Hallmark Channel’s “Hero Dog Awards,” Produced by MRB Productions, Makes it Onto Emmy Nomination Ballot

The Hallmark Channel’s 1st Annual Hero Dog Awards, which were produced last year by Hollywood, CA-based MRB Productions for the American Humane Association, have made it onto this year’s Emmy nomination ballot under the category of “Outstanding Special Class Programs.”

The American Humane Association is the only animal-related charity to make it on this year’s ballot in such category.

The program is up against the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the 69th Annual Golden Globes and the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, putting it in good company, but nevertheless making for much fiercer competition.

The program is among close to 40 in that category under consideration for nominations.

“Being on the same ballot as the Golden Globes and Oscars is an honor and shows that a charity-sized budget in the right hands can produce a quality product that competes with the big dogs,” said Brady, the two-time Emmy Award-winning founder of MRB Productions.

With the success of the inaugural show, the American Humane Association, in January, extended its contract with MRB Productions to produce its 2nd Annual Hero Dog Awards show for 2012. It will begin production on Oct. 6 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Matthew Brady and Luke Watson will be executive producing again, along with Sean Hawkins and AHA President Robin Ganzert.

The American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards celebrates the powerful relationship between dogs and humans. Eight extraordinary canine finalists are honored for their incredible loyalty, courage and companionship. Carson Kressley hosted last year’s show with celebrity presenters like Betty White, Peter Fonda, Paula Abdul, Faith Ford, and many more.

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