In 1992, Fr. Tony Scannell, Capuchin invited a small number of Catholics working in the entertainment industry to meet and discuss their personal feelings on faith and spirituality as it is experienced in the workplace. The group grew in spirit and purpose and soon Catholics In Media Associates (CIMA) was born.
After attending one of CIMA’s prayer meetings, Cardinal Roger Mahony asked the group to host the Archbishop’s Annual Communion Breakfast for the entertainment industry. In 1993, the first annual CIMA Awards were inaugurated.
CIMA’s original purpose was now broadened with guidance from the 1992 Vatican document on Media -- Aetatis Novae, "the dawn of a new era". In part, it says that we "... contribute to that integral development of the dimensions of man and society and that we should seek ... to promote media awards and other means of recognition in order to encourage and support media professionals." Based on this principle, the First Annual CIMA Mass and Awards Brunch was launched.
The Awards Mass and Brunch was held annually in the fall until 2008, when it was moved to the spring.