The annual EMA Awards honor film and television personalities, productions, musicians and musical tours that convey environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways.
Since 1991, the EMA Awards has been the only program solely devoted to celebrating the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts. A pioneer in linking the power of celebrity to environmental awareness, it was EMA who invented the ‘green carpet,’ launching the concept of taking a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle – not a limo – to our annual Awards show. In 2007, for the first time, the EMA Awards will be seen around the world, broadcast globally by E! Entertainment Television and BBC International.
Producers, directors, actors, writers, musicians and celebrities nominated for an EMA Award share a passion for the environment. From serious documentary filmmakers to pop culture producers to socially conscious musicians and paparazzi-prone celebrities, they recognize the huge influence entertainment wields the public and use it to spread environmental awareness in ways both subtle and strong.
EMA Award nominees…
In 2006, environmentalism achieved a tipping point.
Between the impact of Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and a series of natural disasters, environmentalism went from being the work of activists to an every day concern for regular people. Now more than ever, people are talking – and doing something - about the environment. Conserving energy, buying locally and simply thinking more about consumerism overall are some ways people are going green.
With momentum like this, it’s vital to keep environmental awareness top of mind, and the star-studded EMA Awards does this with singular style. Although we’ve been honoring the entertainment industry’s unique ability to influence millions for almost 20 years, we are thrilled to be a part of the environment’s recent “makeover,” en route to one venerable aspiration: to create a healthier world.
Each fall, the EMA Awards are presented in the following categories:
Whether it’s a single beat in a half-hour television comedy (a blue recyclable bin used in the family kitchen) or as elaborate as the story line for an entire feature film (The Simpsons Movie dealing with the consequences Homer faces after polluting a lake). As long as the work clearly delivers an environmental message in some way, EMA considers it “environmental” and urges you to submit it for consideration.
Inspired by Ted Turner, EMA presents a special award for the scripted, primetime television episode that best deals with the issue of population growth and responsibility. Programs dealing with environmental consequences of overcrowding, interpersonal issues such as teenage pregnancy, contraception or abstinence, abortion or stories relating to the empowerment of women as it relates to population growth will all be considered.
In addition to category-specific EMA Awards, special honors are given to people in the entertainment industry who have gone above and beyond to help the environment both professionally and personally. Past honorees include Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Jayni and Chevy Chase, Blythe Danner, Dave Matthews Band, Daryl Hannah, Maroon5, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, Edward Norton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rob Reiner and John Travolta.
The party held after the EMA Awards Ceremony is unlike any other Hollywood event in that we merge culinary excellence with organic responsibility. The Gala is a showcase for all things green – from the organic food and beverages served on chinaware (not paper or plastic!) to an environmentally themed Silent Auction to the use of reusable cloth banners and signs. All print materials are printed on 100% recycled chlorine free paper with soy-based ink. And, of course, everything possible is recycled.
Each year, EMA is honored to have many of the top chefs in Los Angeles cater our incredibly delicious organic dinner including Christopher Blobaum (Wilshire Restaurant); Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station); Ann Gentry (Real Food Daily); Joe Miller (Joe’s); Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill and Ciudad); Mark Peel (Campanile); Louis Pechan (The Ebell of Los Angeles), Donna Prizgintas; Akasha Richmond (Akasha) and Suzanne Tracht (Jar).
Besides tasting and looking great, organic products promote a less toxic environment for everyone. Certified Organic products are produced without GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), which are prohibited in the standards for organic food and farming. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent chemicals from getting into our air and water systems. Organic farming practices encourage ecological harmony and environmental responsibility; organic farmers maintain a biologically sustainable investment in our future. Why organic? For so many reasons, including the health of our families and our planet.
The 18th Annual Environmental Media Awards will be presented in the fall of 2008, but our nominee entry outreach is ongoing. If you worked on a television episode or film with an environmental message, we hope you will submit it for consideration.
To be eligible, productions must have aired on national U.S. television or have been released in U.S. theatrically or first screened at an accredited film festival between July 6, 2007 and July 5, 2008. Television entries must have first aired on national network, cable, or public television or reached 51 percent of the national market in first-run syndication during the above qualifying time period. Scripted entertainment productions are eligible for consideration, in addition to educational reality programming with high entertainment value. News programs, talk shows, public service announcements and sports programs are not eligible at this time. EMA reserves the right to review all entries for eligibility.