Michael MacMillan


Blue Ant buys Australian Geographic in docs push

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has bought a 32-year-old Australian magazine publishing business, as it seeks to expand the reach of its natural history doc content. Blue Ant – which makes, sells and broadcasts television – acquired Australian Geographic and its assets from magazine and digital publishing group Bauer Media. Financial terms of the deal were […]

Blue Ant’s Solange Attwood promoted to int’l EVP

Blue Ant International has promoted Solange Attwood from senior vice president to executive VP of international. In her new role, Attwood (pictured) will continue to oversee the strategic director of Blue Ant’s international distribution arm. She has previously spearheaded coproductions for the sales group, presales and worldwide sales activities while overseeing the business’ ongoing expansion […]

Blue Ant TV boss steps down in rejig

Blue Ant Media’s CEO of television and digital, Raja Khanna, is leaving the Canadian content business after more than a decade. He will leave his post at the end of the year, as the company continues to position itself as an international production, distribution and channels operation. “In order to deliver on our growth strategy, […]

Blue Ant buys RACAT to form natural history powerhouse

Toronto-based producer-distributor Blue Ant Media has announced the high-profile acquisition of international media organisation RACAT Group. Included in the purchase are prestigious production houses NHNZ, Beach House Pictures and Northern Pictures. Also included in the deal is international children’s nature broadcaster ZooMoo Networks and Runaway Play, a mobile game developer and publisher. The RACAT businesses […]

Blue Ant makes Choice channels move

Canada-based content company Blue Ant Media has acquired a majority stake in Choice TV, the Kiwi pay digital channel. The lifestyle and entertainment channel is carried on the digital terrestrial Freeview platform and DTH service Sky in New Zealand, meaning it reaches all of the country’s TV homes. Julia Baylis, who has been with the […]

Smithsonian Channel gets first int’l launch

The Smithsonian Channel will launch in Canada this autumn, marking the first time the factual net has launch outside the US. Smithsonian Networks and Blue Ant Media have partnered to launch the new Canadian HD channel, which will replace specialty network eqhd and be available through “all major distribution partners”. Smithsonian, a joint venture between […]