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Erin Wanner

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Senior Vice President, Production

Erin Wanner is Senior Vice President, Production for Animal Planet.  She heads up all the network's production teams, working with internal executive producers and external production companies to ensure the excellence of Animal Planet's storytelling and to execute the content vision for the network. She is a key creative voice for the network and serves as executive producer for select series and specials, including Animal Planet’s new signature series, Crikey! It’s The Irwins which broke all-time ratings records for the network with its premiere in Oct. 2018, and Emmy® Award nominated Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.

Wanner previously served as Vice President of Production for Animal Planet and oversaw such series and specials as The Zoo, Tanked, Treehouse Masters, Dodo Heroes – which attracted 36 million viewers around the world, Surviving Harvey: Animals After the Storm, a timely special featuring animal rescues, reunions and adoptions in the wake of the 2017 natural disaster, and Puppy Bowl, which broke ratings records earlier this year by delivering the highest rated telecast in the 14-year history of the television event. Prior to joining Animal Planet, Wanner was an Executive Producer for Discovery Kids where her programs earned nine Emmy® Award nominations.

Prior to joining Animal Planet, Wanner was an executive producer for the Discovery Kids Channel for six years.  In that time she received nine Emmy® nominations for the popular series ENDURANCE, STRANGE DAYS AT BLAKE HOLSEY HIGH, WILBUR and PAZ.

Before joining Discovery Kids, Wanner was vice president of program development for Lancit Media Entertainment, the Emmy Award-winning producer of children's programs including "Reading Rainbow" and "The Puzzle Place."

Wanner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College with a degree in anthropology.