Northern Pictures


Deals round-up: ITVS takes ‘Great Barrier’ global; ‘The Wall Duet’ lands in Europe; Alchimie strikes Irida content deal

ITV Studios takes ‘Great Barrier Reef’ global UK-based ITV Studios has acquired international distribution rights to natural history series Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation. Produced by Australian prodco Northern Pictures for ABC last year, the series follows marine explorers on an exploration of the reef and the life that calls it home, as well […]

TBI Weekly: Embracing autism & disability representation

To mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, TBI deputy editor Mark Layton talks to producers from around the world, and across a range of genres, about their neurodiversity and disability-focused shows and what best practices can be learned from how they brought them to the screen. Authentic on-screen representations of disability and neurodiversity are, […]

News round-up: All3 takes ‘Total Control’ from Keshet; India’s Lionsgate Play strikes BBCS first; Cineflix partners with Hayley Orrantia

All3 strikes Blackfella Films deal All3Media International has struck a new deal with Australian producer Blackfella Films that will see it managing worldwide sales of political thriller Total Control. The show, which was ordered by the ABC in Australia, was co-created by and stars Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) and is in development on its second […]

Blue Ant’s Julie Chang on a post-pandemic prediction

Julie Chang, VP of international co-productions at Blue Ant Media and interim EVP at Blue Ant International, looks into the crystal ball to provide TBI with her take on how production might look post-pandemic. I want to show you a glimpse of the future. I’m picturing a post-pandemic scene, maybe a year or two years […]

News round-up: Love Nature unveils blue chip duo; BET+ visits eOne’s Diggstown

Love Nature greenlights blue chip duo Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature 4K has greenlit two six-part, blue-chip specialist factual series from sibling producers for its linear and online channels. A Wild Year On Earth, produced by Blue Ant Studios’ Northern Pictures and narrated by actor Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), is an epic look at how […]

Ex-Nat Geo topper to lead Blue Ant networks unit

Producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has launched a global networks division to support its international expansion efforts. Former National Geographic Partners COO Ward Platt will lead the division, taking up the newly created role of CEO, global networks and kids. The global networks division will manage: Blue Ant’s joint venture with AT&T, […]

Sniderman joins Blue Ant from Vice’s Pulse

Blue Ant Media has added to its senior management team by bringing in Sam Sniderman from Vice Media-owned Pulse Films. Sniderman has been named global head of commercial affairs at the Toronto-based broadcast, production and distribution company. His hire comes soon after Blue Ant acquired David Haslingden’s Racat Group. He was previously global COO and […]

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 […]

Haslingden tunes up a new super indie

Until September last year, David Haslingden was Fox’s top channels executive, running its US and international networks. But after two decades at the News Corp unit he left, only to emerge back into the spotlight in February when he acquired Natural History New Zealand. Australia’s Northern Pictures was then added and a joint venture formed […]

ABC Oz ‘will turbo charge natural history and can rival the BBC’

Phil Craig, the head of documentaries at Australian public broadcaster the ABC, says that a new international outlook and partnership with its US counterpart PBS means it will be able to rival the BBC in terms of international influence in the natural history sphere. Craig was speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc event […]