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HBO Dominates NAMIC Vision Awards

HBO was the big winner of this year’s NAMIC Vision Awards, the diversity organization announced Monday.

The premium service won five NAMIC Vision Awards -- which honor original, multiplatform television programming that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the viewing audience -- including Best Comedy Series for its freshman show Insecure as well as Best Comedy Performance for the series’ star Issa Rae.

BET Networks, ESPN, and History each won two Vision Awards, which were all presented online. Winning programs are now being showcased via the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery.

In the best drama series category, ABC's primetime series, Secrets and Lies, tied with BET Networks' Being Mary Jane for top honors, with the best drama performance award going to Anika Noni Rose for her portrayal of Kizzy in History’s miniseries Roots.

Congratulations are extended to the winners of the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards," said Tisha Harris, president, NAMIC – Southern California and director, Programming, Z Living in a statement. "As our industry's consumer base becomes increasingly diverse, the production of ethnically and culturally relevant content is central to our industry's sustainability. NAMIC – Southern California in collaboration with NAMIC National is pleased to continue our tradition of recognizing achievements in the advancement of multiplatform programming diversity.”

The full list of 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards winners:


Disney Junior – Sofia the First

Awards & Honors

VH1 –  Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens

Best Performance - Comedy          

HBO – Issa Rae: Insecure

Best Performance - Drama 

HISTORY – Anika Noni Rose: Roots


Sprout – Nina’s World


HBO – Insecure


CBS – The Talk

Digital Media - Short Form 

Powerhouse Productions – Harlem on My Plate


HISTORY – Roots: A New Vision


ABC – Secrets and Lies

BET Networks – Being Mary Jane

Foreign Language

Discovery Latin America / US Hispanic – Pancho Villa: Se Busca Vivo o Muerto


CNN – Special Projects: Breakthrough Women


BET Networks – Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

Original Movie or Special   

HBO – All the Way


ESPN – SC Featured: Chubbtown

Reality - Social Issues         

ESPN –  Rise Up: A SportsCenter Special


HBO – Terrance Crawford: My Fight

Variety/Talk Show (tie)

HBO – Lemonade

National Geographic – StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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