DNI, MSNBC pick up trophy hunting doc “Blood Lions”

Discovery Networks International, MSNBC and TVOntario have picked up Blood Lions, a documentary about South Africa's trophy hunting industry, from PBS International.
September 28, 2015

Discovery Networks International has acquired the documentary Blood Lions from PBS International, and will be rolling the one-off across its global channels this week.

Produced by Regulus Vision and the Wildlands Conservation Trust, the film focuses on South African environmental photojournalist and safari operator Ian Michler and American hunter Rick Swazey as they go undercover on breeding farms in South Africa’s lion hunting industry.

U.S. cable net MSNBC has picked up the 60-minute doc for the American market and has set an October 7 air date. Canada’s TVOntario has also acquired the film.

The acquisitions follow the killing of Cecil the lion by an American hunter in Zimbabwe this summer. The story went viral and cast a spotlight on the world of trophy hunting in Africa.

Blood Lions had its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July. Andrew Venter of Wildlands serves as executive producer, while Pippa Hankinson and Jeremy Nathan are producers. The doc is directed by Bruce Young and Nick Chevallier.



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