Mediawan Rights Fast-Tracks Dedicated Doc Unit, Scores Key Deals on ‘Green Blood,’ ‘Tiger Mafia’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By Elsa Keslassy – Published on Variety.com – April 14, 2021 Mediawan Rights, the commercial division of  French independent media powerhouse Mediawan founded by Pierre-Antoine Capton, Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse in 2015, is poised to step up its premium documentary clout through its dedicated sales unit. Presided by veteran sales executive Valerie Vleeschhouwer, MediawanContinue reading “Mediawan Rights Fast-Tracks Dedicated Doc Unit, Scores Key Deals on ‘Green Blood,’ ‘Tiger Mafia’ (EXCLUSIVE)”

Exposing Wildlife Crime: An Interview With Karl Ammann

By Dylan Forest, Published on Animal People Forum on March 14, 2021 Wildlife crime is a serious and escalating threat to the survival of many species and entire ecosystems. When most of us hear about the scale of the threat poaching and trafficking pose to wild animals, we hope that between NGOs, law enforcement, andContinue reading “Exposing Wildlife Crime: An Interview With Karl Ammann”

Animals as Commerce

An Integrated Curriculum For The Washington Post Newspaper In Education Program By Karl Ammann, Published February 14, 2020 ©2020 THE WASHINGTON POST INTRODUCTION: Meeting a Demand for the Wild There are those who believe in the magical powers of parts of animals and there are those who have made a business of meeting the demandContinue reading “Animals as Commerce”

Tracking The Tiger Butcher

Large numbers of tigers are being farmed, killed and trafficked in Laos. Terrence McCoy – Published in Reader’s Digest on Jul 29, 2020 12:16:13 IST He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows andContinue reading “Tracking The Tiger Butcher”

The African Ranger Awards and the Demand Side of the Coin

When researching the illegal wildlife trade, very often some tentacles lead back to South Africa. Not only when it comes to rhino horn, abalone and lion bone but in this case to one of South Africa’s biggest company: Naspers, a major shareholder in Tencent, who in turn owns WeChat, a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social mediaContinue reading “The African Ranger Awards and the Demand Side of the Coin”

Of Tiger and Lion Bones, and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade

Value additions to lion bones sold into the Traditional Chinese Medicine Market: Trophy hunter in SA books a lion ‘hunt’ of a captive born cat for approximately U$8000-25000 (the cost of hunting a female is a fraction of the cost of hunting a male). The taxidermist, in collaboration with the hunting company arranges for theContinue reading “Of Tiger and Lion Bones, and the Legalizing of the Rhino Horn Trade”

Pink Tiger Bone Jewellery… A new tale in the context of the commodification of the tiger

In April 2017 I was traveling with Phil, a South African camera man and film director, in SE Asia to compile some “pick up shots” for a documentary on the rhino horn trade we were working on. In Vientiane, the capital of Laos we stayed in aprominent hotel in China town catering to lots ofChineseContinue reading “Pink Tiger Bone Jewellery… A new tale in the context of the commodification of the tiger”

China, Ivory and Wishful thinking…

In early December 2015, a press release by Sam Smith (Wild Aid campaigns push price of Ivory into the ‘free-fall’ zone) documenting the decline in price of illegal raw ivory in China, was picked up by a wide range of media outlets. The Secretary General of CITES, John Scanlon, commented that the bottom had droppedContinue reading “China, Ivory and Wishful thinking…”

Open Letter to Guangdong Chimelong Group

To: Mr. Su Zhigang, Chairman, Guangdong Chimelong Group, Yingbin Road, Panyu, Guangzhou Nanyuki, July 7th 2015 Dear Mr.  Su Zhigang, I am a documentary film maker working on a production documenting the wildlife trade for Swiss and German Television. I recently visited the head offices of Guangzhou Panyu Chang Long Safari World. Co. Ltd toContinue reading “Open Letter to Guangdong Chimelong Group”