New Zealanders travelling through Africa or the Middle East may shortly turn on the television to find kiwi Wonder Dogs featuring in prime time on Animal Planet.
The popular local programme, fronted by Mark Leishman and voiced by Jim Mora, has been licensed to the Discovery UK network as part of a TVNZ deal providing several programmes about dogs for broadcast on Animal Planet.
Its expected that in early April next year, 26 episodes of Wonder Dogs will be fed to Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as the UK and Ireland, potentially reaching a cumulative audience of 197 million people.
TVNZ also sold the licence for Kohi Comes Home Mark Leishmans study of the Guide Dog Service through the life of guide dog Kohi, before she retired. This went to air on Animal Planet in early November and was Britains Sun newspapers TV pick of the day.
Leishmans documentary Its a Dogs Life was also sold for broadcast in the UK and Ireland.
All three programmes were commissioned by TVNZ from Dexterity Productions.