and the promise of recovery, we can lift the curtains of shame and denial that continue to keep too many hidden and without access to lifesaving treatment.”

 

Brian Dyak added, “The disease of addiction may never completely disappear, but having the entertainment industry expand its involvement through story telling is good for our audiences and good for our industry.”

 

Present were representatives of SAG-AFTRA, ABC Family, the Actors Fund, MusiCares, and the reality series Intervention, as well as the executive producer/writers and stars of ABC Family’s new scripted drama series set in a sober house, Recovery Road, and the executive producers of the PRISM Showcase TV special. There was a general consensus of opinion that it is critical for EIC to continue to provide expert assistance to writers and producers working on storylines that encourage treatment and demonstrate a healthy recovery lifestyle through their characters.

 

Botticelli also participated in the recent presentation of the 19th Annual PRISM Awards. The PRISM Awards honor TV, movie, music, online, and comic book entertainment that accurately depicts substance abuse, treatment, and recovery, as well as mental health issues. The awards are presented in partnership with FX Network.  For a complete list of winners, go to www.prismawards.com/2015winners.

The PRISM Showcase, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, highlights the winners in a magazine-style show. It will air nationally on flagship airing partner FX Network in September during National Recovery Month, followed by additional cable, broadcast, video on-demand, and web streaming outlets over a six month window. Additional interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage will be made available following the ceremony on EICnetwork.tv.

 

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 communicate 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 resources 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 SET 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 www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is www.prismawards.com. The SET Awards web site is www.eicsetawards.com. EICnetwork.tv is the internet television network.

 

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Media Contact:

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

 

 

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