or


[01/06/10 - 12:42 PM]
The Brutal World of Dog Fighting Is Uncovered in Premiere of Animal Planet Investigates
The one-hour special debuts on Monday, January 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from Animal Planet]

THE BRUTAL WORLD OF DOG FIGHTING IS UNCOVERED IN PREMIERE OF ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES

Dog Fighting Rings are Exposed in new Tell-All Documentary on January 25

(Silver Spring, MD, January 6, 2009)- Cruel and inhumane "sports" involving animals for human spectacle and entertainment have been part of underground culture for decades, but the Michael Vick case truly opened up America's eyes to the vicious world of dog fighting. ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES: DOG FIGHTING EXPOSED shows that his case was only the tip of the iceberg. Kicking off Animal Planet's new ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES anthology strand, this special investigation features unparalleled commentary and shocking, never-before-seen footage in a rare look into the secretive world of organized dog fighting. This hour, which premieres Monday, January 25, at 10 PM (ET/PT), is the first in a line of quarterly ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES specials that will take a comprehensive, investigative look at timely issues that impact both humans and animals.

With the help of law enforcement officers who between them spent years as undercover dog fighters, ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES: DOG FIGHTING EXPOSED delves into the minds of those who breed dogs and raise them to fight. These officers share their experiences of dealing with criminals, high-stakes gambling and uncontrolled brutality while infiltrating top dog fighting rings. A female ex-dog fighter gives a glimpse into the mindset of those who exploit their dogs in this lucrative business, and interviews with local citizens show what happens when easy money attracts youth to the brutal practice. The special examines cases across the United States, including Ohio, Texas, Georgia, Michigan and New York, to show the scale and complexity of the problem, while also offering glimmers of hope.

"By bringing viewers the true and uncensored reality behind dog fighting, we intend to raise public awareness about this cruel and inhumane practice," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. "The brave men and women working tirelessly to expose and dismantle these fighting rings are using daring tactics and thanks in large part to their efforts we were able to share this powerful story with our viewers in an in-depth and unprecedented way. Some of the images might be tough to take, but it's vitally important that these stories are told."

A problem commonly found in urban areas, ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES: DOG FIGHTING EXPOSED shows that dog fighting has tentacles that reach beyond the dark basements and garages to seemingly respectable homes and businesses where the fights take place. Gang activity and crime are often associated with these dog fighting rings, and the culture of abuse encompasses much more than just the dogs. Because of the large amounts of cash passed around at these fights, dog fighters invest a lot time and money into breeding and training a champion. The sad reality, however, is that a champion often earns its title at the expense of its adversary's life - and often its own. Losing dogs rarely die in the ring, but they are routinely and brutally killed by their owners.

While breaking up these rings is still a battle, the special highlights some of the great strides that have been made. There are now harsher punishments for dog fighters, and what was once considered "sport" has now been labeled a felony in all 50 states.

ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES: DOG FIGHTING EXPOSED is produced for Animal Planet by Anglia, a division of ITV Studios Ltd. Tessa O'Neil is the producer for Anglia, and Dawn Sinsel is the executive producer for Animal Planet. The show was developed by Marc Etkind, vice president of development for Animal Planet.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.





  [january 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









[04/15/14 - 03:06 PM]
NHL Regular Season Sets Viewership Records Across NBC & NBCSN
NBC spins the numbers for its NHL coverage to date this season.

[04/15/14 - 03:02 PM]
Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Tops Demos, "DWTS" Leads Viewers
Plus: numbers for Syfy's "Warehouse 13," MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and TBS's "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show."

[04/15/14 - 02:00 PM]
A Special Behind-the-Scenes Preview of "24: Live Another Day" Airs Saturday, May 3, on FOX
The half-hour special features interviews with the series' Emmy Award-winning director, producers and series stars.

[04/15/14 - 01:51 PM]
"The Maya Rudolph Show" Special Set to Air on NBC May 19
Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes are among those slated to appear.

[04/15/14 - 01:15 PM]
Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid" #1 Ad Supported Program in Cable Among Men on Sunday
Discovery spins the numbers for Sunday, April 13.

[04/15/14 - 12:24 PM]
Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists
The app aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read.

[04/15/14 - 12:13 PM]
"48 Hours: Father and Son" Is Saturday's #1 Non-Sports Broadcast Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, April 12.

[04/15/14 - 12:10 PM]
Abby Lee Miller to Make Over Struggling Dance Studios in New Series "Abby's Studio Rescue," Premiering June 17
Each week, the show follows Abby as she dishes her tough love and no-nonsense advice while giving dance studios a second chance to finally bring home the gold.

[04/15/14 - 12:01 PM]
Stephen Colbert to Visit CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," Tuesday, April 22
CBS announced last week that Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "The Colbert Report," will be the next host of the "Late Show."

[04/15/14 - 11:41 AM]
Video: "Salem" - First Full Season Trailer
The new series launches this Sunday, April 10 at 10:00/9:00c on WGN America.

[04/15/14 - 11:37 AM]
Adult Swim Ranks #1 in Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34 Among All Basic Cable Networks
Turner spins the numbers for the week of April 7-13.

[04/15/14 - 11:28 AM]
Sunday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "Game of Thrones" Holds Onto Demo Crown
Plus: numbers for MTV's "2014 Movie Awards," AMC's "Mad Men" and HBO's "Veep."

[04/15/14 - 11:24 AM]
Saturday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: FOX Tops Charts with NASCAR Sprint Cup
Plus: numbers for Syfy's "Bermuda Tentacles," Lifetime's "Death Clique" and TLC's "Sex Sent Me to the ER."

[04/15/14 - 11:07 AM]
Second-Place Chelsea v. Sunderland Saturday on NBC at 12:30 PM ET Highlights NBC Sports Group's Weekend Slate of Matches
Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by Jim Beglin for the call from Stamford Bridge.

[04/15/14 - 10:49 AM]
Werdum and Browne Clash in Epic Heavyweight Bout at FOX UFC Saturday
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) matches wits and fists with Hawaiian knockout artist and No.3-ranked Travis Browne (16-1-1) to determine who faces champion Cain Velasquez next.