Raja Khanna

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, […]

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 […]

Ex-YouTube Canada boss, Avalon exec join Blue Ant

Fast-growing channel, production and distribution business Blue Ant Media has hired former YouTube Canada boss David Brown to run MCN Omnia Media, and added an Avalon comedy exec to oversee content fo the digital channels operator. Brown will be CEO of gaming- and DIY-focused YouTube channel operator Omnia, which was fully acquired by Blue Ant […]

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 […]

Ex-WWE boss to run Smithsonian, Blue Ant 4K co

Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks have teamed to launch Blue Skye Entertainment, a new UK-based company exclusively focused on 4K content. Canada-based Blue Ant, which runs specialty channels as well as producing and distributing non-fiction content, and the TV division of museum and research organisation Smithsonian, have appointed Jo Parkinson to run the new […]

Blue Ant rejigs management team

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has made a series of managerial switches and hires to “align” its top team with “the demands” of expanding its business. A key change sees marketing and communications executive VP Jamie Schouela named EVP, Canadian Networks. He will leading strategy of Blue Ant’s domestic networks and digital content strategy, and continue […]

2014 Year in Review, part two

What were the moments that defined 2014 for individual companies in the international TV space? In the second part of our three-part Year in Review special, we unearth the deals that mattered to those brokering them. The quality of programming in 2014 continued the recent trend that has seen TV become a prime source of […]

News brief: Blue Ant plots 200 hours of 4K wildlife

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has committed to producing and distributing 200 hours of premium 4K wildlife programming. This comes following the creation of such shows for Blue Ant’s premium Canadian network Oasis. “The nature and wildlife categories are ideally suited to 4k production,” said Raja Khanna, CEO, TV and digital, Blue Ant. “This commitment will […]

Blue Ant International strikes output deal

Recently-launched distributor Blue Ant International has agreed its first output deal, linking with factual producer Our House. The agreement means Toronto-based Blue Ant will be the exclusive distributor of the North American indie producer’s programming internationally. Our House is the producer set up by former Cineflix Productions’ CEO Simon Lloyd and executive VP Joe Houlihan […]