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FremantleMedia International fetches global TV rights for Arrow Media’s ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia International (FMI) has struck a deal with UK independent creative company Arrow Media to pick up the worldwide distribution rights (excluding UK and Eire) to ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’.

Commissioned by the UK’s Channel 4, this four one-hour episode series provides insight into the behaviour of dogs. FremantleMedia will also handle the title’s format rights worldwide and both the finished programme and format are set to launch to buyers at next month’s television trade event MipTV 2015.

In ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’ veterinary surgeon turned presenter Mark Evans takes on the role of pet detective to tackle the major issues that affect the well-being of dogs and their owners. Using spy-cam and GoPro technology, the audience will witness the ways in which being home alone can impact on pet dogs. From issues with obesity and aggression, to neurosis – Mark reviews the surveillance and combines his expert advice with enlightening experiments to demonstrate what can be done to help treat and prevent these types of behaviour.

FremantleMedia International director of non-scripted, UK, Europe Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific Angela Neillis said, “We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Arrow Media who have a fantastic track record – both in the UK and internationally – of producing top notch, award winning content. With dogs being such universally popular companions, this show is sure to appeal to canine fans around the world. We know that international TV channels and buyers will go barking mad for the series.”

Arrow Media joint creative director John Smithson said, “ ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’ has done incredibly well in the UK. What started off as a one-off programme has turned into two highly successful series and a live show. Based on such a relatable topic, we believe the series will appeal to audiences all over the world, so we are delighted to partner with FremantleMedia to not only take the finished programme worldwide, but also the format.”