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Blue Ant, Saloon Media prepping “Life Below Zero: Canada”

Toronto-headquartered Blue Ant Media is licensing format rights to BBC Studios’ observational docuseries Life Below Zero for a localized Canadian version. Life Below Zero: Canada will be produced by Blue Ant’s ...
February 11, 2019

Toronto-headquartered Blue Ant Media is licensing format rights to BBC Studios’ observational docuseries Life Below Zero for a localized Canadian version.

Life Below Zero: Canada will be produced by Blue Ant’s recently acquired Saloon Media, and will begin production later this month. Shot on location throughout the remote northern regions of Canada, the 8 x 60-minute series will offer an unfiltered look into the day-to-day activities of a diverse group of people, including First Nations, as they grapple with deadly weather and limited resources to find food, water and shelter.

Life Below Zero: Canada is expected to air on Blue Ant’s Cottage Life channel in 2020. A special 30-minute sneak peek episode will premiere on the channel in April.

Blue Ant’s licensing of format rights for Life Below Zero marks the first format deal for the series, which was first launched in 2013 by the Los Angeles production arm of BBC Studios. The program recently celebrated its 100th episode on National Geographic in the U.S.

Life Below Zero has been a must-watch series for Canadian viewers on Cottage Life and now we’re going to be able to give our audiences a localized version of content they love,” said Samantha Linton, head of original content at Blue Ant Media, in a statement. “Saloon Media’s track record of award-winning production on factual series makes them a perfect fit for this series.”

“Marrying a hit concept with never-before-seen Canadian stories of grit and survival is a great project,” added Saloon Media MD Michael Kot (pictured).

“Our relationship with Blue Ant Media, which started with the launch of the BBC Earth Channel in 2016, continues to grow with our first format deal of Life Below Zero – the powerful original series that has been a phenomenal hit in the U.S. and in Canada,” said Michael L Smith, SVP of TV sales, co-productions and digital distribution at BBC Studios – Americas.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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