AmericanLife TV Friday confirmed it will air the 22nd Annual Genesis Awards on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. Presented by The Humane Society, the award show recognizes media members who have demonstrated “outstanding commitments to raising awareness for animal issues.”
Taped at the Beverly Hills Hilton, presenters and awardees will included the likes of Hayden Panettiere, Bill Maher, Kyle MacLachlan, Ben Stein and CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
The show will re-air at 11 p.m. ET and again on Wednesday. Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. ET and Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. and midnight ET.
“We’re really excited to be the premiere network for these awards and to help to publicize animal protection issues, especially in a year in which cases of animal cruelty are still making headlines,” Mark Ringwald, AmericanLife TV’s vice president of programming, said in a statement. “The Genesis Awards are an important component of our socially responsible programming and reflect the interests and issues of our boomer audience.”
The Genesis Awards was founded in 1986 by animal advocate Gretchen Wyler , who passed away last year. Wyler believed that recognizing members of the media for their commitment to animal rights would promote and encourage future dedication to animal issues. The original event began as a luncheon with only 140 members in attendance and is now a large gala which is host to more than 1,000 guests held in Beverly Hills, California.