GEORGE LOPEZ TO HOST “THE WORLD DOG AWARDS,”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 ON THE CW
Celebrating Canines with Categories Including
Best in Film, Top TV Dog, Dog of The Year
FANS CAN NOW GO ONLINE TO VOTE ON SEVERAL MAJOR CATEGORIES IN “THE WORLD DOG AWARDS”
December 23, 2015 (Burbank, Calif.) ─ The CW Network announced that fan voting is now open for several key categories in THE WORLD DOG AWARDS (www.worlddogawards.com). Viewers will be able to see the results of their votes as well as all of the winners and honorees when THE WORLD DOG AWARDS airs Thursday, January 14 (8:00-10:00 pm ET), on The CW Network. Hosted by George Lopez and filmed at the aptly named Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, January 9, THE WORLD DOG AWARDS will combine the glamour of a Hollywood awards show with the appreciation for man’s best friend.
The voting is now open for the following categories at THE WORLD DOG AWARDS:
Celebrity Dog Selfie- The top social media-posted selfie featuring a celebrity and their dog.
My New Puppy- An award for the celebrity who added a new four-legged family member this year.
Pawpular- The dog with the most influential social media presence.
A-List Dog- Celebrity dog that has made the biggest impact in the media.
Top Trick- The most impressive feat performed live on our stage.
Hot Dog- The most talented extreme-sports dog.
Most Dog-Like Animal- An award for the top pet who only thinks they’re a dog.
Best Dressed Dog- The pooch with the greatest costume.
Top TV Dog- The top dog in a current television series.
Pop Dog – Top music video featuring a dog.
Performing Pups – Best performing dogs, showing off a specific talent.
Best Rescue - Newsworthy stories of owners and dogs who’ve been rescued this year.
Top Movie Dog - The top contemporary performance by a dog in a film.
Supporting Actor To A Dog - The best performance by a human actor alongside a dog.
Top Video Game Dog - The best dog featured in a video game.
Best Actor Playing A Dog - The best performance by an actor in the role of a dog.
Honorary awards will be presented as well in these categories:
Underdog- Sponsored by Subaru, this honor is bestowed upon a pup who has overcome incredible obstacles or odds.
The Dog’s Life Achievement- Celebrating an iconic dog character in pop culture that has had a huge cultural impact; this year we honor the legacy of “Toto.”
Subaru Pet Hall of Fame – As part of the Subaru Loves Pets initiative, the Subaru Pet Hall of Fame was created to celebrate the love and joy brought to us daily by our beloved pets. Throughout the year, pet owners submitted their favorite stories, pictures and videos, with the grand prize winner invited to attend the show.
IAMS™ Brand is partnering with THE WORLD DOG AWARDS, giving viewers the opportunity to share their stories behind their dogs’ names by using the hashtag #Barkbios. Select stories shared using the hashtag will be featured during the broadcast.
THE WORLD DOG AWARDS will again spotlight dogs with the most influential social media presence, via the “Pawpular” category. This year’s nominees are a who’s who of famous Instagram dogs: Doug The Pug (@itsdougthepug), Tuna (@tunameltsmyheart), Toast (@toastmeetsworld), Manny The Frenchie (@manny_the_frenchie), Harlow and Indiana and Reese (@harlowandsage), Marni The Dog (@marnithedog), Momo (@andrewknapp) and Jiff The Pom (@jiffpom).
“The Insider” correspondent Keltie Knight, who also recently co-anchored CBS’s coverage of the 89th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, will reprise her role of roving reporter at THE WORLD DOG AWARDS. Stationed “barkstage,” Knight will catch up with celebrities – and their dogs – throughout the telecast.
Host George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez will star and produce in a new series for TV Land, “Lopez,” set to premiere in 2016. He is currently on his standup comedy tour, “The Comedy Get Down,” with Charlie Murphy, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country. For two seasons, Lopez hosted late-night television talk show “Lopez Tonight,” which represented his return to television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in the groundbreaking hit sitcom “George Lopez.” Lopez, who was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, starred in the multi-camera ensemble comedy “Saint George” and in Lionsgate’s inspirational drama “Spare Parts,” which he produced. He also voiced animated characters in a string of blockbuster films including “The Smurfs,” “Rio” and “The Beverly Hills Chihuahua” franchises.
THE WORLD DOG AWARDS will honor some of the most laudable pups on the planet, from the ones who have achieved fame in world of entertainment or on social media to everyday dogs who have had an indelible impact on the lives of their human companions. The show is produced by Juma Entertainment with executive producer Robert Horowitz, Josh Greenberg and George Lopez, and presented by IAMS™ and Subaru.
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ABOUT JUMA ENTERTAINMENT
JUMA Entertainment is a full-service production and event management company known for its character-driven unscripted series. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and New Hope, PA, JUMA is the co-creator and executive producer of the hit variety game show THE SINGING BEE (NBC/CMT). JUMA’s other credits include VANILLA ICE GOES AMISH (DIY/HGTV), WORLD DOG AWARDS (CW), GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN (CW), SORORITY SISTERS (VH1), WORLD’S WILDEST COMMERCIALS (ABC), AMISH RENOGADES (DIY), BARN HUNTERS (GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY), MAGIC MAN (TRAVEL), DECEIVED (TV ONE), SUPER BOWL'S GREATEST COMMERCIALS (CBS), CLASH OF THE COMMERCIALS – USA VS. THE WORLD (CBS), THE CLIOS (NBC), SUPERSTARS (ABC), OCHOCINCO: THE ULTIMATE CATCH (VH1), THE ULTIMATE MERGER 1-2 (TV ONE), YARD ATTACK! (DIY), DOUBLE EXPOSURE (BRAVO), DEER VALLEY CELEBRITY SKIFEST (CBS), TATTOO HIGHWAY (A&E), MANHUNT: THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S MOST GORGEOUS MALE MODEL (BRAVO), and BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS (BRAVO). For more information, visit JUMATV.com.
Wendy Zocks, The CW Network
Tom McAlister, Beck Media & Marketing
Tierney Oakes, Beck Media & Marketing