BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL SCALES DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS AND LAUNCHES ITS LARGEST SLATE TO DATE WITH 600+ HOURS OF NEW PREMIUM CONTENT FOR MIPCOM

Expanding catalog offers new 4K and HD titles as a result of new relationships with top tier producers such as Anaid Productions, CMJ Productions, DeFriest Project, Pyramid Productions, Spotlight Productions and Plimsoll Productions

 From left to right: Client and Jeff Schwarz, host of The Liquidator, a newly acquired series by Blue Ant International from Anaid Productions. Blue Ant International will be located at booth R8.D7 at MIPCOM 2016.

From left to right: Client and Jeff Schwarz, host of The Liquidator, a newly acquired series by Blue Ant International from Anaid Productions.
Blue Ant International will be located at booth R8.D7 at MIPCOM 2016.

Toronto, ON (October 3, 2016) – Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and leaders in global content distribution, announces its largest slate of series and documentaries to date. The distributor is scaling the business with an expanded offering that is a result of a variety of new global partnerships with premium producers.

In the lead up to MIPCOM 2016, Blue Ant International and Anaid Productions have signed an exclusive deal that sees the distributor taking over the distribution of its slate of over 200 hours. Top titles from Anaid include, long running series The Liquidator (91×30’HD) and reality series, Hail Mary (11×30’HD). Building on Blue Ant International’s recent production and distribution output deal, CMJ Productions delivers more hours with the addition of Boogeymen (26×60’HD), Bad Trip (13×60’HD) and Home Made (26×60’HD).

Building on the global success of Making a Murderer, Blue Ant International has picked up Showtime’s documentary The Mind of Mark DeFriest (1×90’HD), produced by DeFriest Project. This new documentary tells the unbelievable life story of Mark DeFriest. Arrested for a minor offense, Mark has spent the last 30 years behind bars, condemned to Florida’s worst prison, as a result of multiple jailbreak attempts. He remains behind bars trying to survive a rigid and unforgiving system.

Also of note, Blue Ant International inks new distribution deals with Pyramid Productions for a raft of new content that includes two feature documentaries, The Salvation of Todd Bentley (1×90’HD) and Goalie: Life In The Crease (1×90’HD). Spotlight Productions, another new producer to Blue Ant International’s slate, provides the distributor with two long running successful food series, Good Taste: Chinese (50×30’HD) and Good Taste: South Asian (50×30’HD).

The diverse slate of programming will also include new UHD wildlife and nature hours from Plimsoll Productions. Earlier this year, Blue Ant Media and Love Nature announced a partnership with Plimsoll Productions to launch an extraordinary 4K natural history project, Camp Zambia. The two-year project is producing 50 hours of stunning 4K wildlife and nature content and the first round of programming will be included in Blue Ant International’s distribution catalogue at MIPCOM. Series delivered include The Big Dry (3×60’ 4K & HD), Guardians of the Wild (5×60’ 4K & HD), Tales from Zambia (7×60’ 4K & HD) and Africa’s Hunters (6×60’ 4K &HD).

“Our core priorities are to continue to partner with premium international content creators, which is evident by our robust and expanding slate launching at MIPCOM,” said Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International.

New HD highlights from Anaid Productions:

The Liquidator (91×30’HD) offers a ringside seat to Jeff Schwarz’s fast-paced, high-stakes, buy-and-sell world. From checking out the goods, to making the deal and finding a buyer, we see it all and it isn’t always pretty.

Hail Mary (11×30’HD) follows the struggles and sacrifices of six young football prospects as they battle to keep their pro football dreams alive by competing for a spot with the Edmonton Eskimos. This series is a heartwarming portrait of determined young men trying to beat the steepest odds of their lives.

New HD documentary from DeFriest Project:

The Mind of Mark DeFriest (1×90’HD) tells the unbelievable life story of legendary escape artist, Mark DeFriest. Mark was condemned to Florida’s worst prison after a lone psychiatrist reversed the previous diagnosis of four court appointed psychiatrists and declared that Mark was faking mental illness. Over 30 years later, Mark is still struggling to understand how to survive a rigid and unforgiving system, while his remaining supporters forge an unlikely alliance to argue for his freedom.

New HD highlights from CMJ Productions:

Boogeymen (26×60’HD) ventures to small, picturesque towns that have embraced something unusual and fascinating as their main attraction: a local monster. Each episode goes in-depth into discovering the places where they  have been encountered, and explores the tourist attractions built around these creatures.

Bad Trip (13×60’HD) is an exciting travel series that takes a closer look at idyllic vacation scenarios that unravel before the eyes of the families who planned them.  Enduring bug-infested hotel rooms, broken-down cruise ships and badly timed incidents of food poisoning, these travellers have confronted the dark side of travel – and lived to tell the tale.

Home Made (26×60’HD) brings viewers to some of the most unusual structures in the world. Audiences will get to know the towns where they are located and the larger-than-life people who built them.

New HD highlights from Pyramid Productions:

The Salvation of Todd Bentley (1×90’HD) features the world’s most outrageous preacher as he lies, steals and cheats his way through anything.

Goalie: Life In The Crease (1×90’HD) features a legendary NHL goalie, Clink Malarchuk and his heroic stories of sharing his shell-shocking journey, and how he still struggles with mental disorders, on and off the ice.

New HD highlights from Spotlight Productions:

Good Taste: Chinese (50×30’HD) and Good Taste: South Asian (50×30’HD) both explore the cultural cuisines of their heritage while putting a spin on fusion dishes and family favourites.

New 4K highlights from Plimsoll Productions:

The Big Dry (3×60’4K &HD) follows the challenges that Zambia’s wildlife must overcome during the long dry season.

Guardians of the Wild (5×60’4K & HD) shows audiences the day-to-day challenges facing conservationists and scientists working in the Zambian wilderness.

Tales of Zambia (7×60’4K & HD), featuring a range of different Zambian species, takes audiences on a virtual safari ride into the wildest and most beautiful habitats on Earth.

Blue Ant International will be showcasing this content and more at MIPCOM 2016 at booth R8.D7.

Blue Ant International is a leader in global content distribution and native 4K wildlife and nature programming. Its diverse catalogue of over 2,200 hours includes award-winning factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats. With offices in the UK and Canada, the company’s catalogue includes Airport: Below Zero (Our House Media; 10×60’HD), The Cowboy (Network Entertainment; 2×45’ or 1×90’ HD) and Post My Party (Blue Ant Media; 13×30’ HD). Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media. blueantinternational.com

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Media Contacts:

Daniela Santia
Communications Coordinator, Blue Ant Media
E: daniela.santia@blueantmedia.ca
T: 416.646.6592

Sarah Etherden
Director, Corporate Communications, Blue Ant Media
E: sarah.etherden@blueantmedia.ca
T: 416.440.7283