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Erin Wanner Named Senior Vice President of Production, Animal Planet


Off the heels of announcing Animal Planet’s new global brand identity which began to roll out to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories last month, Susanna Dinnage, Global President of Animal Planet, announced today the promotion of Erin Wanner to Senior Vice President of Production for the network. Wanner will continue to be based in New York.

In her new role, Wanner will head up all the network’s production teams, working with internal executive producers and external production companies to ensure the excellence of Animal Planet’s storytelling and to execute the content vision for the network. She is a key creative voice for the network and serves as executive producer for select series and specials, including Animal Planet’s new signature series, Crikey! It’s The Irwins which broke all-time ratings records for the network with its premiere last month, and Emmy® Award nominated Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.

“Erin brings strong story-telling and creative excellence to our content together with a deep understanding of audience and a passion for the best in production. We are fortunate to have Erin’s leadership and expertise to help deliver on our mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive,” said Dinnage.

Wanner previously served as Vice President of Production for Animal Planet and oversaw such series and specials as The ZooTanked,Treehouse MastersDodo Heroes – which attracted 36 million viewers around the world, Surviving Harvey: Animals After the Storm, a timely special featuring animal rescues, reunions and adoptions in the wake of the 2017 natural disaster, and Puppy Bowl, which broke ratings records earlier this year by delivering the highest rated telecast in the 14-year history of the television event. Prior to joining Animal Planet, Wanner was an Executive Producer for Discovery Kids where her programs earned nine Emmy® Award nominations.

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