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‘Warrior’ tops Imagens

Foundation honors TV shows for positive portrayals of Hispanic culture

“The 13th Warrior,” “The West Wing” and “Suddenly Susan” won top honors Wednesday at the 15th annual Imagen Foundation Awards for positive portrayals of Hispanics and Hispanic culture by the entertainment industry.

The black-tie dinner gala at the Beverly Hilton also honored singer Ricky Martin both in the musicvideo category for “She’s All I Ever Had” and with a previously announced “lasting image” honor for outstanding achievement. Martin was unable to attend the event but acknowledged the honors with a letter of thanks.

Touchstone Pictures’ “The 13th Warrior” won for best theatrical film, while Warner Bros. Television won for “The West Wing” as best primetime drama series and for “Suddenly Susan” as best primetime comedy.

Arthur Barquet Prods.’ “The Emerald Cut” took the award for theatrical short subject, Channel One News’ “Hero Street” won for best children’s programming and Olmos Prods.’ “The Americanos Concert” won in the TV specials/musical or comedy category.

Univision’s “The Christina Show” was honored for Spanish language informational programming, and Garaza Communications’ “TXU Lifestyles” received the award for Spanish language advertising.

Screenwriter Steven De Souza, whose credits include the first two “Die Hard” films and “48 Hrs.,” was awarded the inaugural Norman Lear Writer’s Award, named in honor of the producer and founder of the event. Cinematographer and TV director Reynaldo Villalobos received the Creative Achievement Award.

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