|HBO Producers win NIDA/CPDD Media Award for
Documentary series “Addiction”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National
Institutes of Health, and the College On Problems of Drug Dependence
(CPDD) will jointly present the 2007 Media Award to John Hoffman,
Vice President, Home Box Office (HBO) Documentary, for his role
in co-producing the groundbreaking HBO documentary series “Addiction.”
The CPDD’s Media Award is presented annually for meritorious use
of the media to educate the public about the science of drug addiction.
This year’s award will be presented on Sunday, June 17, at the
College's annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada. Mr. Hoffman will
be accepting this award on behalf of co-winners, Ms. Susan Froemke
and Ms. Sheila Nevins.
Addiction is a 14-part documentary television series
and multi-platform initiative revealing the science of addiction,
its treatment, recovery, and its costs to families and society.
The series includes the main documentary, independent films, a
website, web streams, Podcasts, a DVD, and a book. HBO, in partnership
with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute
on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
and Alcoholism (NIAAA), developed the series. The centerpiece documentary
was seen by more than thirteen million viewers on the cable channel,
and can now be seen on HBO’s Web site, www.hbo.com.
Mr. Hoffman, a graduate of Cornell University, has won numerous
prestigious film awards including an ACADEMY AWARD, multiple EMMY
awards, and Sundance and Berlin Film Festival Awards. He also co-founded
the non-profit production company dedicated to HIV education, AIDSFILMS,
and he produced several award winning documentaries including the
PBS special AIDS: Changing the Rules.
Ms. Froemke is a four-time EMMY award winner. She was nominated
for a 2001 ACADEMY AWARD for LaLee’s Kin, an HBO film,
and she won a GRAMMY in 2001 for her work as director and producer
on Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks.
Ms. Nevins received a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.F.A.
from Yale University. She is President, HBO Documentary Films.
Among her many awards and honors, she has received 17 Prime Time
EMMY awards, 24 News and Documentary EMMY awards, 25 George Foster
Peabody Awards, and a 2005 EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. She
is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), formerly the
Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence, has been in existence
since 1929 and is the longest standing group in the United States
addressing problems of drug dependence and abuse. It serves as
an interface among governmental, industrial and academic communities
maintaining liaisons with regulatory and research agencies as well
as educational, treatment, and prevention facilities in the drug
abuse field. It also functions as a collaborating center of the
World Health Organization. For more information about the CPDD’s
annual meeting: http://www.cpdd.vcu.edu)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NIDA supports most of the world's research on the health aspects
of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large
variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research
information to inform policy and improve practice. Fact sheets
on the health effects of drugs of abuse and further information
on NIDA research can be found on the NIDA web site at http://www.drugabuse.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.