Air Bud Entertainment
Announces the Company’s First-Ever Doggone TV Series
EXCITING NEW LIVE-ACTION TALKING CANINE ADVENTURE
TO AIR ON DISNEY CHANNEL
Series Pilot Debuts on ‘National Dog Day’ — Monday, August 26 (2:00-3:00 P.M. ET/PT)
Los Angeles, CA – July 31, 2019 – Air Bud Entertainment (ABE), the creators of the
iconic ‘Air Bud’ Golden Retriever films that became a staple for generations of
moviegoers, and the groundbreaking ‘Disney Air Buddies’ talking puppy adventures,
proudly announce ‘PUP ACADEMY,’ an exciting all-new live-action family adventure to
air on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW. Fittingly, the action-packed pilot episode
debuts on ‘National Dog Day’ — August 26th (2:00-3:00 P.M. EDT/PDT). After the
premiere, the series returns with new episodes on weekdays at 2:00 P.M. EDT/PDT,
beginning September 4th.
‘PUP ACADEMY’ introduces audiences to a fantastic cast of new talking canines, and stars
award-winning Christian Convery (Descendants 3, Beautiful Boy) in a live-action role.
Transporting a whole new generation to the ‘Air Bud’ world where animals speak too, the
fun and fast-action first season of ‘PUP ACADEMY’ includes 22 all-new episodes.
The action-packed ‘PUP ACADEMY’ story centers around three pup friends — Spark,
Corazon and Whiz — who meet in their first year at the Academy. The puppies attend the
Academy to learn how to become man’s best friend, but the new students quickly discover
a mysterious threat to not only the academy, but to the very core of friendships between
dogs and humans everywhere.
‘PUP ACADEMY’ also stars Don Lake (Zootopia) and Aria Birch (Freaks). It is created
and executive produced by Anna McRoberts and directed and co-executive produced by
ABE founder and CEO, Robert Vince. The film arrives more than 20 years after the debut
of the original ‘Air Bud’ film debuted, introducing the world to basketball playing Golden
Retriever, ‘Buddy.’ The start of an entertainment franchise that has become nothing short
of a phenomenon, Air Bud Entertainment-branded content connects universal themes of
family, friendship, and triumph of the soul. It can now be experienced in 190 countries, in
over 20 languages.
The company’s portfolio currently features 22 films, also including the Air Buddies
features that were produced in partnership with Walt Disney Home Entertainment, that
have consistently been the #1 selling live-action direct-to-home titles during their
releases. ABE also created the MVP franchise with Warner Brothers, and most recently
four movies from the Pup Star franchise which have been popular on Netflix.
‘PUP ACADEMY’ will be supported by an extensive slate of partnerships. They include
Extended Stay America hotels, Dogsters Ice Cream Style Treats for Dogs and Color Me
Mine pottery studios.
Air Bud Entertainment is the premium brand for live action family movies and TV series.
The Company has created over 22 family movies and five movie franchises that are
licensed around the globe including the five Air Bud movies; seven Air Buddies movies
with two Santa Paws movies in partnership with Disney, along with the new four movie
Pup Star franchise for Netflix. ABE also created and produced the new series Pup Academy
that will air on Disney Channel in the U.S. and release as a Netflix Original around the
Air Bud Entertainment is a fully integrated studio that produces all aspects of the creative
and production process, including writing, directing, producing, post-production and
visual effects. The Company also markets and licenses its movie franchise/series directly.
Air Bud Entertainment is based in Malibu, California and its studios are in Vancouver, B.C.,
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