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For Immediate Release:
November 26, 2013
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Lilian Bohorquez
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Ruth Kimbrough-Bent
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Miami-Dade TV's "The Most Interesting Pets in the World" wins Suncoast Regional Emmy Award

(MIAMI, November 26, 2013) – The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded the “The Most Interesting Pets in the World” television spot a Suncoast Regional Emmy award in the Community/Public Service category. The spot was produced by Miami-Dade TV executive producer Carol Higgins; videographer and editor Robert Molina; and director and editor Allan J. Nichols.

The spot is a spoof of the popular “The Most Interesting Man in the World” beer commercials. It features dogs and cats showing off some amazing and amusing skills. All the animals used in the spot were adopted from the County’s Animal Services Department or other local rescue organizations, and two of the featured pets are the real-life pets of Miami-Dade TV staffers.

The purpose of the spot was simple: To drive people to the shelter to adopt pets. It was produced by Miami-Dade TV, a division of the County’s Community Information and Outreach Department (CIAO), to help the Animal Services Department promote shelter pet adoption. This latest nod brings Miami-Dade TV’s total to four Emmy nominations.

“We are committed to raising pet adoption awareness and joining shelter pets with members of our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

Like the national awards, each regional Emmy chapter goes through their own rigorous nomination and voting process. Both national and regional level winners are recognized as Emmy Award winners. This year’s award ceremony takes place on November 23, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, located at 3555 South Ocean Drive, in Hollywood, FL.

“I’m pleased this public service announcement has been nominated for an award,” said Miami-Dade County Animal Services Director Alex Muñoz. “Being a pet owner myself, you know how special every pet is. I think the CIAO team’s creative approach captured that sentiment perfectly.”

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is one of 20 regional chapters in the U.S., dedicated to excellence in television. It offers annual EMMY® Awards called The Suncoast EMMY® Awards to television markets in the entire State of Florida, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama, Thomasville, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

The County’s Community Information and Outreach Department’s mission is to provide employees, residents, visitors and businesses with direct access to government through the County’s information channels. The department was created with the purpose of providing access to information and services by phone, in-person, online, and on public television.