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Blue Ant adds 160 hours to slate

The distributor has added its first scripted program to its catalogue, along with a bevy of natural history and factual programming.
March 14, 2017

Blue Ant International, the distribution division of Toronto-based Blue Ant Media, has added 160 hours to its slate ahead of MIPTV in April, including the upcoming CBC doc Canada: The Story of Us as well as scripted series The Inspectors. 

Going forward, Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback Daily, that Blue Ant, which is well-known for its 4K natural history offering, will be looking to add more genres to its programming slate.

“We’re looking at premium, high-quality content, and if that happens to be in scripted, we’re just as interested in that as we are across any genre. At the end of the day, if there’s a great story being told, we’d like to be involved as either a coproducer, distributor or beyond,” she said.

Blue Ant will also present a raft of natural history projects at MIPTV, including its first HDR documentary, the one-hour Blue Ant Media-produced Alaskan Summer, as well as several projects from its partnership with Plimsoll Productions, Camp Zambia. These projects, all produced in 4K, include Growing Up Wild (3 x 60 minutes), Wild Survival (3 x 60 minutes), Untamed Valley (3 x 60 minutes), Africa’s Hunters II (6 x 60 minutes) and Guardians Of The Wild II (4 x 60 minutes).

Building off the company’s output deal with Montreal-based CMJ Productions, Blue Ant has added factual series Guilty Rich (6 x 60 minutes), which was recently commissioned by Discover ID, and A Know It All Guide To… (12 x 30 minutes), a co-production between Blue Ant Media, CMJ Productions and FYI. Blue Ant also renewed its distribution deal with Our House Media and will take its Home Chef to Pro Chef (14 x 3o minutes) and Paranormal Survivor III (10 x 60 minutes)as well as 360 digital-video series Paranormal Survivor: Evil Surrounds You to MIPTV in Cannes. 

Other series heading to France include Cream Productions’ Evil Nature (12 x 60 minutes), Bristow Global Media and Nutopia’s Canada: The Story of Us (10 x 60 minutes), Farmhouse Productions’ Brojects in the House II (13 x 30 minutes), Off the Fence’s Africa’s Claws & Jaws (4 x 60 minutes), Taglitch Media’s Rewilding Europe (3 x 60 minutes), White Pine Pictures’ Arctic Secrets (3 x 60 minutes), Blink Films’ Arabian Inferno (5 x 60 minutes). 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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