Blue Ant Studios

Blue Ant Studios expands production & development leadership

Canada’s Blue Ant Studios has appointed Aileen Gardner and Zachary Frank to two newly created leadership roles within its production and development divisions. Gardner has been named head of production, Canada, and is charged with leading the operations for the studio’s slate of productions in the country. She will report to Laura Michalchyshyn, CCO & co-president of global […]

Blue Ant Studios inks first-look deal with producer & director Lisa Cortés

Blue Ant Studios in Canada has struck a first-look deal with US producer and director Lisa Cortés to develop and produce new scripted and unscripted properties across documentary, music, history and biography, and narrative. Kicking off the collaboration, Cortés and Blue Ant are developing a docuseries based on Clover Hope’s book The Motherlode: The 100+ Women […]

Amazon Prime Video teams with Blue Ant for Kids in the Hall documentary

Amazon Prime Video has commissioned The Kids In The Hall: Comedy Punks, a two-part documentary chronicling the cult-favorite Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. Produced by Toronto-based Blue Ant Studios, the documentary will offer never-before-seen archival footage from the earliest years of the troupe and in-depth interviews with members Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, […]

Blue Ant Studios names Casey Kelly as VP unscripted development

Blue Ant Studios has appointed Casey Kelly to the newly created role of VP of unscripted development. Based in Los Angeles, Kelly will oversee all aspects of Blue Ant’s unscripted development pipeline and produce current series through production and network delivery. She will report to Jennifer Harkness, SVP of unscripted content production, and also work closely with CCO and co-president […]

Peacock & Sky prep Ghislaine Maxwell docuseries, Abacus sells globally

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has commissioned an original investigative documentary about British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and her relationship with the late, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The three-part Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell is being produced by Blue Ant Studios and will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage as it explores how Maxwell, once the heiress to […]

Blue Ant’s Saloon unveils first drama, with Dominic Barlow’s StoryFirst & Brendan Foley attached

Blue Ant Studios-owned Saloon Media has partnered with Dominic Barlow’s UK-based firm StoryFirst on its first scripted drama, which has been created by Cold Courage’s Brendan Foley.  Ghost Walk (8 x 60-minutes) will follow a vivacious, aspiring Canadian actress and prickly British scientist who together become an unlikely ‘Mulder and Scully’ of the world of ghosts. […]

Blue Ant Studios inks partnership with ‘Surviving R Kelly’ producer Tamra Simmons

Blue Ant Studios, the production arm of Canada’s Blue Ant Media, has signed a development deal with Surviving R Kelly producer Tamra Simmons. The Atlanta-based producer, writer and talent director, who is who is executive producer of LA Productions and CEO of The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency, will work with Blue Ant Studios to identify and develop a […]

Blue Ant’s Look Mom! hires Warner Bros., Disney alum

Look Mom! Productions, the Blue Ant Studios-owned animation outfit behind Quibi’s Doomlands, is expanding its operations in North America with the appointment of a Warner Bros, Sony, DreamWorks and Disney alum. Sam Chou takes the new role of creative development director at Look Mom! and reports into MD Josh Bowen, with a remit to expand […]

Dealing with Covid-19: Why global thinking is vital in lockdown

TBI’s extensive coverage around the impact of Covid-19 continues today with Laura Michalchyshyn, chief creative officer and co-president of content at Blue Ant Studios, who explains why global partnerships are becoming even more vital to deal with the fall-out from the Coronavirus pandemic. Like so many in the production business, we’re adapting to a challenging […]