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The Creators of Animals on the Expanding Role of Television at Sundance

Animals TV show
A scene from Animals, the first TV show to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival seeking distribution.

Still from the trailer for Animals

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One of the biggest topics of conversation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the increased presence of television, with the Mark and Jay Duplass-produced series Animals at the forefront. The New York Times reported that the animated comedy about the awkward interactions of New York City creatures was the first series to arrive at the festival in hopes of landing a distributor.

Show creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano spoke with us about how Animals came to Sundance, and their thoughts on television’s impact on the independent film world.

Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.