Blue Ant Media

BBC Studios preps BBC First in Canada with Blue Ant, replacing HIFI channel

BBC Studios (BBCS) is to launch its scripted and factual network BBC First in Canada with Blue Ant Media, with the latter closing its HIFI channel as a result. BBC First will be operated as a joint venture between BBCS and Blue Ant, offering “uniquely British and globally-recognised” BBC series such as Top Gear, Death […]

TBI In Conversation: How Netflix’s new samurai docudrama embraced action & authenticity

Cream Productions CEO David Brady tells Mark Layton about blending visceral action and historical accuracy for new Netflix series Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan Toronto-based Cream Productions, alongside fellow Canadians Blue Ant Media, launched their new docudrama co-production Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan on Netflix last week. The 6 x 60-minute series follows the […]

Canada’s Blue Ant Media sells majority stake in Kiwi prodco NHNZ to Julie Christie

Blue Ant Media has sold a majority stake in its New Zealand-based factual production company NHNZ to unscripted producer Julie Christie. Christie will become CEO at NHNZ, which has also been rebranded as NHNZ Worldwide. The production company will continue to be based in Dunedin, New Zealand, and Blue Ant will retain ownership of NHNZ’s […]

Blue Ant & CCF partner to produce female-generated unscripted content

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has teamed with development and funding company Content Catalyst Fund (CCF) to develop female-generated, unscripted programming for the global marketplace. The two companies intend to combine their collective expertise and resources to develop, produce and distribute series and documentaries for domestic and international markets. As part of this deal, CCF, which […]

Deals round-up: Beyond engineers raft of sales; ZDF Enterprises gets Naked; Nippon TV & WBITVP expands ‘Mute it!’; Sony snags Beta series

Beyond engineers raft of sales Blue Ant Media in Canada, RTHK in Hong Kong, Discovery in Italy and Canal+ in France and French speaking territories are among broadcasters to pick up shows from Beyond Rights. The four companies have acquired BriteSpark Films Massive Engineering Mistakes (12 x 60), which examines epic fails and builder blunders from […]

Blue Ant promotes Julie Chang to lead on int’l co-pros

Canada-based content producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has promoted Julie Chang to EVP of international co-productions. In her new role, Chang will initiate and lead co-productions for the company across its core units and is tasked with identifying, structuring and closing content creation deals and leveraging financing opportunities with international partners. Her remit […]

Blue Ant’s Love Nature ups Alison Barrat to expanded commissioning role

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has promoted Alison Barrat to become SVP of production & development at Love Nature, with a remit to find, develop and commission new projects for the fast-growing channel brand. Barrat is responsible for executing programming strategies for Love Nature’s international networks and oversees all production management and post production, as well […]

News round-up: Insight TV lands on Pluto TV; SPI channels head to Germany & Russia; Love Nature expands in Lat Am

Insight TV heads to Pluto TV UHD broadcaster Insight TV has launched three of its channels on ViacomCBS-owned AVOD Pluto TV in the UK and Germany as both continue their accelerated growth. The millennial-focused broadcaster has brought three of its channels to the service: lifestyle channel Insight TV; action-focused channel InTrouble; and science/technology/knowledge channel InWonder. […]

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