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Honorees and nominees for the eighth annual ADCOLOR awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Sept. 20, were announced last week. Three of the awardees are Judy A. Smith, founder and president of Smith and Co.; Charles King, a partner/agent with the motion picture department at William Morris Entertainment; and Anthony Watson, the chief information officer of Nike Inc. Smith, who is reportedly the catalyst behind the success of Shonda Rhimes, creator of popular TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal,” handles strategic and crisis communications. King is also a recipient of the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Diversity. In addition, he sits on a number of prestigious boards, including the American Black Film Festival. Watson is a widely recognized expert in branding and global information. He is chair of the European Diversity Awards, Europe’s largest awards ceremony for companies leading the way in diversity and inclusion. CNN correspondent Don Lemon will host the awards. For more info, go to www.adcolor.org.