Blue Ant Media

Blue Ant hires BBC Studios & Fremantle alum Jon Penn to lead expanded APAC business

Canada’s Blue Ant Media is expanding its Asia Pacific business and has set up a new office in Sydney, Australia, with former BBC Studios exec Jon Penn taking the newly created role of managing director, APAC. Penn will be responsible for content sales and expanding the reach of Blue Ant’s branded channels across Asia Pacific, […]

World of Wonder & Blue Ant partner on ‘Drag Race’ reality format ‘Slaycation’

RuPaul’s Drag Race producers World of Wonder are launching a new format, Slaycation, on the company’s WOW Presents Plus service and on Canadian streamer Crave. The six-part unscripted series features six drag queens from across the international Drag Race franchise, as they vacation together at a Canadian winter cabin. Produced by Blue Ant Studios and […]

Blue Ant Media buys Marblemedia as Canadian market consolidates

Blue Ant Media has snapped up fellow Canadian producer Marblemedia, as well as its sales division Distribution360. Marblemedia’s Mark Bishop and Matthew Hornburg – who co-founded the company in 2001 – become co-presidents of the combined operation and will report into Michael MacMillan, CEO & co-founder of Toronto-based Blue Ant. The deal will see production […]

Virgin Media O2 partners with A+E, Banijay & others for FAST channel suite

UK cabler Virgin Media O2 has partnered with A+E Networks EMEA, All3Media International, Banijay Rights, Blue Ant Media, Extreme International, Fremantle, Little Dot Studios and Tastemade to launch a suite of FAST channels. The channels will be available to all Virgin TV customers at no extra cost from next month. The dedicated channels will appear […]

Blue Ant Media & Vizio strike FAST deal to add Homeful & Love Pets to extend US reach

Blue Ant Media is expanding its rapidly growing network of FAST channels, after striking a deal with US service Vizio. The Canadian company’s Homeful and Love Pets channels will both be added to the Vizio WatchFree+ service in the US. Homeful offers real estate, renovation and transformation series including Mike Holmes shows, with the channel […]

Blue Ant hires Sabrina Sahel as affiliate sales director for Love Nature across EMEA

Blue Ant Media has hired Sabrina Sahel as its affiliate sales director for Love Nature across EMEA, based out of the company’s new Belgium office. Sahel is tasked with expanding distribution of the brand across Central and Eastern Europe, MENA and Benelux, reporting to Chiara McKee, VP of EMEA for Love Nature. The exec has […]

Love Nature extends reach in Australia following deal with Fetch

Blue Ant Media’s wildlife brand Love Nature has expanded its reach in Australia after a deal with local platform Fetch. The launch marks Love Nature’s debut as a linear subscription channel across the country and was brokered by Jon Penn of Sydney-based Future of Media Advisory. Programming available will include Love Nature’s week-long Love Earth […]

News round-up: Espresso unveils doc trio; Factual deals for Passion; Abacus to shop ‘Legacy List’

Espresso unveils doc trio Espresso Media International has unveiled three new documentaries from its distribution slate launching at Hot Docs 2023. Espresso are representing worldwide rights (excluding Canada) for the trio, which are all commissioned by Canada’s Documentary Channel. Two of the docs are produced by Frequent Flyer, including The Man Who Stole Einstein’s Brain, […]

News round-up: STV Studios snags ‘Good Girls Die Last’ rights; Armoza preps ‘Bingo’ for MIPTV; Blue Ant launches pet-focused FAST channel

STV Studios snags Good Girls Die Last rights Elizabeth Is Missing producer STV Studios has secured TV rights for Natali Simmonds’ debut thriller, Good Girls Die Last. The deal was struck via Emily Hayward Whitlock at The Artists Partnership working in association with Amanda Preston at LBA Literary Agency. Good Girls Die Last, which will […]

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