ANIMAL PLANET AND COYOTE PETERSON ANNOUNCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIRST LONG-FORM TELEVISION SERIES FOR YOUTUBE STAR
- Wilderness Productions in Line to Produce for Animal Planet New Original Series Chronicling Animal Expert, Adventurer, and YouTube Star Coyote Peterson-
Animal Planet announced today that it is exclusively working with Coyote Peterson to develop a new long-form TV series featuring wild expeditions and rare up-close animal experiences. The series will premiere on Animal Planet in 2019 and will appeal to Peterson's established 13 million-strong "Coyote Pack" as well as Animal Planet's global audience.
Passionate about wildlife education and host of the much-loved Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube (13M subscribers), Coyote brings the animal kingdom up close for the next wave of explorers in an entertaining way, while promoting compassion and welfare for the natural world. For his Animal Planet series, Coyote will travel to all new destinations and share his experiences with the most fascinating, bizarre, and iconic animals on earth. Together with his crew, which includes director Mark Vins and wildlife biologist Mario Aldecoa, they will share their breathtaking adventures.
"Coyote is curious, fearless and very passionate about animals and animal conservation, inspiring a whole new generation of animal enthusiasts," said Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet's Senior Vice President of Development. "We are delighted Coyote's bringing his infectious enthusiasm and knowledge to Animal Planet. We look forward to sharing his new animal adventures with his "Coyote Pack" of fans and our audiences across all screens around the globe."
"My entire life I have been fascinated with animals and my goal has always been to share this passion with the rest of the world," said Coyote. "Producing a series for Animal Planet is a dream come true, and their global platform will allow us to proudly promote a message of education and a continued drive toward the conservation of countless animal species. This is the big leagues for us, and not only are we excited, but we have never been more ready for the journey ahead!"
"The road leading to this opportunity has been paved in grit, determination, friendship, and most of all, a profound enthusiasm for what we love to do: sharing our wildlife adventures with the world," said Vins. "Now that we've partnered with Animal Planet, we will have the honor of doing so from the biggest stage for nature programs, and we couldn't be more excited."
Through the Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube, Coyote has hosted various adventure series including, the 2015 Emmy Award-winning "Breaking Trail", "Beyond the Tide", "On Location", "Dragon Tales" and the upcoming Universal Pictures "Jurassic World Explorers" digital franchise set to debut November 18 exclusively on YouTube. His first book, Coyote Peterson's Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World! (Mango Media - 2017), was #1 Bookscan in Juvenile Non-fiction; and his upcoming second book, Coyote Peterson: The King of Sting! (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), will be available everywhere books are sold beginning November 27.
About Wilderness Productions
Based out of Columbus, Ohio, Wilderness Productions was founded by show host Coyote Peterson and director Mark Vins. From adventures in the field filming with wild animals, to long hours in post-production, the duo and their fearless team of filmmakers are dedicated to making animal conservation and education entertaining for the next generation of explorers. Through the Brave Wilderness Channel, a No. 1 destination for animal enthusiasts on YouTube with 2.3 billion lifetime views, their goal is to promote a genuine compassion and welfare for the natural world through the curiosity it provokes. Follow Coyote and his crew at Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@CoyotePeterson).
About Animal Planet
Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.'s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with the PGA Tour to create the Global Home of Golf. Discovery's portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit https://corporate.discovery.com/ and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.