Made in NY Awards slates honorees

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NEW YORK -- Tina Fey and producers Warrington Hudlin, Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot are among the entertainment industry honorees at Monday night's annual Made in NY Awards.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will also present awards to commercial director Kevin Breslin and the New Victory Theater in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall. The backdrop for the ceremony is the multimedia exhibit "Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies," showcasing images of the city from classic films.

The NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting chose the honorees based on their "excellence and loyalty to New York represented in different disciplines of the entertainment industry," said office commissioner Katherine Oliver.

An innaugural Diversity Award will be given to Hudlin, president and co-founder of the non-profit Black Filmmaker Foundation, established in 1978 to help emerging filmmakers and gather audiences for their work. The award was created in conjunction with the MOFTB's recently founded Diversity Task Force, which will launch a series of programs this summer to help women and minority filmmakers.

"30 Rock" creator and veteran "Saturday Night Live" writer/star Fey is being honored, said Oliver, for being "very vocal about supporting New York production." She stars in the Universal Pictures comedy "Baby Mama," now filming in the city in locations which substitute for Philadelphia.

HDNet Films co-founders Kliot and Vicente are being honored, said Oliver, for their efforts to ensure that "all digital media companies thrive in New York." Their DV feature production outfit is part of Wagner/Cuban Companies.

The New Victory Theater award will be accepted by president Cora Cahan. When the 107-year-old Theatre Republic was remodeled and reopened with faamily-friendly shows in 1995, it helped spearhead the revitalization of its seedy 42nd Street location and the entire Times Square neighborhood.

Breslin, son of legendary New York journalist Jimmy Breslin, has produced several commercial campaigns for companies such as Chevrolet and IBM. He was behind the city's "Made in NY" campaign to promote production and the city's 2012 Olympic campaign.

This marks the second year of the MINY Awards ceremony. The city ran a previous entertainment awards program, the Crystal Apple Awards, from 1984 to 2001.
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