Urban Animals Coming Soon!
In 2013, Tony Sawicki and Clover Welsh, aka Clover Honey, created and launched a totally new and completely different magazine format series. The two envisioned a show focusing on pets and animals, a subject which both shared a passion for.
The primary mission of Urban Animals is to educate people about animals and to encourage conservation, rescue, adoption, and responsible pet ownership.
The first two seasons of Urban Animals were broadcast to 18 million households in the New York/metropolitan region on WNYE-TV. Also known as NYC Life, this television station operates under the auspices of the New York City Mayor’s Alliance of Media and Entertainment. Now, after two successful seasons in New York, the show is revving up for national distribution.
Sawicki and Welsh added executive producer Robbyne Kaamil to their production team. Kaamil, another long time veteran of the New York arts scene and a successful independent producer, writer, performer and animal rights activist in her own right, has been instrumental in prepping the series for its national launch. Rounding out the production team are associate producers Dana Bryan and Hugo Lopez. Long time crew member Roberto Zuluaga oversees green screening, lighting and sound, and Phil Scaringi is Urban Animals’ primary location cameraman.
In addition to mingling with other animal lovers, meeting some interesting furred and feathered creatures, and enjoying music, drinks and wine, partygoers were also videotaped for a television segment on the show, giving attendees and their pets a chance for national TV exposure.
Urban Animals will be made available to all 350 PBS affiliate member television stations across the United States this fall. If Urban Animals is not available in your area. Reach out to your local PBS station and request it.
Diversity Rules Magazine welcomes the creative forces behind Urban Animals. You can read the interview HERE.