Blue Ant

Blue Ant JV expands development & production division

Love Nature, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has appointed a range of development and production staff for its commissioning office in Washington, D.C. As part of the expansion, Alison Barrat has been appointed vice president of production and development and James Manfull to executive producer. Barrat, who arrived from Living […]

Blue Ant crafts CCTV9 co-production

Blue Ant Media-owned Beach House Pictures has entered into a partnership with China’s CCTV9, which will see the Singapore-based producer make a new five-part documentary series, Art of Craft (5 x 60 mins), for the public broadcaster channel. Supported by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority, the HD series will be Singapore’s first co-pro with factual-themed […]

BBC, Blue Ant launching Earth channel

BBC Worldwide and Blue Ant are rolling out the BBC Earth channel in Canada. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the Canadian programmer and channel operator will launch the high-end factual net on January 24. The launch line-up will include hit series Planet Earth II (pictured) and The Hunt. The HD net will replace […]

Jago Lee to lead Blue Ant’s London studio

Former Tiger Aspect exec and Nerd founder Jago Lee has joined Canadian producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant, and will head up a new London production base. Lee will be creative director at Antenna Pictures, the UK prodco recently set up by Blue Ant. The company said he has been tasked with building a […]

Jackson exits Banijay, joins Blue Ant

Banijay Group global sales chief Michael Jackson has left the company and joined Blue Ant International. Jackson’s exit comes after those of Emmanuelle Namiech, Jimmy Humphrey and several other former Banijay International sales execs in the wake of the company’s merger with Zodiak Media. TBI understands that the only member of the former Banijay International […]

Blue Ant cuts Zig Zag deal, brings 4K to Cannes

Blue Ant International has inked a development and distribution deal with UK indie Zig Zag Productions. The UK prodco announced it was staffing up earlier this week, and the agreement will see Canada-based Blue Ant invest in Zig Zag’s slate and sell some of its content internationally. The company operates specialty channels in Canada and […]

Blue Ant brings 4K to Cannes

Blue Ant International is launching a slate of new 4K shows at MIPCOM next month. The distributor, a division of Canada-based producer and channel operator Blue Ant Media, will have a slew of wildlife and doc specials and series in the UHD format, with 40 new hours in all. The line-up includes 2x60mins Seasons of […]

Content companies vie to be Best Distributor

Five content sales companies have been shortlisted for the Best Content Distributor category in the first-ever Content Innovation Awards, organised by TBI and sister brand Digital TV Europe. Content Media, Endemol Shine International, Global Agency, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and TCB Media Rights will battle it out for the award, which will be given at […]

Blue Ant picks up A Life Underwater

Producer and distributor Blue Ant has picked up rights to a new 4K doc, Jago: A Life Undercover. The film, which will be available in HD and 4K and 1x60mins and 1x90mins versions, follows Rohani – an 80 year-old hunter who hobbles around on land but who dives like a fish and can descend to […]

Blue Ant hires distribution director

Canada-based producer, channel operator and distributor Blue Ant has hired Kate Blank as director, international sales. She joins Blue Ant from Breakthrough Entertainment, where she was director of international distribution, covering Germany, France, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and the UK. In her new role at Blue Ant she will cover the Asia Pacific region, German-speaking territories, […]