24 March 2020 18:33
'Tiger King' Joe Exotic was jailed for trying to have an animal rights activist murdered Netflix's new true crime documentary Tiger King is about a gay Oklahoma tiger breeder called Joe Exotic who may have tried to have an animal rights activist murdered. But Tiger King takes the entire format to a whole new level – following Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Schreibvogel Maldonado-Passage, who was the self-proclaimed king of the shady exotic animal underworld. The larger-than-life figure ran the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, a private park in Oklahoma known for breeding a large collection of tigers, lions and other big cats. The docuseries tracks Joe Exotic as the wheels slowly start to come off of both his business and personal life – culminating in the accidental death of one of his husbands, and his eventual imprisonment for attempting to have Carole Baskin of animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue murdered. Carole Baskin was one of the central players in the truly bonkers Tiger King documentary that arrived on Netflix last week (March 20).
For Carole, who owns Big Cat Rescue (an organisation that advocates for the end of abuse towards big cats in captivity), the series painted her as the main adversary of Joe Exotic who, for a time, owned one of the USA's most famous private zoos. Lions and tigers aside, the docu-series also cast a shadow over Carole, questioning whether or not she had any involvement in the disappearance of her ex husband. This peddled a conspiracy theory that Carole had killed her first husband, and fed his body to her big cats (something she has vehemently denied, obviously). Those that have now watched the series in full will be aware that Joe is currently serving time in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that was said to be targeting Carole. As revealed in the series, before his disappearance Don Lewis had filed court documents seeking an injunction against Carole, with the accusation that she had threatened violence against him.
Carole and her new husband Howard Baskin, who featured in the series, are still continuing their work at the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary. We would argue that it was made quite clear in the documentary series that there was no evidence to support any wrongdoing on Carole's part when it came to the mystery surrounding her first husband Don Lewis. Carole had previously shared her overriding hope for the series (via Variety): "I think the most important thing is that everybody who pays to pet a cub or have an interaction with a big cat, is enabling all of this criminal activity that they're seeing in this documentary." 'Tiger King': Joe Exotic's journey from big cats to the Big House after murder for hire Amid social distancing and isolation, Netflix's new docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" rules. The seven-episode true-crime series (now streaming) explores the life of Joe Exotic (born Joseph Schreibvogel), a man with an affinity for big cats, blonde mullets, guns and explosives. "Tiger King" examines Joe's life at Oklahoma's Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (referred to as the G.W. Zoo) and his hatred for Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, Florida.
The supplier noted it had already seen the value of revenue synergies through the release of Piggy Riches, the first title jointly developed by NetEnt and Red Tiger. The integration, NetEnt said, was in line with its strategy to continuously improve all parts of the business, and would result in annual cost savings of around SEK150m (£12.6m/€13.6m/$14.7m), beginning in the first half of 2020. "We are now entering the next phase of the integration with Red Tiger, whose sellers are also becoming shareholders of NetEnt," NetEnt chief executive Therese Hillman (pictured) said. The acceleration of the earn-out would be facilitated by a directed issue of B-shares to the Red Tiger sellers, including Gavin Hamilton, its CEO who has been named chief operating officer of NetEnt as part of the restructuring. In 2019, NetEnt saw revenue grow marginally, with Red Tiger helping to mitigate struggles in the Swedish and Norwegian markets, though increased operating costs and financial expenses resulted in net profit for the year falling 25.7% to SEK428.9m. Both NetEnt CEO Hillman and the supplier's new COO Hamilton - in his previous role of Red Tiger CEO - spoke to iGB about the transaction last year. Therese Hillman, group CEO of NetEnt, said: "We are now entering the next phase of the integration with Red Tiger, whose sellers are also becoming shareholders of NetEnt. NetEnt also confirmed that the earn-out consideration for Red Tiger will be redeemed through a directed issue of new shares and cash payment. The addendum to the SPA is subject to approval of a directed issue of 6,327,175 B-shares to the sellers of Red Tiger by the annual general meeting of the shareholders of NetEnt, scheduled for April 29 2020.