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HBO Tops NAMIC Vision Awards Wins

HBO took home the most 2019 NAMIC Vision Awards, which were announced Tuesday during the Multicultural TV Summit in New York.

HBO won four Vision Awards, including best comedy for its Issa Rae-led comedy Insecure, according to NAMIC. NBC Asian American won three awards, while ESPN garnered two Vision Awards, which recognize original programming that reflects the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color and represents ethnic and cultural diversity of the viewing audience, said the diversity organization.

The awards were announced during a luncheon event at the Multicultural TV Summit in New York -- hosted by Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable -- which explores the business of reaching diverse audiences for TV and video.

The 2019 NAMIC Vision Awards winners are as follows:


Disney Junior – Elena of Avalor

Awards & Honors

BET Networks – 2018 Soul Train Awards

Best Performance – Comedy

HBO – Dwayne Johnson: Ballers

Best Performance – Drama

TV One – Meta Golding: Behind the Movement


HBO – Sesame Street


HBO – Insecure

Digital Media – Long Form

NBC Asian America – Searching for Queer Asian Pacific America

Digital Media – Short Form

CNN – 25 Influential American Muslims


Paramount Network – Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story


Showtime – The Chi


NBC Asian America – Open the Pantry


National Geographic – America Inside Out with Katie Couric

Original Movie or Special

HBO – Icebox


FUSE – T-Pain’s School of Business

Reality – Social Issues

ESPN – ESPN Features – SC Featured: The Black 14


ESPN – ESPN Features – SC Featured: Bubba

Variety/Talk Show

NBC Asian America – Break Shot with Will Choi

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.