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The controversial "Tiger King” subject, along with her husband Howard Baskin, are getting their own show. The production company Thinkfactory Media announced Thursday that their new project will follow the couple “as they work to expose, like never before, those who abuse and take advantage of various animals.”
The project is unnamed and not yet attached to any channel or streaming service.
Carole was heavily featured on Netflix's wildly successful docuseries "Tiger King," which focused primarily on the chaotic downfall of big cat breeder Joe Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years in federal prison for hiring a hitman to kill Carole, his foil and rival for years.
During their highly publicized rivalry, Exotic repeatedly accused Carole of killing her former husband, Don Lewis, who vanished mysteriously in 1997. Carole has repeatedly and vehemently denied having anything to do with his disappearance, but the docuseries' popularity has stoked public fascination with her and the allegations against her. Most recently, during Carole's initial appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," Lewis' surviving family members ran an ad requesting information about his disappearance, which mentioned her by name.
The negative attention brought by "Tiger King" has frustrated the Baskins, who subsequently claimed that they were misled into thinking they were participating in a project about animal conservation.
The new project promises to further the couple’s “20-year war against those who benefit from the pain and suffering of big cats and other animals,” noting their work in support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Thinkfactory Media stated that the project will show the Baskins “exposing the many perpetrators of a brutal industry – spotlighting the cruel histories, lawsuits and animal rights violations associated with these organizations,” according to a press release.
“While our past advocacy to stop abuse and educate the public about the plight of captive big cats has been very successful, the partnership with ThinkFactory brings to bear resources we have never had before and an entirely new way to accomplish this part of our mission that we are absolutely thrilled about,” Howard told Oxygen.com.
The production company has previously created shows including “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” “Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”
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