Canadian broadcasting and media company Blue Ant Media has unveiled its upcoming programming slate for 2019/2020 for its T+E, Cottage Life, Smithsonian Channel and Makeful channels.
For T+E, Hotel Paranormal will have its world broadcast premiere in the spring of 202o. The 8 x 60-minute series, produced by Saloon Media and distributed by Blue Ant International, features hotel guests and staff recalling their spooky hotel experiences.
Also produced by Saloon Media, in association with Talos Films, Travel Channel and T+E, The Witches of Salem will host its Canadian broadcast premiere this October. The four-part documentary series draws on historical documents, court records and experts like sociologists, psychologists and cultural historians, to bring the drama and hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials to life.
On Cottage Life, Saloon Media’s Canadian version of the BBC Studios’ Life Below Zero will premiere next spring. Life Below Zero: Canada (pictured) is a 8 x 60-minute series that captures the day-to-day trials of Canadians living in the remote Canadian north. Also airing this summer is Cottage Coach, a digital short-form series that features Cottagelife.com DIY expert Adam Holman teaching individuals how to tackle cottage issues.
Over on Smithsonian Channel, Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan will have a Canadian broadcast premiere in the winter 2020. The six-part series follows the life of Date Masamune, known as the One-Eyed Dragon, who fought alongside the three founding fathers of Japan. Cream Productions produces.
High Maintenance will also premiere on the net in winter 2020, and focuses on the crews who keep subways, bridges and power dams safe. Each of the 8 x 60-minute episodes will profile two structures or systems, which include the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Stations in Niagara Falls, the Montreal Metro, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in California. The series is coproduced by Frantic Films and Kew Media Distribution.
Finally, Landscape Artist of the Year Canada will launch on Makeful in winter 2020. The 4 x 60-minute competition series, produced by marblemedia, features landscape painting challenges, with time-lapse segments. It is based on the UK format originally produced by Storyvault films.
“We can’t wait to bring this new slate of original series from a talented roster of Canadian producers to the audiences of our passion-focused channels,” said Jamie Schouela, president of Canadian media at Blue Ant Media, in a statement.