Media Addiction Depiction!

Media Addiction Depiction!
Posted by FoM on March 10, 1999 at 07:34:15 PT

HOLLYWOOD Miramax Films' "Down in the Delta," CBS' "The Promised Land," NBC's "ER" and ABC's "Sports Night" were among the winners Tuesday of the Prism Awards, which champion accurate depictions of drug use and addiction in movies and on television. 
Other winners included Showtime's dramatic special "Floating Away"; Paramount's syndicated talk show "Leeza"; two of NBC's syndicated series, "Hang Time" and "One World"; the animated children's series "Pinky and the Brain," produced by Steven Spielberg for Warner Bros.; and E! Entertainment's reality show "Mackenzie Phillips: E! True Hollywood Story." Phillips told reporters before the awards show at the Beverly Hills Hotel that when she was struggling with her own addictions 20 years ago, "we young people were fired, and told to just 'go get well."' These days, she said, most entertainment companies refer addicts to employee assistance programs. "I don't think they're more tolerant or understanding," she said of the industry's bosses; "they're just more educated." At her side, actor Henry Winkler said it was imperative "to get the message out to young people who seem to have no sense of future that it's OK to be well." The third annual Prism event was held under the auspices of the Entertainment Industries Council, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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