Kickstart Entertainment to Develop Doug the Pug Series


Social media pet star Doug the Pug has teamed with Kickstart Entertainment and producer Loris Kramer Lunsford (Johnny Test, StarBeam) to develop an animated comedy series.

Doug the Pug, who has appeared in music videos for Katy Perry, DNCE and Fall Out Boy and recently published his own book, Doug the Pug and the Kindness Crew, has over 19 million social media followers and more than 1 billion video views. The new series will aim to spread his kindness and positivity even further.

Doug the Pug is also behind a 501c3 foundation that works to bring happiness and support outside of treatment to children and their families battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The new animated series will be executive produced by Doug the Pug’s longtime manager, Victoria Bachan, managing director of Whalar Talent. It is currently being shopped to partners for distribution.

“It has been a dream of ours since day one to create an animated series around the world of Doug the Pug, and Kickstart is the dream team to do it with,” said Leslie Mosier and Rob Chianelli, owners and creators of Doug the Pug. “Together, we are thrilled to build out our mission to spread positivity, kindness and laughter through this show. We’re confident that Doug’s fans on social media will be thrilled, and new fans will love it too.”

“The huge success of Doug the Pug across social media platforms and beyond is exactly the kind of foundation Kickstart loves to build stories around,” said Kickstart Founder and CEO Jason Netter. “Doug is ready to take his mainstream appeal to an even broader audience, and the entire Kickstart team is ready to develop this beloved character into animated programming.”

Kramer Lunsford said, “When I met Doug and his parents, Leslie and Rob, it was love at first sight, and I knew I wanted to be a part of his world. I am so thrilled that they have entrusted me and Kickstart to take him and his 19 million social media followers on an animated adventure!”

“As Doug’s longtime manager, I have always seen the potential for a successful brand beyond social media,” added Bachan. “As we grow the reach of Doug the Pug through a narrative medium, we will keep the heart and soul of his character while inviting more people to experience his joy.”