PIVOT GREENLIGHTS "THE OPERATIVES," AN ORIGINAL SERIES SPOTLIGHTING AN ELITE TEAM OF CONSERVATIONISTS THAT TAKES ON THE WORLD'S WORST ECO OFFENDERS
During Pivot's 2014 TCA press tour panel, the network announced a new, original series The Operatives, chronicling the life of adventurer, author, and eco warrior Pete Bethune and his team of extreme conservationists that travels the globe to take on and expose the offenders who are harming vulnerable wildlife, natural resources and ecosystems around the world.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Pivot on this new, action-packed series that tackles environmental and wildlife issues in a way you have never seen before on television," says Bethune. "Pivot has a history of supporting ground-breaking conservation documentaries and series, and to have them bring our series to their network is awesome."
In the first of eight, one hour-long installments, Bethune and his team of operatives, including a former SEAL Team 6 member, a US Marine, and a Maori paratrooper, set out to film the Namibian seal pup kill that results in the deaths of 90,000 annually. Bethune asserts that the Namibian government does everything it can to shield the activity from the public so it's their team's task to secretly film the kill and put pressure on the government to shut it down. Making their mission even more treacherous is the location - the area they've targeted is an active diamond mine teeming with armed security guards who will shoot on sight.
The Operatives is a Pivot Original Series, acquired from Zodiak Rights who also handles international distribution.
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