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Evangelista, Galante pair to launch unscripted prodco Phantasticus

Wildlife expert Forrest Galante (centre) and his team in action

Eric Evangelista, founder of US indie Hot Snakes Media, has joined forces with wildlife expert Forrest Galante to launch a new factual production company.

Phantasticus Pictures, which finances conservation work in exchange for filming rights and “the ability to bring exposure to causes”, will produce wildlife and adventure programming.

Its first slate includes forthcoming Discovery+ show Mysterious Creatures with Forrest Galante, as well as Viceland’s Wetmarkets Exposed and Discovery+’s Mystery of the Black Demon Shark.

Evangelista founded New York-based Hot Snakes Media more than 11 years ago with his wife, Shannon Evangelista. The company has produced shows including DeafU for Netflix and the Breaking Amish franchise for TLC.

Evangelista said: “I’m excited to team up with Forrest as he brings rare, first-hand expertise to wildlife storytelling. He has forged his own avenue as an expert in this space, and while most producers create wildlife programming with backgrounds in film, Forrest’s extensive background in animal sciences drives a unique approach.

“He seamlessly integrates high-value production insights as these complementary efforts deliver an authenticity to the journey and an enhanced viewer experience.”


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