Behind the Scenes of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl

Originally posted on Variety:

Outside of the network that carries the NFL’s big game, no media outlet gets more mileage out of Super Bowl weekend than Animal Planet with its Puppy Bowl.

The pre-taped special that began as a tongue-in-cheek alternative to the broadcast that is typically the most-watched TV event of the year has evolved into a year-round franchise for the Discovery Communications cabler and a social-media dynamo. As the event marks its 10th anniversary, the production process on Puppy Bowl X is almost as intricate as the effort that goes into the live Super Bowl telecast.

Animal Planet has gone into overdrive this year with enhancements to its Feb. 2 special, most of which are designed to make it more than a one-day event. The new additions this year include the launch of a Fantasy Puppy League venture, an amped-up halftime show starring YouTube sensation Keyboard Cat, online voting for the Bowl’s…

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