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7 March 2001 Issue
Genesis Award Winners

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LOS ANGELES -- Feb. 27, 2001 -- "Chicken Run," "Dateline NBC," "Family Law," "Popular," "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher," "CNN & TIME," "The Wild Thornberries" and Cathy Guisewite¹s "Cathy" are among the 20 winners of the Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards, an international distinction that recognizes members of the major news and entertainment media for spotlighting animal issues with courage, creativity and integrity.

Individuals from the major media -- film, television and print -- will be honored and on-hand to accept the awards at the star-studded, televised ceremony at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, March 10.

Hosts Judd Nelson and Charlotte Ross will be joined by celebrity presenters Catherine Bell, Linda Blair, Jamie Cromwell, Tim Curry, Valerie Harper, Tippi Hedren, Frances Fisher, Bill Goldberg, Wendie Malick, Taylor Momsen and Kelly, the canine star of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Kevin Nealon, Alan Rachins, Doris Roberts, Susan Sullivan and Dennis Weaver at the Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards, a black-tie gala honoring outstanding individuals in the major news and entertainment
media for spotlighting animal issues with courage, creativity and integrity. The taped-for-television event will celebrate its 11th year on air.

The winners of the Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards honoring outstanding works in 2000 are:

Feature Film:
"Chicken Run" (DreamWorks Pictures), for a creative and empathetic insight into chicken farming from the chickens' point of view.

Television Network Newsmagazine:
"Dateline NBC," for two powerful, sobering exposés -- on puppy mills and on broadtail fur, revealing its cruel and barbaric production. Reporter Chris Hansen will accept his Genesis Award in person.

Television Dramatic Series:
"Family Law" (CBS), for a timely and controversial story featuring a custody battle for a chimpanzee, exploring the arguments against keeping primates as companion animals.

Television Comedy Series:
"Popular" (The WB), for a script questioning the eating of cows and the wearing of leather.

Television Talk Show:
"Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" (ABC), for fearlessly dissecting the arguments of those who defend hunting, declaring that the animals' right to live supersedes a dying child's wish to kill.

Television Commercial:
Land Rover, for a humanely inspired commercial, promoting a vehicle while also creating a touching moment of compassion for a rain-soaked dog.

Cable Documentary:
"Investigative Reports" (A&E), for a disturbing look at the perils facing the buffalo of Yellowstone National Park. Host Bill Kurtis will accept his Genesis Award in person.

Cable Newsmagazine:
"CNN & TIME" (CNN), for exposing the dark side of greyhound racing.

Cable Documentary Series:
"Earth Rescue" (Outdoor Life Network), for a shocking overview of elephants in circuses, exposing the cruel capture, transport, training methods and unnatural lifestyles they endure.

PBS Documentary:
"Nature," for an unprecedented look at the history of elephants held captive for human curiosity and entertainment.

PBS Series:
"ITN World News," for a graphic, heart-wrenching series exposing some of the worst cases of animal torture around the world.

News Series:
KING-TV (Seattle), for a groundbreaking, seven-part series revealing the unimaginable suffering of cows as they are turned into steaks and burgers at the IBP slaughterhouse in Washington State.

News Feature:
KARE-TV (Minneapolis), for revealing the horrible, underlying cruelty to horses in the production of Premarin.

Reality Programming:
"Wild Rescues" (Animal Planet), for a series of powerful segments spot-lighting animals in peril, and those people whose valiant efforts save them.

Children's Programming:
"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee." (Nickelodeon), for introducing information on a myriad of animal issues, presented in a format easily embraced by children.

Children's Programming - Animated:
"The Wild Thornberrys" (Nickelodeon), for a sterling season of inspired and clever episodes nurturing a sense of compassion and responsibility.

"Cathy," for challenging the fur industry's hype with style and wit, and for promoting the adoption of older dogs from shelters. Cathy Guisewite will accept her Genesis Award in person.

Print Periodical:
The Atlantic Monthly, for "From the Leash to the Laboratory," which unmasks the trade involving the theft of dogs for sale to laboratories.

Special Awards Ark Trust International Award:
Daily Express (United Kingdom), for "Terrible Despair of Animals Cut Up in Name of Research," a two-part exposé on xenotransplantation horrors.

Brigitte Bardot International Award:
(ARTE), for a segment airing in France and Germany that shines the media spotlight on the shocking abuse of U.S. rodeo animals.

Winners are selected from material released in 2000. Entries are submitted by those in the news and entertainment industry or by "peoples choice," with finalists voted upon by the 17-member Genesis Awards Committee.

Since its inception in 1986, the Genesis Awards has become the nations premier animal issues "consciousness-raiser" and the award is the only major news and entertainment media distinction concerning animal issues.

The Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards will be taped for television in front of an anticipated audience of more than 1,000. The TV special will air on Animal Planet on Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (PT) and 9 p.m. and midnight (ET), and on Sunday, May 13, at 10 a.m. (PT) and 1 p.m. (ET).

Wyler and Robert Halmi Sr. are the executive producers and Paul Flattery is the producer of the special. Event Patron is Hallmark Entertainment. Event Benefactor is Culinary Revolution. Sponsors are PETsMART Charities and ARKCLUB.NET, a division of Mudix Group Japan.

WHEN: Saturday, March 10
5:00 p.m. No-host Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Gourmet Vegan Dinner
7:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:00 p.m. Awards Presentation and TV special taping

WHERE: The Beverly Hilton/International Ballroom
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, Calif.

General admission ticket prices are $200, priority seating tickets are $350.
For ticket and table information, call (818) 501-2275 (2ARK).

Media Contact:
Phillip J. Nawroth
Public Information Manager
The Ark Trust
(818) 501-2275
[email protected]

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