Discovery Channel has greenlit the new wildlife series The Bond, a four-parter about the unique bond between animals and humans.
The Bond tells the stories of men, women and children bonding deeply with animals that we might think of as wild. These animals were never meant to be domesticated, but because of circumstances of the modern world, they were forced into close contact with human beings, leading both animals and humans to adapt. The Bond is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Emily Barclay Ford of Team Downey, and writer/producer Glen Zipper.
Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer for Discovery and factual, said: “What I love about The Bond is it celebrates the special relationships between people and unusual animals: showing how in many ways they rescue each other. We are excited to get the opportunity to partner with the Downeys and Glen Zipper on this joyful project.”
Susan Downey said: “The Bond reminds us that beauty, connection and hope can be born out of the most adverse and challenging circumstance in our world. As animal lovers, we are thrilled to partner with Glen Zipper and Discovery to capture these incredible stories.”
Glen Zipper said: “Our connections with our beloved pets are strong and familiar, but humanity’s bond with animals goes far beyond just dogs and cats, sometimes manifesting in truly extraordinary ways. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Team Downey and Discovery to explore these special relationships and the often inspiring and surprising stories of how we intersect with our many other cohabitants in nature.”