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Mira Sorvino, Catalina Content ready human trafficking docuseries

Catalina Content, a Sky Studios company, has partnered with Academy Award-winning actress and activist Mira Sorvino to launch a series aimed at shining a light on survivors of human trafficking. The ...
January 26, 2021

Catalina Content, a Sky Studios company, has partnered with Academy Award-winning actress and activist Mira Sorvino to launch a series aimed at shining a light on survivors of human trafficking.

The series, titled Transformation Ranch, will chart the journeys of formerly abused and neglected survivors of this modern slavery as they attempt to move past their traumas and heal their psychological and physical wounds.

Cameras will follow as the group is introduced to expert-led animal therapy at Transformation Ranch, in which abused and neglected rescue animals provide connection and post-traumatic growth opportunities for the survivors.

Sorvino (pictured left), who won an Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite, has served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking for UNODC since 2009.

As a result, the actor and activist will team with her husband Christopher Backus (right), her animal rescuing sister Amanda Sorvino, and a team of therapeutic experts to lend a helping hand on the family-run 200-acre ranch outside of Los Angeles.

For her part, Amanda Sorvino serves as an animal rescuer and undercover investigator who has been instrumental in shutting down allegedly abusive animal enterprises. Her 501c3 charity, My Speckled Calf Rescue, focuses primarily on baby calves and equines.

“The ranch will provide a resource for [survivors of human trafficking] to continue to achieve their full potential in the life they were born for, not the one that was brutally thrust upon them,” said Mira Sorvino in a statement. “We are hoping that engaging in professional therapy with some of the extraordinary animals my sister Amanda Sorvino has devoted her life to rescuing will provide them with what my overcomer friend describes as ‘next level healing.’”

“There are over 25 types of modern slavery right here in the U.S., and it is the second fastest growing crime in the world. There has never been a more important time to document this tragedy,” added Catalina Content president Jeff Collins.

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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