Unscripted

Leftfield Pictures, Dennis Quaid, Audio Up team on unscripted series, podcast

ITV America-backed prodco Leftfield Pictures has partnered with actor and co-host of The Pet Show podcast Dennis Quaid for the non-scripted TV project Saving Dennis Quaid (working title). The project will follow Quaid (pictured; Goliath, A Dog’s ...
August 24, 2020

ITV America-backed prodco Leftfield Pictures has partnered with actor and co-host of The Pet Show podcast Dennis Quaid for the non-scripted TV project Saving Dennis Quaid (working title).

The project will follow Quaid (pictured; GoliathA Dog’s Journey) and Pet Show podcast partner Jimmy Jellinek as they set out to adopt a six-year-old black cat from Lynchburg, Virginia, also curiously named Dennis Quaid.

Saving Dennis Quaid, which will be taken to market imminently, documents Quaid and Jellinek’s discovery of “Dennis Quaid the Cat” and the ensuing adventure to transport the feline from the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to a new home in Los Angeles.

In addition, Audio Up Media – the audio-based entertainment company launched in April of this year and founded by Jingle Punks co-founder Jared Gutstadt and Quaid – will produce a companion podcast mini-series under the same working title. The Saving Dennis Quaid podcast will live alongside The Pet Show, hosted by Quaid and Jellinek, and other podcasts.

Saving Dennis Quaid will be executive produced by Quaid and Audio Up’s Gutstadt and Jellinek, alongside Leftfield co-presidents Shawn Witt and Gretchen Palek.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be associated with the wonderful world of pets through my involvement in recent films,” said Quaid in a statement. “And while I’ve traditionally been more of a dog person, when I heard that ‘Dennis Quaid the Cat’ was in peril, I knew I had to act quick. It’s been amazing to see the public’s response to our little pet adoption, and during a difficult year for all of us, I’m glad it offered some levity and brightness.”

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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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