HBO Leads NAMIC Vision Award Wins

HBO garnered the most NAMIC Vision Awards honors, the diversity organization announced Tuesday.

The premium service took home six NAMIC Vision Awards, which recognize original programming that is reflective of the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color that best reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the viewing audience.

The network’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack won two awards for original movie and best performance in a drama for its star Oprah Winfrey, according to NAMIC.

ESPN was the only other network to win multiple awards with four, according to NAMIC. The winners will be announced later today during the Multichannel News/Broadcasting & Cable Multicultural TV Summit event.

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“Congratulations are extended to the winners of the 2018 NAMIC Vision Awards said Sandra Girado, vice president of Events and Partner Relations, NAMIC in a statement. “As diversity within our industry’s consumer base continues to flourish, it is our responsibility to nurture this growth and continue to produce ethnically and culturally relevant content reflective of the rich diversity of our viewing audience. NAMIC, in collaboration with the NAMIC - Southern California chapter, is honored to recognize the hard work of these deserving winners, and their achievements in the advancement of multiplatform programming.”

The Winners of The 2018 NAMIC Vision Awards are as follows:


The Fred Rogers Company/Curious World– Through the Woods

Best Performance – Comedy

Starz – Robert Wu: Survivor’s Remorse

Best Performance – Drama

HBO – Oprah Winfrey: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Disney Junior – Elena of Avalor

Comedy (tie)

HBO – Insecure

Universal Television/Netflix - Master of None

Digital Media – Long Form

NBC Asian America – Deported

Digital Media – Short Form

ESPN – 30 for 30 Shorts: 24 Strong


HBO – Baltimore Rising


ABC – American Crime

Foreign Language

Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic – Niños en la Frontera


Fuse/Red Bull – Social Fabric


HBO – VICE News Tonight: Trump Chicago Gangs

Original Movie or Special

HBO – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


ESPN Features – Undefeated In-Depth: Serena Williams with Common

Reality – Social Issues


Sports (tie)

ESPN Features – SC Featured: A League of Her Own

ESPN – E60: Underdog

Variety/Talk Show

HBO – George Lopez: The Wall, Live from Washington, D.C. 

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.