Discovery-owned Animal Planet and Group Nine’s digital animal brand The Dodo are teaming on a series that will feature stories of animals in need.
Produced by Nomadica Films, each episode of Dodo Heroes (w/t) will document the bonds between animals and the people who protect and save them. The commission marks Group Nine’s first move into linear and Discovery’s first television relationship with a digital-first brand.
Featured stories include Pen Farthing, a former British Royal Marine who has reunited more than 700 street dogs with the soldiers who adopted them in Afghanistan; an Australian family who rescues injured baby koalas from the winter cyclone season; and Derrick Campana, a doctor who has dedicated his life to building custom prosthetics for animals.
“The Dodo has built a far-reaching, deeply engaged audience on social by putting animals front and center and telling their uniquely emotional stories,” said The Dodo’s founder and chief creative officer Izzie Lerer, in a statement. “We’re beyond excited to team up with Animal Planet for our first TV series, Dodo Heroes, where we’ll tell stories about animals in need and highlight the incredible people out there who are stepping up to save them.”
Group Nine consists of The Dodo; food and entertainment focused, Thrillist; and Seeker, which focuses on science and innovation.
Dodo Heroes will premiere on Animal Planet in 2018.