Sheila Nevins Honored by Phoenix House

3 Feb 2015 - By TW Staff

(Above: Sheila Nevins, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Phoenix House Public Service Award Dinner.)

On January 29, Phoenix House honored Sheila Nevins, president, HBO Documentary Films, with its Public Service Award at a dinner for her commitment to bettering society, inspiring young people to live healthy, substance-free lives.  

As part of her body of work at HBO, Nevins has produced hundreds of documentaries, winning more Primetime Emmy Awards than any other person, not to mention more than 20 Academy Awards. In 2008, she executive- produced Addiction, HBO's 14-part series looking at addiction as a treatable disease. That was just one example of why Nevins' extraordinary service to society was recognized by Phoenix House, a leading nonprofit provider of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler co-chaired the event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, along with Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner’s Chairman and CEO, and Josh Sapan, President and CEO of AMC Networks.    

“For over three decades Sheila Nevins has used the privilege and influence of her position as the President of HBO Documentary Films to illuminate, to elevate, and to inform about the tragic consequences of addiction,” Plepler said in introducing Nevins. “She has done this using her very special brand of originality and story-telling and she has done it by creating an emotional connection with audiences all over the world. No one has done more to make addiction a part of the national conversation over many years, than Sheila.”

See photos from the event below.

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