Univision Sweeps at Cable Positive’s 7th Annual Pop Awards

Univision garnered the POP Network of the Year Award and Dan Moloney, Executive Vice President, Motorola, took home the second ever TelevisionWeek HIV/AIDS Education Advocate of the Year Award at Cable Positive’s 7th Annual POP Awards (Positively Outstanding Programming) last night at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Univision is the first non-English speaking network to take home POP Network of the Year in the award’s history. Time Warner Cable joined Rainbow Media as presenting sponsor of Cable Positive’s POP Awards, held annually to both encourage and reward outstanding programming in the area of HIV/AIDS.

The event was hosted by Frederick Weller, who stared on Broadway in “Take me Out” and “Glengarry Glen Ross” and is appearing in USA Network’s new series “In Plain Sight.” Award Presenters included Marvelyn Brown, Author and Emmy Award-winning HIV/AIDS activist; Jack Mackenroth, Designer, appeared on Bravo’s “Project Runway;” Alesha Renee, Host of BET’s “The 5ive;” Matt Singer, Host of IFC’s News On-Air; and Kim Stolz, MTV News Correspondent and mtvU VJ.

Dan Moloney, Executive Vice President, Motorola, Inc. received the second ever HIV/AIDS Education Advocate of the Year Award, presented by TelevisionWeek. Under Dan’s leadership, Motorola made the single largest grant in Cable Positive’s history for the creation of The Youth AIDS Media Institute (YAMI) through the Motorola Foundation. The grant provided Cable Positive with $200,000 to launch the program, targeting youth across the U.S. and challenging them to create HIV/AIDS awareness messages in their own voices to educate their peers about the disease.

Sponsors for the 2008 event included: Time Warner Cable, Rainbow Media, TelevisionWeek, NY1 News, Showtime, HBO, Turner, Motorola, Univision, Suddenlink, NBC Universal, Sundance, Retirement Living, Arris, and BET.

The following cable networks and programs were recognized for creating television that carries educational value and promotes awareness/prevention in the fight against HIV/AIDS:

Original Series: College Hill Season 4 – BET

Outstanding Special Programming: I Want to be a Pilot – Sundance Channel

Outstanding Original Film/Movie: Reflections – BET/Kaiser Family Foundation/Black AIDS Institute

Outstanding Documentary: Positive Voices: Women & HIV – Showtime

Outstanding Original Spanish Language Programming: Asi es La Vida episode Com Dominio Total – Telefutura/Kaiser Family Foundation

Outstanding Spanish Language PSA: Salud es Vida…Enterate! – Univision/Kaiser Family Foundation

Outstanding News Coverage: House Call with Sanjay Gupta “World AIDS Day: South Africa’s Story” – CNN

Outstanding Biographical Programming: Cause Effect: Episode 3 “National AIDS Fund/American Red Cross” – MTVU

Outstanding PSA: HIV Testing PSA – HBO/NBA/Kaiser Family Foundation/Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS

Outstanding PSA Campaign: Scenarios Series – Rap-It-Up, BET/Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Outstanding Community Partnership: “Lies” – Suddenlink/Covenant House AIDS Residential & Resource Program

Cable Positive, MTV & BET Networks to Hold Employee Volunteer Day at Local New York City AIDS Service Organization Iris House

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Chapter of Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications AIDS action organization, will join forces with MTV and BET Networks on Saturday, October 4, 2008 for a special volunteer day at a local Manhattan AIDS service organization Iris House, where cable industry employees will paint – with brushes donated by SCRIPPS Network – an active space that clients currently use to eat lunch, conduct support groups, and hold exercise classes.

This latest act of corporate social responsibility from the cable industry will make another tangible impact in the lives of those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in a local community. The volunteer day builds upon the efforts coming from the industry in New Orleans at the 2008 Cable Show, there, over 100 cable activists helped two local AIDS service organizations refurbish multiple homes housing individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

“This is a great partnership, we love that we’re able to get out and do good for local New York City organizations. Working with both Cable Positive and Time Warner Cable has been great,” said Armando Polanco, Account Director, Content Distribution & Marketing, MTV & BET Networks.

“We rely heavily on the support of volunteers to help us complete projects for our organization, we especially do now in this time of economic crisis,” said Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director, Iris House. “The help we will receive to enhance our agency is much appreciated, Cable Positive, and the New York chapter have been very supportive of us these past two years.”

ABOUT CABLE POSITIVE
Founded in 1992, Cable Positive is a non profit organization dedicated to unifying the talents, resources, access and influence of the communications industry to raise AIDS awareness; to fund AIDS education and care; and to promote a more compassionate climate for people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

ABOUT IRIS HOUSE
Established in 1992 by the Women and AIDS Working Group, Iris House is a social/health center serving HIV-positive women, men and their families in New York City. The mission of Iris House is to provide services to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in a supportive and respectful environment. To fulfill this mission, Iris House offers practical, family-centered services that promote prevention and education while addressing the day-to-day realities of living with HIV/AIDS.

Cable Positive’s First Full Length Documentary, Positive Voices: Women & HIV, Wins 2008 FREDDIE Award

NEW YORK, NY – Cable Positive’s first feature length documentary, Positive Voices: Women & HIV, has been judged to be the winner of the 2008 FREDDIE Award in the category of Community Health.

MediMedia’s FREDDIE Awards are recognized as the top health and medical media competition. The competition’s goal is to encourage and celebrate excellence, every year The FREDDIE Awards attract documentaries, series, short films, videos, Web Sites, DVDs and CD-ROMs from around the world.

Produced in partnership with Kismet Films, and originally aired on Showtime Networks Inc. the film focuses on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and how it has impacted women directly, the media’s portrayal of people living with HIV/AIDS and the new challenges facing women today as the rate of HIV infections rise in their communities. The program is hosted by Gloria Reuben, the former ER star who portrayed a health care professional infected with HIV, who is now starring in the TNT legal drama Raising the Bar. The piece features six women infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and focuses on the various ways it has affected their lives. Among the women featured is Regan Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief, Poz Magazine.

Positive Voices: Women & HIV has already been recognized by the New York AIDS Film Festival as best short documentary, and the Service Industry’s Advertising Awards (SIAA) with a gold in the Special Video category.

ABOUT CABLE POSITIVE
Founded in 1992, Cable Positive is a non profit organization dedicated to unifying the talents, resources, access and influence of the communications industry to raise AIDS awareness; to fund AIDS education and care; and to promote a more compassionate climate for people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

ABOUT MEDIMEDIA
MediMedia is one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare educational materials and services. With offices and partners around the world, MediMedia serves the needs of medical professionals and consumers for timely, targeted health and medical information through a variety of media.