Finalists revealed for Shine sexuality awards

Winners to be announced Nov. 7

In the current political climate, this could be called good timing.

The Media Project, a partnership of national nonprofit org Advocates for Youth and the Kaiser Family Foundation, on Thursday announced finalists for the 14th annual Shine Awards, which honor outstanding media portrayals of sexuality, family planning and reproductive health.

“With so much sex in the headlines today, the power of the media to inform our young people has been made all too clear,” says Media Project director Kate Langrall Folb. “We feel it’s more important than ever to acknowledge positive information about healthy sexual behavior and attitudes.”

Nominees include “Dharma & Greg,” “Suddenly Susan,” “ER,” “Boy Meets World,” “Chicago Hope” and “7th Heaven.” Winners will be announced Nov. 7 at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A.

Shine awards (an acronym for Sexual Health in Entertainment) will be given in seven categories, including comedy, dramatic series, children’s programming, daytime drama, entertainment special, informational/documentary and talk show.

In addition, Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach of Carsey-Werner will receive the Media Project’s Special Producers Award for their attention to sexuality issues.

Will Smith’s video for “Just the Two of Us” will receive an award for best music video.

For the first time, three shows will receive honorable mentions for important individual scenes of sexual health: David E. Kelley Productions’ “The Practice,” Columbia TriStar’s “Party of Five” and the Lifetime Original movie “Labor of Love.”

ABC leads the networks this year with six nominations, followed by NBC with four, CBS with three, the WB and PBS with two and Fox, UPN, MTV, Lifetime and Cinemax with one each.

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 4 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Proceeds go to Ad-vocates for Youth’s national AIDS and sexuality education programs for adolescents.

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