What a fantastic week for Stephen Colbert.
Not only did his sister win a Democratic House of Representative primary in South Carolina, but his series The Colbert Report was among the winners of Genesis Awards last night at the Humane Society of the United States annual Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Other television series picking up the awards included Harry's Law, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Nightline and Ivory Wars.
The Colbert Report's award was the Sid Caesar Comedy Award, for that program's satire of a congressman's defense of dogfighting. Harry Law won for its storyline of questioning the ethics of keeping primates locked up in captivity, while Ivory Wars was honored for its look at the escalation of elephant ivory trade. The best TV newsmagazine award was shared by Rock Center and Nightline, with the former being honored for reporting on endangered animals, as well as chimps being used in research, while Nightline was honored for investigating abuse of Tennessee walking horses.
The ceremony hosted by Dancing with the Stars judge and animal activist Carrie Ann Inaba.
“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.