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