Jack Hanna’s Extensive Library Acquired by Hearst Media Production Group
If you’re an animal lover, you probably know the name Jack Hanna. He was a zookeeper, director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, conservationist, and television personality who aimed to educate the masses on wild animals. He often appeared on talk shows, scaring hosts including David Letterman with exotic animals like snakes and alligators. Hanna had his own shows over the years including Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. Now, over 400 episodes of the shows have been acquired by Hearst Media Production Group.
The media company already owned Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and launched the Jack Hanna Channel on FAST in 2021. Hearst Media Production Group president Frank Biancuzzo said about the acquisition, “We’re proud to deepen our decades-long partnership with the Hanna family and be entrusted to continue sharing this compelling, legacy wildlife programming worldwide.”
Hanna is now 76 years old and battling Alzheimer’s disease. He had to retire and head out of the spotlight a few years ago after his disease progressed. This year, his family gave the sad update that he no longer recognizes his family members, including his wife and their three children.
His longtime wife, Suzi Hanna shared, “The river, the sun, Brassy (their dog), our walks. … That’s what we have left. The Jack people knew isn’t here anymore, but pieces of my husband are. And I’m going to hang onto them for as long as I can.” She added about the acquisition, “HMPG is committed to the important work Jack started. Their extensive knowledge of producing and distributing engaging wildlife programming ensures Jack’s lifelong commitment to wildlife education and conservation will reach fans of all ages for years to come.”
As of now, you can watch Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown for free on Pluto TV. Stay tuned to find out where you can watch the rest of his shows, which will likely be available soon.