Genesis Awards

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The Genesis Awards are awarded annually by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to individuals in the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works which raise public awareness of animal issues. Presented by the HSUS Hollywood Outreach program, the awards show takes place every March in California. The awards have honored such well-known personalities as Michael Jackson, Aaron Sorkin, Anderson Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Goodall, David E. Kelley, Paul McCartney, Arthur Miller, Stephen Colbert, Oprah Winfrey, Prince, Jacques Cousteau and Ian Somerhalder, as well as journalists, film and documentary writers and producers, print and broadcast news outlets in the United States.

Honorary awards include the Sid Caesar Award for television comedy, the Doris Day Award for music, the Brigitte Bardot International Award for non-American media, and the Gretchen Wyler Award for a celebrity using their fame to bring attention to animal issues.

The Singer Michael Jackson won 2 Genesis Awards.


The Genesis Awards were founded as an annual event in 1986 by the Broadway actress and animal advocate Gretchen Wyler, under the aegis of the Fund for Animals. Wyler believed that rewarding members of the media encouraged them to spotlight more animal issues, thus increasing public awareness and compassion toward animals. The first event, a luncheon, drew 140 attendees, and in subsequent years it grew into a large gala averaging 800 guests.

In 1991, Wyler founded the Ark Trust, Inc., to present the Genesis Awards. Dr. Michael A. Giannelli (Ph.D. in clinical psychology; UCLA) served as the Founding Executive Director from 1991 through 1997. In 1990, it became a television special airing first on the Discovery Channel and then on Animal Planet. In August 2002, the Ark Trust joined with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Wyler, as Vice President of HSUS Hollywood, continued her role as Chair of the event and Executive Producer of the Genesis Awards television special until her retirement in 2006.

Winner selectionEdit

Beginning with the first ceremony in 1986, Genesis Awards entries have been submitted by members of the public as well as by media professionals. Categories span television, film, print, radio, music, and the arts. The Genesis Awards Committee—via a process of submission, nomination, candidate selection, debate, and secret ballot—makes the final decisions regarding the winners. The 13 committee members are selected based on their personal histories in working for animal causes. The members include people from various animal-protection organizations and diverse walks of life.

Award ceremonyEdit

Gretchen Wyler, founder of the Genesis awards, with The HSUS supporters at the 20th Annual Genesis Awards at the Beverly Hilton in March 2006

The Genesis Awards is the only event of its kind honoring the entertainment industry and news media for raising awareness of animal-protection issues.[citation needed] Celebrating the power of the news and entertainment media to shape and change societal attitudes for the good, Genesis Awards acknowledge outstanding works in TV, film, print and the arts.

Past Genesis Awards hosts include Betty White, William Shatner, Brooke Shields, Ellen DeGeneres, Ed Asner, Wendie Malick, Bill Maher, Scott Hamilton, Kevin Nealon, Bonnie Hunt, Charlotte Ross, Joely Fisher, David Hyde Pierce and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Presented at a star-studded ceremony, attracting leaders from the entertainment, news, and humane communities, Genesis Awards have featured such celebrity presenters as James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Milton Berle, Christian Bale, Sidney Poitier, Carl Reiner, Daryl Hannah, Kristen Bell, Pierce Brosnan, James Cromwell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Melanie Griffith, Teri Hatcher, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Sheen, Kaley Cuoco, Nicollette Sheridan, Alicia Silverstone, Kelsey Grammer, Deepak Chopra, Kim Cattrall, Peter Falk, Walter Matthau, and Kermit the Frog. The Genesis Awards is taped for broadcast.

The awards ceremony has been held at both the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Through the years it has aired on the Discovery Channel, American Life Network and Animal Planet.

Sponsors for the Genesis Awards have included Warner Bros., Gardein, One Car One Difference, Honda, Bank of America, HBO, Market Development Group Incorporated and more.

Past winnersEdit

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1997 Genesis Awards

  • Fly Away Home – Best Feature Film
  • Ellen – Best TV Comedy Series
  • Baywatch – Best TV Drama Series
  • The Doris Day Music Award – Crosby & Nash, "To the Last Whale"
  • A special Genesis Award was given to Dr. Michael A. Giannelli (Founding Executive Director, 1991-1997): "In Appreciation of Your Words, Your Wisdom and for Helping Develop the Soul of the Ark Trust"

1998 Genesis Awards

1999 Genesis Awards

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2001 Genesis Awards

2002 Genesis Awards

2003 Genesis Awards

2004 Genesis Awards Winners

2005 Genesis Awards Winners

2006 Genesis Awards

2007 Genesis Awards

2008 Genesis Awards

2009 Genesis Awards

2010 Genesis Awards

2011 Genesis Awards

2012 Genesis Awards

2013 Genesis Awards[1]

  • Big Miracle – Best Feature Film
  • The Colbert Report, Representative Steve King on dogfighting – Sid Caesar Comedy Award
  • Harry's Law, "Gorilla My Dreams" – Best TV Drama Series
  • Ivory Wars – Best TV Documentary
  • Wild Justice – Reality Series
  • 60 Minutes, "Jungle Warfare", Nine Network Australia – Brigitte Bardot International TV
  • The Gretchen Wyler Award – Ke$ha[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sager, Jessica. "Kesha Nabs Wyler Award From Humane Society of the United States". Pop Crush. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
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