Marblemedia hires Proper TV’s Mike Armitage and ups Kelsey Espensen in factual push

Canadian prodco Marblemedia has hired Proper Television exec Mike Armitage as its new development producer for factual & factual entertainment. The appointment comes as part of an expansion of the development team to drive unscripted growth, with exec Kelsey Espensen also seeing her role expanding to become development producer for unscripted entertainment & formats. In […]

Marblemedia CEO Mark Bishop on turning lemons into lemonade in 2020

Mark Bishop, co-CEO of Toronto-based indie Marblemedia, says that the unprecedented challenges of the past year have left Canadian indies well-placed as they head into 2021. This time last year, nobody could have predicted how much the world would change, and how much TV production would be impacted as a result of Covid-19. As 2020 […]

Kids round-up: Jellyfish names originals MD; Scholastic & Mainframe unveils kids’ horror show; Marblemedia hires ex-Disney child star

Jellyfish named new MD of originals UK-based animation studio Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Natalie Llewellyn as managing director of its children’s animation original production division Jellyfish Originals. Llewellyn, who joined the company in 2018 as head of IP development, will now take lead on the creative and commercial efforts of the division and be responsible […]

‘Blown Away’ producer Marblemedia readies three factual series

Toronto-based Marblemedia, the producer of Netflix hit Blown Away, is travelling to Realscreen next week with a new development slate spearheaded by three factual series being pitched for pre-sale. Two series have been created and developed in-house by Marblemedia, whose new series Restaurants on the Edge launches on Netflix on 28th February. A third series […]

Formats house Bristow targets US with new development VP

Toronto-based Bristow Global Media (BGM) has promoted Sean Connolly to the new position of vice president of development. The new position was created as the company expands its unscripted content, with a focus on creating original formats for a global audience and tailoring international formats for North America. Connolly will have an immediate focus on […]

Canuck firms prep Goonies-inspired drama

Canadian producers Marblemedia and Omnifilm Entertainment have partnered to create a scripted series that Toronto-based Distribution360 will sell internationally. The Odyssey is billed as a “fun and suspenseful adventure with a tone reminiscent of the classic adventure comedy The Goonies”. Showrunners Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (Fangbone), who are currently creating an original one-hour pilot […]

State of the industry: Canadian kids TV

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral Media’s assets, they are optimistic that the same new platforms threatening traditional TV will provide them with greater global reach. Mark Dillon reports. The […]

Sean Connolly joins Canadian producer

Canadian executive Sean Connolly is joining Marblemedia as VP, primetime unscripted development. Reporting to co-CEO and executive producer Matt Hornburg, Connolly joins as part of an ongoing push into primetime programming at the Canadian production firm. Connolly is former exec at Our House Media, Red Apple Entertainment and Proper Television. He is also behind CBC […]

Rankin resurfaces at Distribution360

Former DRG and Cineflix sales exec Diane Rankin has resurfaced at Distribution360, the programme sales business owned by Marblemedia. Rankin left the TV business in late 2012 and has now returned, coming in as senior VP, international sales and acquisitions at D360. In the new role Rankin will split her time between London and Toronto, where […]