DNI, Aquavision prepare “To Be King”

The 120-minute special, featuring large predator expert Dave Salmoni (pictured) and due in 2015, documents a struggle for power within the Mapogo lion pride of South Africa.
November 21, 2014

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned a two-hour special for 2015 that will document lion behavior as seen within South Africa’s Mapogo pride.

To Be King, produced for DNI by Aquavision Television Productions, follows the rise of the pride as it grows from a litter of five cubs to a fearsome group of six lions that is tied to the killings of 100 lions as it vies to control its turf in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

The special features animal trainer Dave Salmoni (pictured) as well as other predator experts, who weigh in on the social dynamics that exist within lion prides, while footage from blue-chip natural history filmmakers is combined with user-generated material to tell the story.

To Be King will air on Discovery Channel across more than 200 countries and territories around the world, including the U.S.

Liz Brach is the exec producer and Rob Holloway is the producer for DNI. Peter Lamberti is the executive producer and Dan Huertas is the producer/director for Aquavision Television Productions.

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