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February 25, 2009

And the Nominees for The HSUS' 23rd Genesis Awards Are...

Animal Protection Group Fetes the Best in Animal-Friendly News, Entertainment Media at Annual Awards Show

The Humane Society of the United States

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, will roll out the red carpet for 58 nominees in 19 major media categories at The 23rd Genesis Awards gala ceremony on Saturday, March 28 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The only awards show of its kind honoring the news and entertainment media for showcasing animal issues, this year's Genesis Awards gives the nod to an eclectic range of popular fare. The contenders include Walt Disney's Academy Award-nominated Bolt and 20th Century Fox's box office hit Marley and Me, nominated in the Feature Film category, and syndicated TV giants The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Martha Stewart Living snagging all three Genesis Talk Show nominations. Primetime favorites such as Fox's Bones, ABC's Grey's Anatomy and NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit are in line for the best Dramatic Series Award.

On the news front, all three broadcast networks are acknowledged with CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and ABC's World News with Charles Gibson nominated for National News Feature, while ABC's Nightline and 20/20 are up for TV Newsmagazine – National. CNN has two nominations with Planet in Peril, a nominee for TV Documentary, and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell competing with HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in the TV Newsmagazine – Cable category.

"Animal protection is a subject that is finding its way into all media genres and platforms because it's an issue of genuine interest and concern to audiences everywhere," says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS' Hollywood office and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards. "This year's Genesis nominees prove that whether you're a fan of animated comedies like Fox's Family Guy or The Simpsons, or unscripted series like FX's 30 Days or Animal Planet's Whale Wars, there's a compelling and entertaining story to be told."

The 23rd Genesis Awards will also present The Wyler Award to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for making news on behalf of animals. The award, named after Genesis Awards founder and former Broadway headliner Gretchen Wyler, was previously bestowed on Sir Paul McCartney and Hayden Panettiere.

This year's event is dedicated to ending the Canadian seal hunt.

Among those serving on The 23rd Genesis Awards honorary committee are Rosanna Arquette, Sean Astin, William Baldwin and Chynna Phillips, Jillian Barberie, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Harrison Ford, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Maher, Maria Menounos, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Nealon, Patti Page, Hayden Panettiere, Mickey Rourke, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Smart, Amber Tamblyn and Robert Wagner.

The 23rd Genesis Awards is made possible in part by our corporate sponsors: Market Development Group, BeKind.org, Poker Stars.net and Prai Beauty Group.
 

THE 23rd GENESIS AWARDS NOMINEES

FEATURE FILM
BOLT Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
MARLEY AND ME 20th Century Fox
RED Magnolia Pictures
SAVING LUNA Mountainside Films

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
FAMILY GUY McStroke - FOX
THE SIMPSONS Apocalypse Cow - FOX

DRAMATIC SERIES
BONES The Finger in the Nest - FOX
GREY'S ANATOMY Life During Wartime - ABC
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT Wildlife - NBC

CHILDRENS PROGRAMMING
HANDY MANNY Manny's Mouse Traps - Disney Channel
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Grooming Gary - Nickelodeon

TV NEWSMAGAZINE – NATIONAL
20/20 Elephant PTSD - ABC
NIGHTLINE multiple segments - ABC

TV NEWSMAGAZINE – CABLE
ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL multiple segments - CNN
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Hidden Horses - HBO

NATIONAL NEWS FEATURE
CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC multiple segments
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS multiple segments
[ABC] WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON multiple segments

LOCAL NEWS SERIES
KGO-TV [Bay Area] I-Team Investigation: Battery Cages
KLAS-TV [Las Vegas] Elephant Abuse:  Life on the Road
WAGA-TV FOX 5 [Atlanta] Fulton County Animal Shelter
WKYC-TV [Cleveland] Sugarcreek Horse Slaughter

LOCAL NEWS FEATURE
KABC-7 [Los Angeles] EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11:00 puppy mills
KHOU-TV [Houston] Slaughtergate
WOIO-TV, 19 ACTION NEWS [Cleveland] Massillon's Mysterious Missing Tiger Cubs

TV DOCUMENTARY
BLINDERS - Documentary Channel
COMPANIONS TO NONE – PBS
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S STRANGE DAYS ON PLANET EARTH - PBS
PLANET IN PERIL: BATTLE LINES - CNN

UNSCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES
30 DAYS Animal Rights – FX
DOGTOWN Saving the Michael Vick Dogs – National Geographic Channel
ESCAPE TO CHIMP EDEN – Animal Planet
WHALE WARS Needle in a Haystack – Animal Planet

TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW – multiple shows - syndicated
MARTHA STEWART LIVING South African chimp sanctuary – syndicated
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW multiple shows - ABC

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
50/50 Illegal Rhino Horn Trade [SABC 2 - South African Public Broadcaster]
60 MINUTES Lost Hope  [Nine Network Australia]
THE MONG LAH CONNECTION [Sweden/Worldwide]
TODAY TONIGHT Taiji's Bitter Harvest [Channel 7, Perth, Australia]


THE 23RD GENESIS AWARDS OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
ASSOCIATED PRESS multiple articles by Frederick J. Frommer
LOS ANGELES TIMES multiple articles by Carla Hall
RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE multiple articles by Janet Zimmerman and Ben Goad
USA TODAY multiple articles by Sharon L. Peters

COLUMNIST
STU BYKOFSKY Philadelphia Daily News Fight Puppy Mill Horrors
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF The New York Times A Farm Boy Reflects, Obama's 'Secretary of Food'?
WILLIAM C. RHODEN The New York Times Race's Aftermath Shows Brutal Side of Sport, Filly's Death Brings Issues to Fore

NEWSMAGAZINE
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE The Barnyard Strategist by Maggie Jones
NEWSWEEK Extinction Trade by Sharon Begley
TIME Eden For Peaceful Apes by Alex Perry and Free Dumbo! Zoos Are Bad for Elephants byJeffrey Kluger

MAGAZINE
MEN'S JOURNAL Crackdown on The Dog Torturers by Mary A. Fischer
PEOPLE Horse Haven by Steve Helling, The Puppy Saver by Diane Herbst, A Happy Ending for Vick's Dogs and The Dog Rescuer by Champ Clark, and A Roaring Battle Over Sea Lions by Bill Hewitt
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES SPIRIT Back to Nurture by Mike Darling
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED The Good News Out of The Bad Newz Kennels by Jim Gorant

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL PRINT
DAILY MAIL (UK) multiple articles by Danny Penman
SUNDAY TIMES (UK) multiple articles by Daniel Foggo
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN (Australia) Taiji's Bitter Harvest by Gary Adshead

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
SANTA BARBARA NEWS PRESS multiple editorials

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting animal cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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