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MIPTV Picks 2015: Tyke Elephant Outlaw

In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke went on a rampage in Honolulu, killing its trainer in front of thousands of spectators and then escaping from the arena and running through city streets. This special tells Tyke's story.
April 1, 2015


Partners: Jumping Dog Productions; distributed by ABC Content Sales
Length: 1 x 80 minutes; 1 x 55 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide
Airing: TBA
In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke went on a rampage in Honolulu, killing its trainer in front of thousands of spectators and then escaping from the arena and running through city streets. It took 86 gun shots to bring Tyke down. The event was filmed in its entirety, and while this documentary features some of that footage, it endeavors to tell the story behind the incident and its aftermath through interviews with former trainers and handlers, members of the circus industry, eyewitnesses and animal rights activists.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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