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ABC Studios, CNN, Time Warner Cable Have Vision

ABC Studios, CNN and Time Warner Cable each won multiple National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications Vision Awards during the diversity organization's 15th annual awards event

The April 17 Beverly Hills-based luncheon ceremony for the Vision Awards, which honors excellence in multi-ethnic and culturally-relevant original television programming, drew more than 350 attendees, according to the organization.

ABC Studios took home two Vision Awards -- which this year expanded its eligibly rules to include broadcast and online content - in the categories of drama for Grey's Anatomy and comedy for Ugly Betty.

Time Warner Cable's Spanish-language on-demand show Time Warner Cable's Futbol Mania garnered two awards in the category of foreign language and long-form digital media, while CNN took top honors in the documentary category for its CNN Presents: Black in America, as well as in the news/informational category for Black in America: Suicide Survivor.

Overall, Disney/ABC Television Group and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. each garnered a total of three wins.

The awards luncheon was held in conjunction with NAMIC-Southern California's West Coast Creative Summit event, according to the organization.

The Vision Awards winners are as follows:


Handy Manny - Disney Channel

Best Performance - Comedy:

Larramie Doc Shaw: Tyler Perry's House of Payne - TBS

Best Performance - Drama:

Benito Martinez: The Shield -- FX Networks


Ni Hao, Kai-Lan - Nickelodeon

Comedy (tie):

Ugly Betty - ABC Studios

Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger - HBO

Digital Media - Long Form:

Time Warner Cable's Futbol Mania -- Time Warner Cable

Digital Media - Short Form:

Yes We Can, Essence Election '08 -- Essence Communications


CNN Presents: Black in America -- CNN


Grey's Anatomy - ABC Studios

Foreign Language:

Time Warner Cable's Futbol Mania - Time Warner Cable


Down Home With The Neelys: "Pass It On" -- Scripps Networks / Food Network

News /Informational (tie):

Black in America: Suicide Survivor -- CNN

In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview -- TV One

Original Movie or Special:

The Africa Channel Presents: A Night of Tribute -- The Africa Channel


The mun2 Hook Up: Frankie J -- mun2


The Secret Game - ESPN

Variety /Talk Show:

The BET Honors -- BET

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.