Blue Ant Media Announces Love Nature and ZooMoo’s EMEA Debut Ahead of MIPTV 2018; Chiara McKee Appointed VP, EMEA, Kids & Global Networks

By March 19, 2018Press Releases

Love Nature 4K launches on Ooredoo’s new UHD linear service in Qatar; Love Nature and ZooMoo land in Nigeria on MyTV in HD

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Chiara McKee, VP, EMEA, Kids & Global Networks will lead Blue Ant Media’s EMEA-targeted channel distribution sales, operations and marketing

(London, UK – March 19, 2018) Blue Ant Media, an international content producer, distributor and channel operator, announced today its Kids & Global Networks division launch in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) via new carriage deals for premium wildlife and nature channels including: Love Nature a family-friendly natural history offering with the largest 4K wildlife and nature library in the world and joint venture with Smithsonian Networks; and ZooMoo a children’s nature HD linear channel and joint venture with AT&T.  To support Blue Ant Media’s debut in the market, Chiara McKee has been appointed VP, EMEA, Kids & Global Networks and will lead the company’s EMEA channel distribution sales, operations and marketing from the company’s London (UK) office. McKee reports to Ward Platt, CEO, Kids & Global Networks.

As part its EMEA launch, Love Nature’s 4K channel has landed on Ooredoo TV’s UHD linear service in Qatar, bringing audiences across the region access to the brand’s celebrated original programming that brings nature fans closer to the beauty and wonder of nature, sharing awe-inspiring stories and shining a light on the fight for survival in an ever-changing world. A next-generation television service in Qatar, Ooredoo TV offers subscribers 4K resolution and programming, time shift, parental control and thousands of hours of content on its 4K VOD service.

Love Nature and ZooMoo, a children’s nature broadcaster with 500 hours of original content combining spectacular wildlife footage with puppetry, animation and narration for the Kids 2-7 category, have also landed in Nigeria via television provider MyTV. The English-speaking service is comprised of a unique mix of Nigerian and international channels focusing on African content.  

In her role as VP, EMEA, Kids & Global Networks, Chiara McKee will oversee channel distribution sales, operations and marketing across Europe, Middle East and Africa for Love Nature 4K, Love Nature HD, ZooMoo (HD) and the animated and live action YouTube gaming channel with 250 million+ views, Arcade Cloud. McKee was previously Director, Love Nature International where she led marketing and brand partnerships for Love Nature’s international linear channels and streaming video platform (outside of Canada). Previous leadership roles also include Director, International Marketing and Operations for Trace TV and Senior Marketing Manager, Branded OTT Services for NBC Universal. McKee will join Blue Ant Media at MIPTV 2018.

“Chiara has a proven track record of success with building and growing strong, global brands that resonate with diverse audiences around the world, serving our global channel distribution business very well,” said Ward Platt, CEO, Kids & Global Networks. “Love Nature and ZooMoo’s expansion into EMEA showcases the demand that nature fans of all ages, all over the world, have for premium natural history content and stunning original programming.”

Blue Ant Media’s roster of global channels has experienced significant international expansion in recent months with Love Nature, ZooMoo, Blue Ant Extreme and Blue Ant Entertainment’s growing distribution across Asia Pacific announced at ATF. In January, the division announced the launch of a new Global Networks LATAM sales arm at Napte in January 2018 and Arcade Cloud’s launch as a 24/7 gaming entertainment channel on Twitch. Premium satellite provider, Measat, which offers carriage services in 150 countries across Asia and EMEA, recently announced a new deal bringing Blue Ant Entertainment HD, Blue Ant Extreme HD, Blue Ant Entertainment Philippines SD, ZooMoo HD, Love Nature 4K and Love Nature HD to Pay-TV operators across Asia Pacific.

Love Nature also has 4K and HD channels in Canada and in HD in Singapore via StarHub. The brand’s streaming video service is available in 65+ countries internationally and recently launched on Amazon Channels UK and Amazon Channels Germany and Austria.

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. From our production houses around the world, we create content for multiple genres including factual, factual entertainment, short-form digital series and kids programming. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 3,200+ hours of content, including the largest 4K natural history offering on the market. Blue Ant Media’s international channel business offers a portfolio of media brands such as Love Nature (International), ZooMoo Networks (International), Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), Blue Ant Entertainment (International), Blue Ant Extreme (International) and HGTV (New Zealand). Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Washington, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.