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Lion Ark secures global distribution

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments
 am delighted to inform you that our award-winning film ‘Lion Ark’ has secured global distribution with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. This exclusive deal covering television, video on demand, DVD/Blu Ray and in-flight entertainment will enable us to bring the plight of circus animals and their desire to be freed from their cages and chains to a global audience.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is one of the world’s leading distribution companies and the group has its own channels in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with flagship ITV broadcasting in 40 countries. Lion Ark is being showcased by ITV Studios Global Entertainment to TV buyers at MIPCOM in Cannes this week and Tim Phillips and I are taking a brief break from the ADI Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue mission in Peru – where we are assisting the authorities with the removal of its wild circus animals – to be in Cannes to help promote the film.

Tim and I have just returned from the opening of Arca de Leones (the Spanish version of the film) in cinemas across Bolivia. Announced with a press conference in the Bolivian Congress, the film generated huge media interest including numerous television shows and full page features in the national press.

As many know, Lion Ark follows our ambitious and challenging rescue of all circus animals in Bolivia. This followed a successful campaign to secure a ban by ADI and local groups, underpinned by our two-year undercover investigation in South America. Similar prohibitions have since followed in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Peru.

Watch the Lion Ark trailer here!

Entertaining and inspiring, action-documentary Lion Ark has won six best documentary awards at international film festivals, and received standing ovations and sell-out screenings at film festivals in the US and Europe. Telling the story of our undercover investigations, the lobbying, and enforcement of the ban, you can follow our rescue team as we journey across a vast, hostile terrain to track down the circuses defying the new law, save the animals, and reach a joyous finale as 25 lions are airlifted in our Operation Lion Ark flight to freedom in Colorado.

Feel the fear and joy as we fight to save each and every circus animal in the entire country. Close-up and personal, the film takes you right in the thick of the action and as close as you can get to these animals, understanding them and the effects of the circus.

Lion Ark has had a great impact on audiences on the issue of animals in entertainment, and especially in travelling circuses. Lion Ark shows people that animal circuses are wrong; that they can be ended and that, when laws are passed, we can save the animals. The film will be a great boost to the campaign worldwide and we look forward to Lion Ark reaching many people in the next 12 months. Everything the film makes will go towards ADI’s animal rescue work.

Having shown what we can do in Lion Ark, we are now raising money to save the circus animals in Peru – so if you can help us repeat the success of Bolivia, please donate here. To date we have rescued 13 lions and 4 monkeys and we have a further nine circus lions in our care in Colombia which will be joining the others on a Spirit of Freedom flight.  If you are able to support this mission it would be truly appreciated.

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