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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
The winners of the Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards
honoring outstanding works in 2000 are:
"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.
Land Rover, for a humanely inspired commercial, promoting a vehicle
while also creating a touching moment of compassion for a rain-soaked
"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.
"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.
"Nature," for an unprecedented look at the history of elephants held
captive for human curiosity and entertainment.
"ITN World News," for a graphic, heart-wrenching series exposing some of
the worst cases of animal torture around the world.
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.
KARE-TV (Minneapolis), for revealing the horrible, underlying cruelty to
horses in the production of Premarin.
"Wild Rescues" (Animal Planet), for a series of powerful segments
spot-lighting animals in peril, and those people whose valiant efforts
"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.
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
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
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).
Phillip J. Nawroth
Public Information Manager
The Ark Trust
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