Canada’s Blue Ice Group and Toronto-based distributor KinoSmith Inc. are teaming up to form distributor Blue Ice Docs, which will fund and acquire non-fiction work in Canada and beyond.
The company is a joint venture between Blue Ice Group – which oversees Blue Ice Pictures, Blue Ice Productions and co-owns Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – and boutique distributor KinoSmith, with both groups pooling resources to form Blue Ice Docs.
KinoSmith president Robin Smith will head the new company, in addition to his duties for KinoSmith.
“Both Steven [Silver, Blue Ice Group CEO] and I have a particular passion for documentaries, and a desire to share this passion with others,” said Neil Tabatznik, chairman of Blue Ice Group, in a statement. “Blue Ice Docs’s mission is to find and ensure that the best documentaries are seen by as many people as possible. Robin’s standing in international documentary circles makes him the ideal partner, and we welcome the opportunity to work with him.”
“It’s rare to run into a company and individuals such as Neil and Steven who have such a strong dedication to the documentary art form, and it’s an absolute privilege to be included in their quest to elevate documentaries as an accessible and necessary medium of our industry,” added Smith.