Exclusive Canadian simulcast airs August 31, September 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5p.m. PT on Love Nature and T+E
Co-Produced by BBC and PBS
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(Toronto, ON, August 26, 2015) – Blue Ant Media announced today that the live television and multimedia event, Big Blue Live, produced by BBC and PBS, will exclusively simulcast in Canada live on its networks, Love Nature and T+E, August 31st, September 1st and 2nd at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together for two amazing weeks in late August and early September to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures – humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters and brown pelicans – convene in this once-a-year confluence.
Viewers will be treated to one of nature’s great reality shows, delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea and below the waves. The multiplatform event will be anchored by four on-air correspondents from a reporting hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ research vessels. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights.
The on-air correspondents include Dr. M. Sanjayan, host of Earth A New Wild and senior scientist at Conservation International; Liz Bonnin, a science broadcast journalist based in the UK, known for her work on the BBC science programs Bang Goes the Theory and Stargazing Live; Dr. Joy Reidenberg, host of Sex in the Wild and a comparative anatomist with expertise in marine mammals, will be on location as a primary science contributor, providing insight into the anatomy of the wide range of marine life that populates Monterey Bay; Steve Backshall, an award-winning naturalist, writer and TV anchor known for his work on BBC’s Deadly 60. Matt Baker, a UK-based news anchor known best for his work on The One Show, a daily magazine program airing on BBC. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights on different aspects of marine life and ecology.
Big Blue Live, 3×60’, a co-production between BBC and PBS and distributed by BBC Worldwide North America, will be Executive Produced by James Honeyborne and Series Produced by Adam White for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Vice President of Programming and Development Bill Gardner and Sr. Director of Programming and Development Bill Margol will oversee the project for PBS.
Blue Ant Media is a privately held media company that owns and operates 10 media brands including Cottage Life, T+E, Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada and AUX. Blue Ant Media creates and distributes content ranging from music to outdoor living, DIY to nature, engaging fans across television, digital, magazines and live events. Blue Ant Media is based in Toronto and produces experiential events and specialized consumer shows and has investments in Omnia Media, a Los Angeles-based YouTube network and Choice TV, a New Zealand broadcast network. blueantmedia.com
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