The Drew Barrymore-John Krasinski feature film Big Miracle, Stephen Colbert’s satirical The Colbert Report, David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law, Rock Center With Brian Williams, Discovery Channel’s Ivory Wars, and ABC’s Nightline were among winners in news and entertainment categories presented at the Humane Society of the United States’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala tonight at The Beverly Hilton. Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the event.
Universal’s Big Miracle, directed by Ken Kwapis from a screenplay by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, is based on Thomas Rose’s book about efforts to save a family of trapped cetaceans, Freeing The Whales. Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report took the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for its biting satire of a Congressman’s defense of dogfighting, and NBC’s Harry’s Law won the Dramatic Series Award for an episode questioning the ethics of keeping primates in captivity.
Best TV Documentary went to Discovery’s Ivory Wars for its examination of the elephant ivory trade, and the best TV Newsmagazine Award was shared by NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams for in-depth reporting on endangered orangutans and rhinos and the issue of chimps in research, and ABC’s Nightline for an investigation into the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses by one of the industry’s best-known trainers.
A list of movie and TV honorees follows:
Big Miracle Universal Pictures
Nightline “The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses” ABC
Rock Center With Brian Williams NBC “At What Cost?”, “Ken and Rosie” & “Last Stand”
Harry’s Law “Gorilla My Dreams” NBC
SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
The Colbert Report Representative Steve King on dogfighting Comedy Central
Ivory Wars Discovery Channel
Wild Justice Nat Geo Channel
World News with Diane Sawyer downer cow video ABC
CBS This Morning “Shark Tagging”
LOCAL TV NEWS
KNBC 4 News “Bunny Trafficking”
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee “Animals? Show Me the Money!” Nickelodeon
BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL TV
60 Minutes “Jungle Warfare” Nine Network Australia