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‘Big Miracle,’ ‘The Colbert Report’ Win Genesis Awards


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The Humane Society of the United States also honors Kesha with its Wyler Award for spreading the word about animal protection issues.

The feature film , Stephen Colbert’s , the TV series , the TV news magazines and , Discovery Channel’s and pop star Kesha took home top honors at The Humane Society of the United States’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, which was held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

judge and animal advocate Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the ceremony.

The Universal release was named best feature film for its tale about international efforts to save a family of trapped whales; Comedy Central’s picked up the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for its satire of a congressman’s defense of dogfighting, and NBC’s won the dramatic series award for a storyline questioning the ethics of keeping primates in captivity. Best TV documentary went to Discovery’s for a look at the escalation in elephant ivory trade, and the best TV newsmagazine award was shared between NBC’s , for reporting on endangered orangutans and rhinos and the issue of chimps in research, and ABC’s for an investigation into the abuse of Tennessee walking horses by one of the industry’s best-known trainers.

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Kesha received HSUS’ Wyler Award for her dedication to spreading the word about multiple animal protection issues to her international fan base.

In other categories, Nat Geo Channel’s was named best reality Ssries, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer took the national news award, picked up best norning show, and Los Angeles’ won the local TV news prize.

“We are so grateful to the news and entertainment media for keeping animal protection issues firmly in their view in genres as diverse as comedy programming and documentaries. Concern for the welfare of animals has universal audience appeal, and since so much of what negatively impacts animals occurs out of sight, it’s important that these issues remain in the media spotlight,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach program and executive producer of The Genesis Awards.

A complete list of winners follows:

FEATURE FILM

,  Universal Pictures

TV NEWSMAGAZINE

, “The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses,” ABC

, “At What Cost?,” “Ken and Rosie,” and  “Last Stand,” NBC

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DRAMATIC SERIES

, “Gorilla My Dreams,” NBC

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD

, Representative Steve King on dogfighting. Comedy Central

TV DOCUMENTARY

, Discovery Channel

REALITY SERIES

, Nat Geo Channel

NATIONAL NEWS  

, downer cow video, ABC

MORNING SHOW

, “Shark Tagging,” CBS

LOCAL TV NEWS   

, “Bunny Trafficking,” KNBC-4

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

, “Animals?  Show Me the Money!,”  Nickelodeon

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL TV                    

, “Jungle Warfare,” Nine Network Australia

PRINT MAGAZINE

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, “Cheetahs on the Edge” by Roff Smith, “Ivory Worship” by Bryan Christy, “Rhino Wars” by Peter Gwin

COLUMNIST

THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM, Roy Exum, multiple part series on Tennessee walking horse soring

NEWSPAPER SERIES

three-part series on Wildlife Services by Tom Knudson

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL PRINT

SOUTH ASIA Magazine (Pakistan) “Animal Welfare in Islam” by Aiman Reyaz and “Law of the Land” by Anees Jillani, with commentary by Syed Rizvi

THE WYLER AWARD

Kesha

THE GENESIS CORPORATE AWARD

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

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