Joseph Collins and Dawna Lee Heising Cover the 2009 Genesis Awards for the Hollywood Punch Report on the Punch Television Network

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi Are Honored with the 2009 Wyler Award at the 23rd Genesis Awards

Joseph Collins and Dawna Lee Heising covered the 2009 Genesis Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Hollywood Punch Report, which is broadcast nightly on the Punch Television Network (PTVN). The 2009 Genesis Awards were held on March 28, 2009 in the International Ballroom at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Corporate sponsors of the 23rd Genesis Awards were Market Development Group,, Poker and Prai Beauty Group. Publicity was handled by Much and House Public Relations and Marketing Management in Los Angeles, California.

Produced by the Hollywood office of The Humane Society of the United States, the annual Genesis Awards is the only event of its kind honoring the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works in television, film and print which raise public awareness of animal issues. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, and is backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals. The 23rd Genesis Awards was dedicated to ending the Canadian seal hunt.

As joint recipients of the 2009 Wyler Award, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were honored at the 23rd Genesis Awards. The Wyler Award is one of The Humane Society of the United States' most prestigious awards and is given to a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals. It is named after the late Genesis Awards founder, Gretchen Wyler, the former Broadway headliner and animal activist.

Attendees of the 23rd Genesis Awards included Nigel Barker (Americas Next Top Model), Jarrod Cooper (Oakland Raiders), James Cromwell (24), Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Emily Deschanel (Bones), Susie and Corey Feldman, Jorja Fox (CSI), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Claudia Jordan (Deal or No Deal), Wendie Malick (Confessions of a Shopaholic), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Heather Mills, Maggie Q (Mission Impossible 3) Jillian Reynolds (Good Day LA), Reid Scott (My Boys), Hal Sparks (actor/comedian), Susanna Thompson (Kings), Michael Vartan (Alias), Marley, the dog (Marley and Me), and many more guests and supporters.

Joseph Collins is the CEO of the Punch Television Network. His flare and contagious personality helped him grow from an intern at WVTV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to working as the youngest news anchor to report the business news, drawing people in to hear his take on the daily events. Many people have influenced and shaped Joseph's role in the television world, including J.W. Witt, the former CEO of WVTV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who inspired Joseph and helped keep him focused on achieving his dream of owning and operating a television network, which has since become a reality. Dawna Lee Heising is a long-time member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and is Ms Universe Ambassador 2009.

About the Punch Television Network
The Punch Television Network (PTVN) is an integrated family-oriented media company, developing, producing and distributing entertainment content in the television and other media channels that target the wide audience of consumers who enjoy family value entertainment content. PTVN includes programs such as inspirational movies, documentaries, sitcoms, talk shows, news, music videos and reality television shows. The Hollywood Punch Report covers events and news in the entertainment industry. The PTVN reality show, Martial Arts TV, is already the #1 nationally syndicated martial arts new series. PTVN signal broadcasts to the entire population of Canada, United States, Mexico and most of the Caribbean, over 480 million people. The Punch Television Channel broadcasts from the Galaxy 25 Satellite System, including four million direct homes in the United States and millions of others internationally via cable or satellite. The CEO of PTVN is Joseph Collins, Jr. For more information, see


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