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CARTE BLANCHE AWARD (article first published : 2005-04-8)

M-Net's Carte Blanche is on the awards trail again, scooping the prestigious Outstanding Brigitte Bardot International Genesis Award at the Humane Society of the United States Genesis Awards in California.

Producer Hein Ungerer and the Carte Blanche team won the award for the Animals and the Law insert, broadcast on M-Net last January. Carte Blanche have previously won in this category at the Genesis Awards - last taking home this massive international prize in for another Hein Ungerer report, Tuli Elephant Abuse, in 2000.

Now in its 19th year, the Genesis Awards has acknowledged select members of the international news and entertainment media for exemplary accomplishments in spotlighting animal issues with creativity and integrity.

Gretchen Wyler, Vice-President of the Humane Society of the United States Hollywood Office says the Carte Blanche team showed great courage in putting the insert together. "One wonders how the film crew can continue in the face of such devastating cruelty. The primary focus of the work is on the failure of South Africa to have passed laws to protect animals from such abuse."

Highlighting the positive impact of the insert, Wyler says "Your viewers will be encouraged, since your program informs them that there is a new legal route being tested which will use a human rights approach to benefit animals. Bravo!"

Carl Fischer, Head of Local Productions at M-Net, says this latest accolade proves that Carte Blanche is still top of the pile after 16 years. "We're really proud to have such a top-class journalistic program on M-Net. Carte Blanche proves time and time again that it has no equal when it comes to tackling difficult issues in a clear and creative way," he says.

Carte Blanche Executive Producer George Mazarakis says it's great to see South African shows recognised for international awards. "Carte Blanche beat off competition from some of the world's biggest current affairs programs to claim this award, and we're proud to be able to take our place amongst the elite of international actuality shows," he says.

Tune into Carte Blanche every Sunday at 18h00, only on M-Net. The 19th Genesis Awards will be broadcast on Animal Planet in the near future.




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