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Blue Ant Media, Blink Films ink output deal

International producer-distributor Blue Ant Media has secured an exclusive, multi-year production and distribution output deal with London-based indie Blink Films. Under the two-year partnership, which was announced on the opening day ...
April 3, 2017

International producer-distributor Blue Ant Media has secured an exclusive, multi-year production and distribution output deal with London-based indie Blink Films.

Under the two-year partnership, which was announced on the opening day of MIPTV 2017,┬áBlink will begin production this month in South America, Hungary, Austria and South Africa to craft seven original series – amounting to 24 hours of content – for the Love Nature 4K wildlife SVOD service, Blue Ant’s fledgling joint venture with Smithsonian Networks.

The London-based factual indie and Missing Evidence (pictured) producer has previously produced 30 hours of content for the Love Nature brand.

Blue Ant International, the sales arm of the Toronto-based company, will offer the seven series as part of its 4K wildlife and nature catalog to global buyers by 2019.

“This exclusive output deal is an extension of our ongoing relationship with Blink Films to create premium programming for Blue Ant Media’s factual channels,” said Vanessa Case, EVP of content at Blue Ant Media, in a statement. “Our new partnership will see us adding 24 hours of new premium wildlife and nature programming to Love Nature’s library, currently the largest 4K natural history offering on the market.”

“The scale this production gives us the opportunity to achieve something quite special, with a great mix of animal behavior and science,” added Blink Films exec producer Dan Chambers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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