Posts Tagged ‘Animal Planet’

Animal Planet to air Michael Jackson and Bubbles on 31 October

October 18, 2010

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The dancing machine Michael Jackson shared a very special relationship with his once-confidante Bubbles – which became the world’s most famous chimpanzee after accompanying Jackson on his meteoric rise to the top but subsequently disappeared from the public eye in the mid 90s.

Animal Planet will air a special programme on the close relationship between the two in Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story chronicling the unseen footage and untold stories, revealed through those who witnessed their friendship throughout the years.

Michael Jackson And Bubbles – The Untold Story premieres on 31 October at 9 pm on Animal Planet. The programme repeats on 1 November at 4 pm.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific senior vice president & general manager India Rahul Johri said, “Animal Planet connects viewers to the natural world through captivating characters and stories that inform, entertain and celebrate the wildlife on our planet. Offering intrigue relationships, unscripted drama, pet entertainment, and gripping encounters, Animal Planet is dedicated to mankind’s eternal
fascination with the creatures that share our world.”

When millions of mourners flocked to Jackson’s memorial service in July 2009, the world reflected on all the eccentricities of a creative genius. Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in the world and the biggest global artist of all time. Adoring fans worshipped him, but Jackson was desperately isolated and lonely. He craved love and
affection, but found solace with an unlikely and trusted companion – a chimpanzee named Bubbles.
Bubbles wore designer clothes, flew first class and made appearances on TV talk shows. The chimp rocked the world’s media and even learned how to moon walk. He joined Michael on his 1987 ‘Bad’ tour of Japan and on other trips around the world. Bubbles became the world’s most famous pet, and for six years they were inseparable, both in public and in private. Their lives seemed to mirror each other: Michael
Jackson the man who never had a childhood and Bubbles, the chimp who grew up almost human. With all the discussion surrounding the shocking death of Michael Jackson, people wondered whatever happened to his beloved chimpanzee, Bubbles. For 20 years Bubbles fate remained a mystery until now.

This revealing story talks to those who witnessed the relationship first hand, including Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson, and explores the complex psychology behind Michael Jackson’s devotion to his chimp and other animals. It also highlights the path Bubbles’ life took once he hit adolescence and when the celebrity could no longer care for him, to where he is now more than 20 years later.

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Animal Planet to don new look from 1 October

September 17, 2008

Animal Planet, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and BBC Worldwide, will be donning a new look from 1 October.

The fresh brand identity will be revealed on the channel from 30 September midnight.

Additionally, Animal Planet’s Hindi feed will also go through a similar change.


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Says Discovery Networks Asia Pacific SVP and general manager – India Rahul Johri, “We are transforming the look, feel and storytelling of Animal Planet in order to deepen our relationship with audiences, affiliates and advertisers alike. The new Animal Planet is full of exciting, instinctual stories that will bring out the raw, visceral emotion in the natural world and lead viewers to see animals as characters, not merely creatures.”

The look of the channel will be supported by a new logo and on-air graphics which has been designed by London-based Dunning Eley Jones.

Meanwhile, adults will continue to remain as the target audience for the channel.


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In addition, the channel has lined up new programmes like Equator docu-soaps Lemur Street, Meerkat Manor and pet entertainment shows like Groomer Has It and CGI.

“The new sets of programming have been designed keeping the Indian audience in mind. We do a lot of research before deciding on any new program. It is widely known that we have lot of international programs nevertheless we only bring those set of programs that we feel would suit the taste of Indian audiences. The new programs will tap into the primal instincts that drive us all maternal, survival and social with fascinating stories that resonate with what it means to be human”, added Discovery Networks Asia Pacific director- marketing and communications India Rajiv Bakshi.

Marketing and promotion for the new Animal Planet will also begin from 1 October.

Bakshi notes, “We would be using rest of our channels to market the new and vibrant looking Animal Planet. As of now there are no plans of using billboards and hoarding for further promotion.”

The channel completed its ten years in India this year.

TheOneAlliance adds TV Today to its bouquet

December 4, 2007

TV Today Network has entered into a strategic tie up with TheOneAlliance, a joint venture between SET India and Discovery Communications India to distribute its channels – Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and Tez.

TV Today is a leading news network and has made significant inroads in the International market by launching in US, UK and Continental Europe. With an eye on the future, the network has decided to tap into the domestic subscription market.

G Krishnan, CEO TV Today said, “This is a key development and I am glad we are going to be a part of the One Alliance bouquet. I firmly believe that as a network if we continue to provide compelling content, the viewers will be willing to pay for the channels. I am certain that subscription revenue is going to gather significant momentum in time to come.”

Gurjeev Singh Kapoor, head of SET Discovery said, “SET Discovery has always been keen on partnering with the best channels in every genre so as to provide our viewers a wider choice. It gives us pleasure to have 3 channels from TV Today: Aaj Tak – being the No.1 Hindi News channel, Headlines Today and Tez in TheOneAlliance Bouquet. These channels from the TV Today group would further strengthen TheOneAlliance Bouquet.”

The other channels in TheOneAlliance include Sony Entertainment Television, Max, Sab TV, PIX, AXN, Animax, Discovery, Discovery Travel & Living, MTV, Animal Planet, NDTV 24X7, NDTV India, NDTV Profit, Nick, Ten Sports and VH1.