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Richard Linklater And Bill Guttentag Team Up For A Ten-Part Animal Rescue Docu-Series For CBS

In an effort to bring more light to animal rescue and the woes of animal abuse, “Knife Fight” director Bill Guttentag has reportedly teamed up with “Boyhood” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” director Richard Linklater to create a CBS all access ten-part animal rescue documentary series.

Still untitled at the moment, the new docu-series project will reportedly be taking place in and around Austin, Texas, which is actually Linklater’s hometown. Its main focus will also be the colorful and diverse world of animal rescue and preservation, which will be explored through the stories of the animals as well as the humans who are taking care of them.

According to the news, Linklater and Guttentag (both of which made NBC’s Law & Order reality spin-off series Crime & Punishment) will act as executive producers for the series. It will also be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Dr. Phil’s Stage 29, Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, and Guttentag and Nayeema Raza’s 1891 Productions. Additionally, Nayeema Raza will also act as co-executive producer, while Dr. Phil McGraw and Jay McGraw of Stage 29 and Julia Eisenman will also be executive producers.

“I come to this project hoping to shine a light on the folks I’ve met who are making a difference everyday in the lives of unwanted, abused, and disabled animals. What strikes me most is the joy and discovery on both sides of the relationship between the animals and their human caregivers. These are inspirational stories that I believe will be a positive force in the world. I’m grateful to CBS All Access for their support in this adventure,” Linklater said in a recent interview following the announcement.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Richard, one of the most creative and ambitious artists of our time. His profound passion for animals – and the humans devoted to them – is apparent, as he reveals rich, nuanced stories, nowhere more emotional, hilarious, or revealing of character than through these dynamic, and sometimes unconventional, relationships. Richard’s unique brand and keen eye will make an excellent addition to CBS All Access’s early expansion into unscripted programming,” Julie McNamara, EVP Original Content, CBS All Access, added. 

The series is set to begin filming soon.

Dogs waiting to be sold as food are in kept in a cage on a truck in Songnam, about 50km (30 miles) south of Seoul July 29, 2004. While animal rights activists have condemned dog meat as a cruel treatment of the animals, it is still an accepted popular del Dogs waiting to be sold as food are in kept in a cage on a truck in Songnam, about 50km (30 miles) south of Seoul July 29, 2004. While animal rights activists have condemned dog meat as a cruel treatment of the animals, it is still an accepted popular delicacy for some South Korean, as well in some other Asian countries. Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

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