JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER! "PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE SUMMER GAMES" STREAMS JULY 31 ON DISCOVERY+
-Kym Whitley Returns as Host-
-Olympic Champion McKayla Maroney Serves as Guest Judge-
This summer a new athletic competition, PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE SUMMER GAMES, brings together five teams of trainers and dogs who will face off against each other for the Gold, Silver and Bronze in showmanship and talent. Featuring a panel of judges, including 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist McKayla Maroney who can attest to the fierceness brought on by competition, audiences will be on the edge of their seats to see which team takes home the top prize of $5,000 to be donated to the animal charity of their choice. PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE SUMMER GAMES, produced for discovery+ by Lionsgate's Pilgrim Media Group in association with Half Yard Productions, streams exclusively on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service, on Saturday, July 31. Actress and comedian Kym Whitley serves as host.
In this all-new summer special, each team will go head-to-head in three rounds of increasing competition and challenges. The relationship between each dynamic duo of human and canine is vital and will be judged, along with technique, presentation, and their unique skill set by none other than professional dog trainer Travis Brorsen and international trick dog trainer Sara Carson, who will be joining Maroney to determine which pair is the best of the best.
The games kick off with a rapid-fire round of trick combinations where audiences will meet contestants Suzanne Knox and her Border Collie, Ricky Bobby; Steve Jordan and his Berna-Doodle, Yama; Mikayla Morris and her Australian Shepherd, Spyder; Adam Jorgenson with his black Labrador, Bullwinkle; and Kelly Culbert with her Australian Shepherd, HiYah!. From here, the judges will help determine which four teams will freestyle their way onto the next round to put on their best special and stylish performance. The three best teams who move on to the final round will then have a showdown to demonstrate their speed and agility for the ultimate prize of $5,000.
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PUPPY BOWL PRESENTS: THE SUMMER GAMES is produced for discovery+ by Lionsgate's Pilgrim Media Group in association with Half Yard Productions. with Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert, Dirk Hoogstra, and Nicole Sorrenti serving as executive producers. For discovery+, Keith Hoffman is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.
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About Pilgrim Media Group
Pilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company headed by Emmy(R)-winning producer Craig Piligian, produces a diverse slate of unscripted and scripted programming across all platforms. The company is behind hit series like "Ghost Hunters," "American Chopper," "Fast N' Loud," the "Street Outlaws" and "Wicked Tuna" franchises, "My Big Fat Fabulous Life," "Dodgeball Thunderdome," "Bring It!," "Battlefish," and "The Ultimate Fighter." Among Pilgrim's feature documentaries are the award-winning films Soufra, Tre Maison Dasan, now streaming on Hulu and PBS.org respectively, The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story for YouTube Premium, and the 2020 Sundance Festival Favorite Award winner, Giving Voice. Pilgrim Media Group also produced Eli Roth's shark documentary Fin for discovery+ with Lionsgate Television in association with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions. Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a majority investor in Pilgrim.