Marie Dyak, the EIC (Entertainment Industries Council)'s Exec. VP
recently spoke about the PRISM Awards to the
Wharton Club of DC's Nonprofit Forum

The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) has announced the nominees for the 18th Annual PRISM Awards. The PRISM Awards honor TV, movie, music, online, and comic book entertainment that accurately depicts drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues. The Nomination Review Committee of over 80 representatives of both the entertainment industry and health field, selected nominees from nearly 400 productions submitted, according to Brian Dyak, President and CEO of EIC.
Among networks, CBS and Lifetime came out on top with 12 nominations apiece, followed by ABC (10), Showtime (8), TNT (6), NBC (5), TeenNick and MTV (3 each), and Fox, CNN and OWN (2 each). ABC Studios took the number one slot among studios with 12 nominations, followed by CBS Studios/CBS Domestic Television (11), Warner Bros. (8), Sony (7), Weinstein Co. and Universal/NBC Universal Television (6 each), 20th/Fox 21/FTVS (4), Epitome Pictures (3), and Lionsgate and Relativity (2 each).
Winners will be announced during a ceremony on April 22, 2014 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. For more information on the ceremony and tribute program, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/64qz31 The 18th Annual PRISM Showcase is set to be nationally televised in September as part of National Recovery Month through flagship airing partner FX Network, as well as other cable networks, broadcast stations, video on demand, and web streaming. 
Other stars nominated include Joseph Gordon Levit, Edie Falco, Allison Jannet, LLCoolJ, Jewel and Mariska Hargitay.
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In the Feature Film categories, nominees were August: Osage County and Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein Co.), Cleaver’s Destiny (Dagger Charge Films), Don Jon (Relativity/Voltage), Home (Entertainment One), Junction (Choice Films), The Spectacular Now (A24), and The Story of Luke (Gravitas Ventures).
Feature film performances nominated were Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon), Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler; scene, below right), and Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now). Woodley was previously nominated
for Secret Life of an American Teenager.
For Comedy Series, nominated episodes or multi-episode storylines hailed from Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! (Comedy Central), Californication (Showtime), Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), Mom (CBS), and Nurse Jackie (Showtime). Drop Dead Diva and Nurse Jackie are both past winners and Californication is a past nominee. Nominated comedy performances were David Duchovny (Californication), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), and Anna Faris and Allison Janney (Mom). Elliott and Falco are past nominees and Janney is a past winner for the TV movie Our Very Own.
Drama Episodes nominated were from Blue Bloods (CBS), Bones (Fox), Graceland (USA), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), Longmire (A&E), The Mentalist (CBS), Scandal (ABC), and Southland (TNT), as well as two episodes of Perception (TNT). Both SVU and Southland are past winners, and Blue Bloods is a past nominee.  Michael Cudlitz (Southland), John Francis Daley (Bones), Will Estes (Blue Bloods), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), and Eric McCormack (Perception) were nominated for Performance in a Drama Episode. Last year, Cudlitz took home the prize.
In the area of Drama Multi-Episode Storylines, nods went to Dexter (Showtime), Elementary (CBS), Homeland (Showtime), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), Nashville (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Parenthood (NBC), and Shameless (Showtime), as well as two separate story arcs for Grey’s Anatomy (ABC). Homeland, SVU (twice), Grey’s (twice), Parenthood (four times) and Shameless are all past winners, while Nashville took home last year’s EIC President’s Award. This is Elementary’s second consecutive nomination. Performance nominations for multi-episode stories went to Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Justin Chambers, James Remar and Chandra Wilson (all Grey’s Anatomy), Mariska Hargitay (SVU), Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary), LL Cool J and Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: LA), and Hayden Panettiere (Nashville). Chambers, Liu and Panettiere are past nominees. Hargitay previously earned an award for SVU, while Wilson took home the award for the TV movie Accidental Friendship.
Christmas with Tucker (Hallmark) and the Lifetime movies Anna Nicole, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, House of Versace, and Ring of Fire earned nominations for TV Movie or Miniseries. TV Movie Performance nods went to Agnes Buckner (Anna Nicole), Gina Gershon (House of Versace), and Jewel and Matt Ross (Ring of Fire), as well as the ensemble for Call Me Crazy. Also nominated was daytime drama series Days of Our Lives (NBC), which has won multiple times over the years. In the Teen or Children’s Program arena, nominees were three storylines from Degrassi: The Next Generation (TeenNick) and an episode of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon). Nick News has won twice before and Degrassi took the award last year. Original Internet Programming nominations were for the WIGS series Lauren and Susanna, and for online webisode Next Week’s Game. Internet performance nominees were Jennifer Beals and Troian Bellisario for Lauren, and Maggie Grace and Anna Paquin for Susanna. This is the first year online programming is being recognized.