Animal Planet Embraces its Dark Side in New Series About Creatures of the NIGHT
- Host Brandon McMillan Creeps and Crawls His Way to the World’s Most Elusive Nocturnal Animals on
“I think it’s in our nature to be afraid of the dark,” says McMillan. “When we’re kids, we’re taught that monsters such as werewolves and vampires come out at night, but this show examines the real nocturnal animals — and sometimes they’re just as frightening.”
Although humans lack the keen senses that allow animals to be active and productive at night, fortunately for McMillan, science can make up for what nature forgot. Throughout NIGHT, he utilizes several technologies that are vital to the success of his nighttime excursions. Night vision, thermal imagery, parabolic microphones, infrared beacons and other custom-designed devices help McMillan navigate the pitch-black habitats, uncovering animals that could never be seen in the dark with the naked eye.
“There’s a certain anxiety and intensity that nighttime brings out in us — especially when animals are involved,” says
Thirty-one-year-old McMillan is an animal trainer and behaviorist, who has trained lions, bears, tigers, reptiles and even insects for such films as The Jungle Book II, I Am Sam, Soul Plane,
NIGHT is produced for Animal Planet by Authentic Productions.
Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 95 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; PetsIncredible, a major producer and distributor of pet-training videos and includes web service PetVideo.com; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.
SOURCE Animal Planet Media