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Honoring the news and entertainment media for their outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal-protection issues, The HSUS recognizes the best in media coverage for works aired or released in 2014.

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took aim at gestation crates and elephant ivory. Photo by: Martin Crook

  • Linda Ellerbee started the conversation with teens on the complicated issue of animal testing.

  • Morgan Spurlock delves into the day-to-day doings at an animal shelter. Photo by: Jeremy Freeman

  • Ricky Gervais uses humor to raise awareness of animal protection issues.

  • VIRUNGA looks into the precarious world of the mountain gorilla.

  • VICE exposed the illicit trade feeding the demand for rhino horns. Photo by: iStockphoto

The 2015 Winners

Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Spurlock, Bill Maher and Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow are among the celebrated media figures whose works have earned Genesis Awards in 2015. Thanks to these and many other noteworthy media voices, the spotlight has fallen on the plight of endangered elephants, rhinos and gorillas and the cruelty of gestation crates, animal testing, pet overpopulation, puppy mills, horse slaughter and many other critical issues. We salute you all!

FILM

DOCUMENTARY FILM

VIRUNGA—Netflix
A gripping documentary showcasing the realities of life in the Congo and the constant threat to mountain gorillas
 

SHORT FILM

Last Days—created by director Kathryn Bigelow
A clever and powerful look at how the sale of ivory supports not just the slaughter of elephants, but also terrorist organizations
 

TELEVISION

TV NEWSMAGAZINE

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel—HBO
Unnatural Selection
 

MORNING SHOW

TODAY
Rossen Reports: Holiday Fur Fiasco Reporter: Jeff Rossen
 

LOCAL NEWS FEATURE

WCMH-TV (Ohio NBC affiliate)
Track to Table: The Tragic Trail of Horses Reporter: Duane Pohlman
 

LOCAL NEWS SERIES

KTNV (Nevada ABC Affiliate)
Unhappy Trails at the Sagebrush Ranch (8-part series) and Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue: Rescue gone wrong? (2-part series) Reporter: Darcy Spears
 

NATIONAL NEWS

NBC Nightly News
Making a Difference: This is One Doggone Good Sanctuary Correspondent: Jill Rappaport
 

THE SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—Comedy Central 
Multiple issues addressing elephant slaughter, gestation crates and Governor Chris Christie's veto (Garden Crate, Garden Crate- The Great Debate and Porks and Habitation)
 

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Animal Rights ... or Wrongs? —Nickelodeon
A "101" on the complicated issue of animal testing

 

TV SPORTS COMMENTARY

Olbermann - hosted by Keith Olbermann—ESPN 2
A series of no-holds barred looks at the Sochi Olympics and a Centerplate CEO

Sochi Olympics: Put it in The Bin Provided

Centerplate is World's Worst Person in Sports

 

TV SPECIAL

"Fox's Cause for Paws: An All Star Dog Spectacular"—FOX
A 2-hour Thanksgiving primetime special on dog adoption, highlighting spay/neuter, pit bull Breeds, special need and senior dogs

 

REALITY SERIES

Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man—CNN
An investigation into why there are so many homeless pets and what happens to them

 

INFORMATIONAL SERIES

VICE: White Gold—HBO
An exploration of the surge in Rhino poaching and the illicit trade that drives it

 

BRIGITTE BARDOT INT'L

Panorama
Drugs and Money: Dog Racing Undercover—BBC1 (UK)
Reporter: Daniel Foggo
Greyhounds drugged to rig bets: an undercover investigation into the world of dog racing

 

PRINT

MAGAZINE FEATURE

The Christian Science Monitor "The New Ethics of Eating" Reporter: Fabien Tepper

 

ONLINE

SOCIAL MEDIA

Ricky Gervais: With millions of social media followers, Ricky consistently uses humor and candor to raise awareness of a multitude of animal protection issues
https://twitter.com/rickygervais
https://www.facebook.com/rickygervais
http://instagram.com/rickygervais

 

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