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Hollywood Feature Films Lead the Nominee Pack for Genesis Awards

War Horse, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rio and Dolphin Tale are Cited by Nation’s Largest Animal Protection Organization for their Animal-Friendly Themes

DreamWorks’ Academy Award-nominated War Horse, Twentieth Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Rio, and Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale lead the diverse field of 58 nominees for The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards.  Honoring the news and entertainment media for their outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in 19 categories, The HSUS’s 26th Genesis Awards, hosted by Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba, will be presented at a gala ceremony on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Calif.  The event will air as a one-hour special on Animal Planet in May.

“It was an outstanding year for major feature films with strong animal protection content and, most significantly, a combined domestic box office gross of $468 million - $1.17 billion worldwide. Animal welfare concerns, such as chimpanzees being used in research which is addressed in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, are reaching huge audiences, thanks to the quality and engaging storylines of these films,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards. 

In other major categories, the IMAX film Born to be Wild 3D, Buck and One Lucky Elephant are nominated for the Feature Documentary award, while Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait (BBC America), Madonna of the Mills (HBO) and Nature’s Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey (PBS) are in contention for the TV Documentary honors.  Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, Fox’s The Cleveland Show and ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey are up for the Sid Caesar Comedy Award, and A&E’s The Glades and CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 are in line for the Dramatic Series award. Contesting the Talk Show category are the doyennes of television, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Martha Stewart Show.

The world of television, print and online journalism continues to be a constant and groundbreaking source of animal protection coverage, with many notable contenders in this year’s various news media categories, including: ABC’s 20/20 and World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, NBC’s TODAY and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Vanity Fair, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic magazine, NY Times.com, The Atlantic.com, and McClatchy Newspapers.

Tickets are available at humanesociety.org/genesis.

The 26th Genesis Awards is sponsored in part by Misix, Market Development Group, The InterGroup Corporation, Hilton San Francisco Financial District, Prai Beauty Group, Tenet, Euro RSCG Edge, Honda, One Car One Difference and Modern Dog.

26th Genesis Awards Nominations

FEATURE FILM
DOLPHIN TALE  Alcon Entertainment                                                      

RIO  Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios                                           

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES  Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment

WAR HORSE  DreamWorks SKG   

                                                                                                                                                                       
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BORN TO BE WILD 3D Warner Bros. Pictures, IMAX Corporation                                
BUCK  Sundance Selects, Cedar Creek Productions                                                           

ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT  Crossover Productions, Sandbar Pictures

                                                                                                           
SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD

THE CLEVELAND SHOW  Ain’t Nothin’ But Mutton Bustin’  FOX

THE COLBERT REPORT  multiple issues  Comedy Central

MELISSA & JOEY  Toledo’s Next Top Model  ABC Family          

 

DRAMATIC SERIES

THE GLADES  Swamp Thing  A&E                                                                                    

HAWAII FIVE-0  Lapa’au  CBS                   

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE  Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal Nickelodeon                       

SID THE SCIENCE KID  Save the Stump!  PBS Kids                                                       

 

TV NEWSMAGAZINE

20/20  egg farm cruelty  ABC                                                                                                           

ANDERSON COOPER 360  multiple issues  CNN

E:60  cockfighting  ESPN                                                                                         

ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL  multiple issues  HLN

 

NATIONAL NEWS

ABC WORLD NEWS WITH DIANE SAWYER  egg farm cruelty          

CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC   multiple issues            

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS  multiple issues

 

LOCAL NEWS FEATURE

KHOU-TV (Houston)  multiple issues                                                                                  

KPHO-TV (Phoenix)  CBS 5 Investigates Canned Hunts                                         

KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)  multiple issues

WPMI-TV (Mobile)  Alabama’s Blood Sport and Training to Fight

 

LOCAL NEWS SERIES

KTNV-TV (Las Vegas)  LOLAA Kennel      

WOIO-TV 19 ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)  Torture at the E6 Cattle Ranch

 

MORNING NEWS SHOW

SUNDAY MORNING  BATS! from Barry Petersen  CBS                          

TODAY  multiple issues from Jill Rappaport  NBC

TODAY  Online Puppy Sales from Lisa Myers  NBC                                                                                                                                                                                              

TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW  multiple issues                                                          

THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW  vegan cooking                                                           

THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW  vegan challenge

 

TV DOCUMENTARY/SPECIALS

GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT  BBC America                                                       

MADONNA OF THE MILLS  HBO2                                                                                 

NATURE  Broken Tail:  A Tiger’s Last Journey  PBS         

 

REALITY SERIES

ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES:  CAPTIVE HUNTING EXPOSED                                 

CRIMES AGAINST NATURE  Blood Ivory and Making a Killing  Nat Geo Wild                       

IT’S ME OR THE DOG  Bone Of Contention  Animal Planet                                             

VANGUARD  Tiger Farms  Current TV     

 

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL

KOPI LUWAK / ETHICAL CONSUMERISM Carte Blanche M-Net South Africa

THE MEDAN CONNECTION  Carte Blanche M-Net South Africa

 

 

OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD


MAGAZINE
MOTHER JONES  The Cruelest Show on Earth  by Deborah Nelson

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC  multiple articles  Editor in Chief,  Chris Johns
O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE  multiple articles  Editor in Chief, Susan Casey
VANITY FAIR  Agony and Ivory by Alex Shoumatoff                                                                        

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER  Janet Patton
MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS  Chris Adams                                                                    

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT  Philip Walzer  

 

ONLINE AWARD
THE ATLANTIC.COM  multiple articles on wild horses by Andrew Cohen

LA TIMES.COM  multiple issues by Dean Kuipers                               
NY TIMES.COM  multiple issues by Mark Bittman                                                                       
TIME.COM  multiple issues by Krista Mahr, Alexandra Silver, and Bryan Walsh                                                                                                                                                         

 

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE INDEPENDENT (UK) multiple articles by Martin Hickman

SOUTH ASIA magazine (Pakistan) Importance of Animals in Islam by Nilofar Ahmed, Social Justice And Ethics by Anees Jillani, and a commentary by Syed Rizvi

THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)  multiple articles by Daniel Foggo, Simon Parry,

and Hannah Ashwell

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM  A Call to Compassion from Our Brothers the Animals by Kendra Langdon Juskus      

ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER  Finding Faith in God’s Creatures by B.G. Kelley

 

Media Contact:  Sue Blackmore, HSUS Hollywood office: 310 440 0600; sue@hsushollywood.org.