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The 2011 American Scene Awards

Posted March 29, 2011

AFTRA to Celebrate the “American Scene”

National American Scene Awards®


THE DEADLINE is May 20, 2011

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists – has issued a Call for Entries for its biennial American Scene Awards®, a national competition that recognizes excellence in the employment and portrayal of women, minorities, seniors, people with disabilities and the LGBT community in a positive, balanced and realistic manner. Celebrating its 16th year, the awards are presented by the AFTRA National Equal Employment Opportunities Committee and will take place at the union’s National Convention in Seattle on July 22, 2011.

“Since 1937, AFTRA members have exhibited a proud and solid commitment to supporting diversity in action, not just in words,” explains AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon. “We believe that entertainment and news media have a responsibility to accurately and positively reflect America’s diversity. Our judges look for evidence across the broad spectrum of media in which AFTRA members work for programming and employment that illustrate the participation of the varied types of people in our society. Through these awards, AFTRA members honor producers and programmers who support our commitment to an honest portrayal of the American Scene in all of its breathtaking diversity.”

Entries can be submitted in one of several categories including Reality/Competition Programs, Daytime Drama, Television or Radio Entertainment Programming, Sound Recordings, Diversity of Television or Radio On-Air News Talent (the “Belva Davis Award”) and New Media. Additionally, the American Scene “Crystal” Award, the competition’s highest honor, is given to a producer or production that best represents the overall goals and ideals for which these awards were first envisioned in 1985.

The Call for Entries invites submissions for programming that has been produced under an AFTRA contract and which has been produced or originally aired no earlier than summer of 2009. Entries can be submitted to any AFTRA Local office, or directly to the National Office:  American Scene Awards®, AFTRA, 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 9th Floor; Los Angeles, CA  90036.  Deadline for entries is May 20. Click here to download the entry form

Past American Scene Award® winners include:

• American Idol
• Randy Jackson presents America’s Best Dance Crew
• Sesame Street, Children’s Television Workshop
• HawthoRNe,  Sony Pictures Television
• ABC Entertainment Television Group; 2005 Crystal Award Winner
• CBS Entertainment Television; 2003 Crystal Award Winner
• As The World Turns, Telenext Media, Inc.
• Passions, NBC/Universal Studios
• The Young and The Restless, Sony Pictures Television/CBS
• Jim Ed Norman, Warner Bros. Records/Nashville
• WUSA9, Washington, DC
• ABC7/WLS-TV, Chicago
• KCBS/KCAL, Los Angeles
• KTTV-Fox11, Los Angeles
• KRON-TV, San Francisco
• WNYC Radio, New York
• Someone You Should Know, Harry Porterfield, ABC7, Chicago
• Chicago Tonight; WTTW-TV, Chicago
• WFLD-TV/Fox, Chicago, for The Experiment
• We Shall Remain; American Experience, WGBH Educational Foundation
• Unshackled!, a Chicago-based, weekly half-hour radio drama heard around the world 
• AIDS:  Africa & America, from Segment Two on KTVU-TV in Oakland, CA; 
• Here’s To Life , Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV 
• Northwest Jazz , Producer Kay D. Ray

For more information, please contact Ray Bradford, National Director, Equal Employment Opportunities, AFTRA, at 323.634.8298 or rbradfor@aftra.com.

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