AFTRA has presented Crystal Award honors to ABC and CBS for their attempts to address the lack of diversity in primetime.
Kudos were presented Saturday at AFTRA’s national convention in Nashville as part of the AFTRA American Scene Awards, administered by the union’s equal employment opportunities committee. The nets were cited for conducting diversity talent showcases, which gave thousands of union members the opportunity to audition for network casting personnel.
The union also presented its first American Scene Award for daytime TV to “The Young and the Restless” and Sony Pictures Television for developing characters who represent America’s diversity “with dignity and strength.”
AFTRA tapped “TB Outreach,” from Zamacona Prods., in the nonbroadcast industrial/educational category; project was filmed in collaboration with the Curry National Tuberculosis Center of San Francisco. Winner in the documentary news feature category was “Boy From Bolivia,” from KING-TV Seattle, about a young boy with a life-threatening spinal condition.
TV news station award went to KTTV Los Angeles for its entertainment programming and the diversity of its news team.
Special chairs awards were presented to “The Experiment” by WFLD Chicago, for its series dealing with the issues of race and sexuality, and to the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service at KABC Radio.
Radio awards went to “Atorados” and “Rosalba” from Voz Latina and Family Theater Prods., and to “African American Pioneers,” from KCBS Radio, San Francisco.
Jim Ed Norman, president of Warner Bros. Records/Nashville, won a sound recordings award for his role in the development of the West Coast country-rock sound of the ’70s.
The George Heller Memorial Gold Card was presented to Boston broadcaster John Henning (WBZ), a member since 1965, and to broadcaster and national VP Dick Kay.