Cats Finally Get Their Night in Prime Time!
GSN Celebrates Cats From Around the World, Announcing the Airing of
'CAT-MINSTER: CFA INTERNATIONAL CAT CHAMPIONSHIP'
Bob Goen and Marianne Curan Set to Host and Cover the 19th Annual Cat
Fanciers' Association International Cat Show
Marking the First Time the Show Has Ever Been Televised, the Event
Showcases the World's Finest Pedigreed Felines With Judging of More Than
800 Cats Representing 41 Breeds
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 20 -- GSN joins cat lovers from
around the world, airing CAT-MINSTER: CFA INTERNATIONAL CAT CHAMPIONSHIP as
a two-hour special, it was announced today by Dena Kaplan, Senior Vice
President of Marketing for GSN. The special will air next year on Tuesday,
March 27 (8:00 - 10:00 PM, ET).
"Every dog has their day, now it's the 'purr-fect' time for cats to get
in the limelight. GSN is thrilled to capture the exciting world of top
feline breeders putting their pedigreed pets, their pride and passion on
the line to win the coveted title 'Best in Show.' We believe that
CAT-MINSTER: CFA INTERNATIONAL CAT CHAMPIONSHIP has the legs to be an
annual tent pole event on GSN," said Kaplan.
The special covers the largest international pedigreed cat show in the
Western Hemisphere, the 19th Annual Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)
International Cat Show. Hosts Bob Goen ("That's The Question,"
"Entertainment Tonight") and Marianne Curan ("Landscapers' Challenge") also
delve into the exhibitors' and cats' lives before the big event, showing a
rarely seen glimpse of preparation going into the competition. The husband
and wife team will guide viewers through the entire process of this
prestigious cat show, providing coverage of the feline agility course, a
cat race through obstacles, jumps and balance beams, as well as give
viewers a peek into the numerous informative exhibitions about specific cat
"We are excited that GSN will be showcasing the International Cat
Show," said Allene Tartaglia, CFA Executive Director. "Our exhibitors work
very hard to prepare their cats and themselves to compete for the 'Best in
Show' title. The GSN special will spotlight their hard work and introduce
the world of pedigreed felines to a new audience."
The CFA International Cat Show, held November 17-19 at the San Mateo
County Expo Center in Northern California, showcased more than 800 cats
representing 41 breeds from around the world competing for "Best in Show."
This year marks the CFA's 100th anniversary.
The televised show will feature highlights from the contest, including
the awarding of top honors "Best in Show" and the highest-scoring longhair
and shorthair kittens and longhair and shorthair cats in both the
Championship and Premiership categories. The special will also feature
interviews with owners and show viewers what goes into making a Grand
The special is being produced for GSN by Painless Entertainment, a
production company that specializes in animal competitions. Jim Casey and
Joe Carolei serve as executive producers.
"After producing successful dog shows for seven years, we stepped onto
the cat show floor and instantly recognized that this was an untapped world
long overdue for television exposure," said Casey. "You've got beautiful
animals, colorful characters and heated competition -- it's the perfect
recipe for compelling television."
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network
dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The
network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino
games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now
reaching more than 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S.
through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is
jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.
For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
CFA, Celebrating the centennial of its founding in 2006, the Cat
Fanciers' Association is the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats
with more than 1.5 million registered throughout the world. The CFA, a
non-profit association of member clubs, is comprised of more than 650 clubs
in North and South America, Europe and Asia. The association's mission is
to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the
well being of all cats. For more information, visit http://www.cfa.org.
Painless Productions, a full service production and post-production
company, was founded in 1995 by Jim Casey and Joe Carolei. In addition to
creating reality-based television projects for FOX, TLC and Travel Channel,
Painless currently produces three series for Animal Planet, including the
"Eukanuba Tournament of Champions" dog shows and the two-night, live
simulcast of "The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship," also airing on The