Litton Entertainment Launches The Jack Hanna Channel
Emmy-winning Producer and Distributor Brings Fans of Globally Popular Animal Advocate and Conservationist a Streaming Channel Devoted to His Many Adventures
Initial Distribution Platforms Include VIZIO SmartCast® and Samsung TV Plus
(Charleston, S.C., and Burbank, CA, March 24, 2021) – “Jungle” Jack Hanna’s millions of fans, and animal lovers everywhere, will be able to follow the adventures of one of the globe’s most popular TV personalities with the launch of The Jack Hanna Channel -- a free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channel devoted to the exploits of the world’s most famous and beloved zoologist.
The Jack Hanna Channel is the second FAST channel from Litton Entertainment -- the Emmy-winning producer and distributor of content across all genres and platforms and the longstanding premier provider of educational and informational (E/I) programming featured on broadcast networks’ weekend lineups. It is scheduled for launch today on VIZIO SmartCast® in the United States and in April on Samsung TV Plus in both the US and Canada.
The Jack Hanna Channel’s premiere follows Litton’s successful November 2020 launch of its inaugural FAST channel, Xplore, featuring a programming slate including Hanna and other top talent like Mo Rocca, Miranda Cosgrove and Dylan Dreyer, and genres including travel, lifestyle, natural sciences and technology, among others.
Xplore is currently distributed in the US on VIZIO SmartCast, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel and Plex, and will soon launch on Xumo. It is also scheduled to launch in April on Samsung TV Plus in Canada and the United Kingdom. Litton Entertainment is actively pursuing additional distribution partnerships both domestically and internationally for both Xplore and The Jack Hanna Channel.
“For more than 40 years, Jack has educated, entertained, and introduced viewers to new worlds,” said Andrew Tew, Litton Entertainment Vice President of Licensing and Distribution, General Manager of Global Channels. “A channel dedicated to the decades-long adventures of Jack Hanna, his global travels, and his wildlife and conservation efforts will give millions of fans across generations a new programming destination to find their favorite American icon.”
From his days in the 1970s transforming Columbus, Ohio’s city zoo into a worldwide destination that in 2019 attracted more than two million visitors, Hanna has built a wildlife franchise encompassing the popular TV shows “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown” and “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures,” which has been viewed in more than 60 countries. He has been nominated for 15 Emmy awards, winning five for his work on “Into the Wild.” He is also the author of several books and the recipient of multiple honorary doctorates. A Knoxville native, he was named the 2014 East Tennessean of the Year by the East Tennessee Historical Society – among numerous other awards for philanthropy, conservation and other accomplishments.
Hanna is ranked by YouGov as the 23rd most popular contemporary TV personality.
About Litton Entertainment
Litton Entertainment, a division of Hearst Television, is the preeminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry, creating quality programming for over 20 years with distribution across linear, cable, streamers, digital and social platforms. Producing more than 800 hours of programming a year across genres and demos, Litton talent and crews can often be found traveling the globe producing Emmy-winning, content distributed worldwide. Litton’s Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, was the first program block of its kind and airs Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team; The CW Network with One Magnificent Morning, a three-hour destination featuring E/I programming; NBC stations with six original E/I series under the iconic brand The More You Know; and Telemundo with the three-hour Mi Telemundo block of programming. Litton’s syndication and news division distributes a diverse slate of programs including Law&Crime Daily, the E/I block Go Time!, and Consumer Reports TV. For more information, visit http://www.litton.tv. Litton is majority-owned by Hearst: http://www.hearst.com.