Shifting his focus from dog whispering, Cesar Millan has signed on to host The Messenger, a six-part series with a focus on conservationists who work to save the world’s most critically endangered animals. Wildlife specialists Boréales and AB Productions produced the original French format and are teaming on the English-language version. Millan will executive produce with Televisa USA’s Chris Philip, Boréales’ Frédéric Fougea, AB’s Richard Maroko and Bob Aniello.
The Messenger will feature Millan as he ventures to various spectacular natural habitats, turning a spotlight on the triumphs and struggles of conservationists and the critically endangered animals they risk their lives to rescue and rehabilitate.
AB Productions parent, Groupe AB, will launch pre-sales at Mipcom later this month. This marks the company’s first English-language series for the global market as it eyes expansion. Televisa USA is a strategic partner on The Messenger.
Millan calls the series “a natural extension of the work I have been doing with dogs… Animals have rights too and we need to respect their natural place in our world.”
The original, titled Le Messager, premiered to good ratings on France 3 and Belgium’s AB3 in January this year.
WME brokered the Messenger on behalf of Millan.