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How Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano Turned Their Ad Agency Side Project Into HBO’s New Animated Series, ‘Animals’

On 12, Feb 2016 | In Press & News | By

Last Friday night marked the premiere of HBO’s newest animated comedy series, Animals, a gritty and hilarious look at New York through the eyes of the city’s various regional birds and beasts. The series’ creators, Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, provide voice work alongside some pretty big guest stars like Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Molly Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and members of A$AP Mob. The path the show took to find its home is an unconventional one involving early shorts at Channel 101, a Sundance screening, a supply closet Skype call with Mark Duplass, and a dream meeting with HBO, who has already greenlit the series for a second season.

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