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19th Annual Genesis Awards held at
the Beverly Hilton March 19th, 2005 flowed
seamlessly from dazzling red carpet celebrity
entrances, a bubbly cocktail reception, to
a very vegan dinner and program and yes for
VIP's, another party! All for a very important
cause .... animals!
Wyler, the Genesis Award's
vivacious conceptual creator and once
again this year's Chairperson, orchestrated
a fun yet poignant evening highlighting animal
concerned media. A cause that Wayne Pacelle,
President and CEO of the Humane Society of
the United States (HSUS) salutes along with
his many co-workers. HSUS's Fund for Animals,
and newly created Animal Protection Litigation
section are pro-active to diminish and dissolve
in particular 1 - factory farming, 2 - animal
fighting, 3 - the fur trade, and 4 - canned
First grand applause for the evening's honoree
Ron Kagan, Director of the Detroit Zoo. Ron
made the tough decision in an economy driven
world to remove the Zoo's elephants, a main
draw to the Zoo, to a sanctuary. The reason?
The elephants whose survival necessitates
fresh air, were not only suffering in the
cold Winters, they were also suffering the
effects of disease attributed to those conditions.
So 3 cheers to Ron Kagan for putting animal
applause goes to:
Feature Film Two Brothers by Universal Pictures.
The movie depicts vividly why "wild"
animals should remain in the wild and not
captivity. Produced, Directed and Co-Written
by Jean Jacques Annaud, Produced by Jake Eberts
and Co-Written by Alain Godard.
Documentary Film The Corporation by Big Media
Corporation. Poignant documentary depicting
corporate greed's focus on monetary gain via
animal testing and animal abuse. Mark Achbar
Director/Producer, Jennifer Abbott Director/Editor,
Joel Bakan Writer/Co-Creator, Bart Simpson
Producer, and Zietgeist Films USA Distributor.
Feature Film goes to Benji: Off The Leash.
This story by Mulberry Square Productions
focuses on the abuse of backyard breeding
and the link between domestic and animal abuse.
Joe Camp Writer/Producer, Margaret Loesch
Producer, Jim Ritchie Excutive Producer, Sherman
Muths Jr. Executive Producer, Sherman Muths
III Executive Producer, Roy C. Williams Executive
Producer, Jack & Phoebe Lewis Executive
Producers and Benji The Star!
Caesar Comedy Award goes to ABC's 8 Simple
Rules - Finale-Part Deux. A leaping light
comedy pointing out the reality of frog dissection.
James Widdoes, Tom Shadyac, Michael Bostick,
Tracy Gamble Executive Producers, Gayle Abrams,
Seth Kurland, Ric Swarzlander, Martin Weiss
Co-Executive Producers, Bonnie Kallman Producer,
Alan Padula Producer, Bill Daly Bill Callahan
Writers, Bill Daly, Paul Giancarelli, David
DiPietro Co-Producers, James Widdoes Director.
Series goes to Showtimes Huff-Is She Dead".
Depicts the insensitivity shown by a grandmother
in this case towards her grandson's concerns
about slaughtering methods. Produced by Sony
Pictures Television, Bob Lowry Co-Executive
Producer, Hank Azaria, Nancy Sanders, Lori-Etta
Taub Producers, Daugherty Chase, David Maples,
Mark Richard Co-Producers, Bob Lowry Writer,
Scott Winant Director.
the TV Newsmagazine category Dateline NBC
won accolades for Out to Pasture. Alerting
viewers to the ongoing suffering of horses
used in the production of the drup Premarin.
The unfortunate side effect to the story was
less horse demand for the drug and now horses
are diverted to slaughterhouses. David Corvo
Executive Producer, Keith Morrison Correspondent,
Christian Martin Producer and Stone Phillips
News Tonight with Peter Jennings' Animal Cruelty
for National News Feature. For in-depth reporting
on pre-slaughter abuse of chickens by the
Pilgrim's Pride chicken factory. Footage included
live chickens being slammed against walls
and worse. Jon Banner Executive Producer,
Ned Potter Correspondent, Peter Jennings Anchor
and Managing Editor, Deanna Lee Senior Producer,
Diane Mendez Producer for New York, Diane
Boozer, Clayton Sandell and Toni Wilson Producers
in D.C., and Sarah Josephson Editor.
Channel's That's So Raven - A Goat's Tale
for Children's Programming. Realization that
stealing another school's mascot is stealing
a live living thing, not an object. Michael
Poryes and Susan Sherman Creators, Sean McNamara
and David Brookwell Executive Producers, Dennis
Rinsler and Marc Warren Executive Producers,
Patty Gary-Cox Producer, Ed Evans Writer and
Debbie Allen Director.
Planet/Discovery Channel's Cable Documentary
Papa Bear. A look at black bears rehabilitated
by a naturalist only to have reckless hunters
shoot one bear. Caroll Fleisher Producer/Writer,
Neil Rettig Director, Krysia Carter-Giez Editor,
Don Grady Music, Dawn Sinsel Animal Planet
Executive Producer, Robert Branch Discovery
Channel Executive Producer.
Cable Newsmagazine, Real Sports Dog Fears
on HBO. The grim doomed reality of the fate
of non-winning greyhound dogs in the race
world. Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein Executive
Producers, Kirby Bradley Senior Producer,
Andrew Bennett Producer, Bernard Goldberg
Correspondent, Jeff Winn Director and Bryant
Montel Williams Show for Syndicated Talk Show.
Two issues. By exposing to viewers children
abusing animals if unstopped often escalates
to harming or killing people. Another subject.
The resumption in Canada of brutally clubbing
seals to death for fur. Montel Williams Executive
Producer and Host, Diane Rappaoport Executive
Producer, Heather Smith-Prout Director, Kim
Justice for Syndicated Newsmagazine. Multiple
stories on animal abuse ranging from the fur
trade, diminished wild horse numbers and hunting.
Jane Velez-Mitchell and Omar Lugones Correspondents,
Harvey Levin and Lisa Hudson Executive Producers,
and Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey Senior Executive
Planet's Animal Cops Houston for Reality Programming.
The lengths an American soldier in Iraq goes
to take home a stray puppy. Andrea Cornes
Executive Producer, Paul Fitzgerald and Ron
Trickett Series Producers and Kevin Tao Mohs
Animal Planet Executive Producer. By the way,
Ratchett the dog is happy and healthy in the
Friend Forgotten for National PBS Documentary.
Documentary on a dog named Clover and a kitten
named Oreo and their life in an overpopulated
animal world. Julie Lofton Director/Producer/Writer,
David Duchovny Host/ Narrator, Michael Eldridge
Creative Consultant, Jan Sutcliffe Editor
and Matt Mariano Original Score.
Local PBS Documentary Out of the Pit, Dog
Fighting in Chicago, WTTW in Chicago. The
illigal sport of dog fighting which continues
to thrive and is inherently linked to other
crime activity. Butch Campbell Executive Producer/
Producer/Director / Writer, Sierra Cleveland
Executive Producer/Producer/Writer, Lisa Stran
Narrator, Julianne Schanda Campbell Project
Local News Feature KTVU-TV in the Bay Area's
Behind the Scenes at Ringling Brothers. An
in-depth look at questionable training methods
using clubs on circus elephants and in particular
the death of one elephant. Leslie Griffith
Reporter and Ed Chapuis News Director.
Local News Series WPMI-TV in Mobile Alabama's
Pork and Politics. A 3 part report on forced
lawmakers to shut down the illegal sport of
hog-dog fighting. Mike Rush Reporter/Writer,
Mike Corry and Taylor Hulsey Photographers
and Joe Raia News Director.
Periodical Time Magzine's Saving the Big Cats.
A thorough cover story on the real status
of big cats, their numbers, their living conditions,
throughout the world. Terry McCArthy and Andrea
Dorfman Writers, Gideon Mendel Photographer.
Series of Newspaper Articles the South FLorida
Sun-Sentinel's Marine Attractions Below the
Surface. The real truth about Marine Parks
animal longevity and turnover. Sally Kestin
Writer and John Maines Database Specialist.
Cartoonist Ongoing Commitment Patick McDonnell's
Mutts syndicated by King Features. Highlighting
animal issues with compassion and insight.
Brigette Bardot International Carte Blanche
of South Africa's Animals and the Law. Insight
to the overhaul of animal protection laws
in South Africa to prevent ongoing animal
cruelty. George Mazarakis Executive Producer
of Carte Blanche and Hein Ungerer Producer
for Kisambo Television Productions.
the Doris Day Music Award, Nellie McKay of
Sony Music Entertainment for The Dog Song.
Witty song about the joys of walking your
dog and getting your dog from a shelter. Nellie
McKay Singer / Songwriter.
Student Award Journalist Michael Croland of
Carnegie Mellon University. Articles written
about critical animal issues that have reached
a broad avenue of newspapers.
to all and to HSUS for all of its inroads
which includes British Parliament banning
foxhunting, the Spanish government relooking
at bull fighting and California banning the
declawing of exotic cats.
Bless and keep up the great work!