Animal Planet Turns Page in the Story of Grizzly Man Timothy Treadwell in New 'Prequel'...

Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:12pm EDT

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Animal Planet Turns Page in the Story of Grizzly Man Timothy Treadwell in New
'Prequel' that Documents His Tragic Love Affair with Alaskan Giants
-- Network Mines a Decade of Footage of Slain Wildlife
Filmmaker/Photographer's Life to Tell His Own Story of His Relationship with
Bears Before His Death --

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet announced
today that it will air a new eight-part series this summer that documents the
life of Timothy Treadwell in the decade before his death.  It will draw upon
the hundreds of hours of archived footage, private pages from his diaries and
more than 10,000 still photographs, ultimately telling the story he truly
wanted to before his untimely death from the very creatures he loved so
deeply.  The series, THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES, is slated to premiere Friday,
August 22 2008 at 9 PM (ET/PT), Animal Planet president and general manager
Marjorie Kaplan said from the Television Critics Association bi-annual press
tour in Beverly Hills, California.
    The footage and stories within THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES present astonishing
revelations about grizzly behavior and survival -- all while showcasing the
personalities of the individual bears as well as Treadwell's passion and
unique connection with them.  The series truly tells the story that Treadwell
hoped to share -- featuring "his" bears as genuine creatures to be respected,
admired, loved, heralded and amazed by, not as the wild, strong and dangerous
animals that killed him.  THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES is from the producers of
both the acclaimed feature documentary GRIZZLY MAN and Werner Herzog's new
feature ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and is scored by musician/composer
Richard Thompson, who also scored GRIZZLY MAN.
    "We all know how this tragic story concludes," noted Kaplan.  "But with
this new series, Animal Planet really digs deep into the glory that Timothy
saw in these magnificent creatures.  These are the fascinating stories he died
to tell."
    For 13 years, Treadwell spent summers photographing and filming a highly
social community of coastal, wild grizzly bears in Alaska's Katmai National
Park.  GRIZZLY MAN showcased his life as fantastic retrospective on his life,
and now Animal Planet has the unprecedented opportunity to follow on the heels
of that by using never-before-seen footage to tell a marvelous story of a man
in love with beast.
    Set against the backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness, his expeditions were
organized around the handful of distinct geographic areas within Katmai that
he traversed each year.  Several of the locations he visited, and certainly
many of the activities he undertook, had no precedent.  Treadwell's access and
relationship with these bears -- adults and cubs alike -- shows a unique
intimacy with the creatures only he seemed to have.  THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES
draws viewers in to Treadwell's inner sanctum, allowing a look like no other
into his relationship with the bears he cherished.
    THE GRIZZLY MAN DIARIES is a production of Creative Differences for Animal
Planet. Erik Nelson and Jewel Palovak are the executive producers for Creative
Differences, and Jason Carey is the executive producer for Animal Planet.
    Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery
Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers
in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via
multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a
centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging,
high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment.  APM consists of the
Animal Planet television network, available in more than 93 million homes in
the US; online assets http://www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online
destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet
Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that
facilitates pet adoption; PetsIncredible, a major producer and distributor of
pet-training videos and includes web service PetVideo.com; and other media
platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content;
and merchandising extensions.
SOURCE  Animal Planet

Brian Eley of Animal Planet, +1-240-893-9762, Brian_Eley@discovery.com
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