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Blue Ant International

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Blue Ant Media

Company overview

Blue Ant Studios is an international production studio and rights business with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Singapore and Sydney. The company’s diverse production slate spans scripted comedy and drama, unscripted entertainment, formats, high-impact documentaries, live-action kids + family, and animation. The studio is anchored in original storytelling, with award-winning series that include Blown Away (Netflix), Canada’s Drag Race (Crave), the upcoming scripted teen comedy series, Davey and Jonesie’s Locker (Hulu and Prime Video), Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies (Peacock), Drink Masters (Netflix), Race Against the Tide (CBC), The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks (Prime Video), 9/11 Kids (CBC), See No Evil (Investigation Discovery US), and the adult-animated series, Gary and His Demons (Prime Video, Amazon Freevee). The company’s recent feature-length documentary, Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe (Prime Video), was awarded the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary in 2023. Blue Ant Studios’ distribution arm has a vast catalogue of over 7,000 hours of premium programming from the studio and third-party, top-tier producers around the world. Blue Ant Studios is a subsidiary of the global media company, Blue Ant Media.

Programming Profile

Blue Ant’s distribution aspirations come more clearly into focus

19-02-2024

As they gear up for this month’s London Screenings with 265 hours of new and returning content, Blue Ant’s Lilla Hurst, Bryan Gabourie and Gerbrig Blanksma discuss how the Canadian company’s recent M&A moves have added new tools to its distribution arsenal.

 

With two high-profile corporate acquisitions in a little over 18 months, Blue Ant Media has been something of an outlier in a market in full belt-tightening mode.

 

Lilla Hurst
Lilla Hurst, Blue Ant

The Toronto-headquartered company acquired UK-based distributor Drive in mid-2022, with principals Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett joining the Blue Ant fold. 2023 brought about a merger with Canadian company marblemedia and its distribution arm Distribution360, in a deal that saw the companies combine their production and distribution operations into a unified studio, led by co-presidents Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg.

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Contacts

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Mark Bishop Co-President, leads all studio business across development, production & distribution, to deliver world-class content to partners around the globe.
Blue Ant Studios

Matt Hornburg Co-President, leads all studio business across development, production & distribution, to deliver world-class content to partners around the globe.
Blue Ant Studios

Diane Rankin EVP, Commercial Strategy & Content Financing, Production & Distribution, oversees all commercial strategy, pre-sales and financing across Blue Ant original productions.
Blue Ant Studios

Ben Barrett Global Head of Content Financing & Partnerships, oversees co-productions and pre-sales financing for Blue Ant production studio and global content partners, and works across acquisitions of third party content.
Blue Ant Studios

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