URBANTARZAN Biography

March 5th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

URBANTARZAN

Growing up just a few miles from the Bronx Zoo in New York City, URBANTARZAN (formerly John Brennan who legally changed his name to the one word URBANTARZAN) has been captivated by animals and wildlife from a very early age. He took his passion for exotic animals and turned it into a career, becoming a professional animal wrangler and expert.  URBANTARZAN has worked as a trainer, animal wrangler and consultant while building a reputation for becoming the country’s preeminent extreme animal handler.  Because of his unique connection and uncanny ability to interact with dangerous animals, URBANTARZAN’s skill, one of kind approach and look has made him the go-to animal expert for a variety of media platforms as well as professional, discreet and safe animal removal services.

URBANTARZAN often risks his own life to save the lives of people and animals.  He was once called in to help relocate an illegally owned king cobra and ended up hospitalized, in a coma for three days, due to a lethal bite. Whether it is catching feral wild cats in the basement of the five story tenement he lived in as kid, or wrestling a 25ft 250lb reticulated python alongside the late Steve Irwin the “Crocodile Hunter,” URBANTARZAN overlooks the potential danger he faces to preserve the welfare of these animals, often some of the most dangerous, unusual and exotic animals in the world.

URBANTARZAN is an animal advocate and sees himself as someone who is not just protecting people, but protecting the animal.  As part of his privately-owned exotic and dangerous animal relocation service, Urban Tarzan Animal Relocation, he is constantly challenged with the delicate task of keeping the public safe along with making sure the animal isn’t harmed in the process.  Bitten or stung by seemingly every creature in existence, URBANTARZAN relies on his intuitive sense of even the most intimidating animal.

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“Urban Tarzan” Set to Premiere on Spike TV

March 5th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

 “URBAN TARZAN” SET TO PREMIERE ON SPIKE TV

Series Featuring Legendary Extreme Animal Handler, URBANTARZAN, Premieres

Tuesday, March 19 at 10:30 PM, ET/PT

 

New York, NY – March 5, 2013 – “Urban Tarzan” swings his way onto Spike TV on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. The new original series follows the country’s preeminent extreme animal handler, URBANTARZAN (formerly John Brennan who legally changed his name to the one word URBANTARZAN) who has over 20 years experience rescuing, capturing, and relocating dangerous and exotic animals.

 

This ten half-hour episode series showcases the unpredictable world of URBANTARZAN and his Urban Tarzan Animal Relocation team, a privately-owned service specializing in exotic and dangerous animals, whose hazardous missions run the gamut from capturing deadly pythons on the loose in residential neighborhoods to tracking down lions that escaped from an animal sanctuary. He also leans on the assistance of Caveman, his right-hand man and reptile expert, in each tumultuous situation. 

 

In the premiere episode, URBANTARZAN and Caveman encounter a gun toting chimp, face a raging bull that terrorizes people in a corn maze, and use their wrangling expertise when an unhinged husband harasses his estranged wife by dumping a 300 pound alligator in her pool.

 

Growing up just a few miles from the Bronx Zoo in New York City, URBANTARZAN has been captivated by animals and wildlife from a very early age. He took his passion for exotic animals and turned it into a career, becoming a professional animal wrangler and expert. URBANTARZAN is an animal advocate and sees himself as someone who is not just protecting people, but protecting the animal.  He is constantly challenged with delicate task of keeping the public safe along with making sure the animal is not harmed in the process.  Bitten or stung by seemingly every creature in existence, URBANTARZAN relies on his intuitive sense of even the most intimidating animal.

 

Fans of “Urban Tarzan” can join in the conversation about the show by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #UrbanTarzan.  Sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, blog posts, full episodes, biographies and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Urban Tarzan” destination, UrbanTarzan.spike.com where content will be updated throughout the season.

 

The series is shot throughout various locations in Los Angeles and uses reenactments of real stories.

 

“Urban Tarzan” is produced by Asylum Entertainment and is executive produced by Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch from Asylum Entertainment.  The original concept for the show was created by URBANTARZAN, Lorraine Yarde and Mark Basile, who also serve as Producers. Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Series. Chris Rantamaki, Spike TV’s Vice President of Original Series and Jeff Savaiano, Director of Original Series for Spike TV, serve as the network’s Executives in Charge of Production.

 

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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Press Contact:

Shana Tepper             Spike TV         310-407-4728              shana.tepper@spike.com

“Urban Tarzan” Swings His Way Onto The Spike TV Schedule in 2013

February 26th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

“URBAN TARZAN” SWINGS HIS WAY ONTO THE SPIKE TV SCHEDULE IN 2013

Network Picks Up 10 Episodes of Series Featuring the Perilous Adventures of Legendary Extreme Animal Handler, URBANTARZAN

New York, NY – September 20, 2012Spike TV has announced the pick-up of ten episodes of the half-hour show, “Urban Tarzan,” which follows the country’s preeminent extreme animal handler known as URBANTARZAN (formerly John Brennan who legally changed his name to the one word URBANTARZAN) who rescues, captures, and relocates dangerous and exotic animals.

The series showcases the unpredictable world of URBANTARZAN as he runs the Urban Tarzan Animal Relocation team, a privately-owned exotic and dangerous animal relocation service whose hazardous missions runs the gamut from capturing a deadly python on the loose in a residential neighborhood to tracking down a lion who escaped from an animal sanctuary.

URBANTARZAN sees himself as someone who is not just protecting people, but protecting the animal.  He is constantly challenged with delicate task of keeping the public safe along with making sure the animal isn’t harmed in the process.  Bitten or stung by seemingly every creature in existence, URBANTARZAN relies on his intuitive sense of even the most intimidating animal. He also leans on the assistance of Jay “The Caveman” Cassidy, his right-hand man in each tumultuous situation. 

“Urban Tarzan” is produced by Asylum Entertainment and will debut on Spike in the spring of 2013.   Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch from Asylum Entertainment serve as executive producers.  The original concept for the show was created by URBANTARZAN, Lorraine Yarde and Mark Basile.

The series will be shot in various locations throughout the country.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Jeff Savaiano and Chris Rantamaki serve as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

 

About Spike TV:

 

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz          Spike TV         212-767-8639              david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Shana Tepper             Spike TV         212-767-5639              shana.tepper@mtvstaff.com