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Cineverse Secures Streaming Rights to All Nine Seasons of Reality Show ‘Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan’

Cineverse Secures Streaming Rights to All Nine Seasons of Reality Show ‘Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan’

Cineverse Aug. 16 announced it had secured streaming rights to all nine seasons (160 episodes) of reality show “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” which originally aired starting in 2004 on the National Geographic Channel.

The deal includes distribution via ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD), as well as the creation of a new free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channel — the “Dog Whisperer” channel — that will be made available on the company’s flagship Cineverse service, as well as third-party streaming platforms around the world.  

Pet dogs are everywhere in society, from city streets, retail stores, restaurants and commercial flights. But what if your canine has anxiety issues, won’t play nice, or deals with a host of other issues affecting its personality? Enter Cesar Millan, a dog trainer with the unique skills required to tame unruly pets, create closer bonds between people and their dogs, and make the world a better place for the canine species.

After one season, “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” transitioned from a 30-minute episode series to 60-minute shows on primetime. By 2010, the show had entered syndication via Fox, greatly expanding its audience reach. By 2011, the series had achieved a global presence, airing in more than 80 countries across the world.

“Dog Whisperer” held the position of National Geographic’s highest-rated series for a span of six years, earning Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program in both 2006 and 2007. The series won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Animal Show in 2008.

“This seminal television series will meet the demand for strong single IP brands on FAST and AVOD, allowing streaming platforms to connect with viewers who want to revisit and indulge in their all-time favorite shows,” Marc Rashba, EVP of partnerships at Cineverse, said in a statement.

David Segura and Kay Sumner, part of the ownership group at Dog Whisperer Productions, said the time is right to bring back the series to streaming audiences in the United States.

“Working with a partner like Cineverse with an extensive distribution network and relationships with every major streaming platform along with their industry-leading digital distribution platform made complete sense to us,” Segura and Sumner said in a statement. 

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