Blue Ant International secures pre-sale of the series to BYUtv for the U.S. market
(New Orleans, LA – January 29, 2019) – Blue Ant International, a transatlantic distributor of premium content and division of Blue Ant Media, announced today at the Realscreen Summit its full commission of Architect Films-produced Best Cake Wins (20×30’; HD) second season, now in production in Toronto, Canada. The news kicks off the first of many distributor-led commissions planned by Blue Ant International for 2019. U.S. network, BYUtv, has followed up on its Season 1 acquisition of the series pre-buying the latest installment of Best Cake Wins ahead of delivery.
Best Cake Wins is a baking competition in which two expert bakers are tested as they create intricate birthday cakes for the most demanding judges of them all: young kids with wild imaginations. Throughout the show, the cake-masters are tested to their limit while designing a confectionary delight based on a child’s own colourful drawings.
“We are entering an important year for Blue Ant International’s commissioning strategy, which will see us making significant investments that we know will diversify our content offering” said Solange Attwood, EVP, Blue Ant International. “Our strategy to fully fund globally-relevant, long running and returnable series by top-tier producers, will allow us to hand select the high quality programming we know our buyers are looking for worldwide.”
“Producing Best Cake Wins with the Blue Ant International team has been a fantastic experience from both a business perspective as well as a creative one,” said Mike Sheerin, Co-CEO, Architect Films. “We look forward to many more partnerships such as this.”
Best Cake Wins is executive produced by Mike Sheerin and Tanya Linton. Chris Thinn is Series Producer and Bobby Janic serves as Director. Overseeing production on behalf of BYUtv is Andra Duke and Jim Bell.
Based in Toronto, Architect Films is a content production company that creates popular, mass-audience lifestyle programming that is sold all around the world. The world renowned production company’s slate consists of all genres but key highlights include series in the food, renovation and general interest categories. architect-films.com
Blue Ant International is a leading content distribution company with the largest slate of native 4K nature and wildlife content globally. Its diverse catalog of over 3,000+ hours includes award-winning factual, factual entertainment, kids and family, lifestyle, reality, documentary series, high impact docs, blockbuster formats. With offices in the UK and Toronto, the company’s library includes Best Cake Wins (Architect Films; 10×30’ HD), Teddies (Beach House Pictures Kids and Northern Pictures Kids; 90×30’HD) and Orangutan Jungle School (NHNZ; 10 x 60′ HDR + 4K + HD). Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media. blueantinternational.com
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BYUtv provides families more than 1,700 hours of entertaining and compelling programming they can enjoy together. The network’s content is trusted, contemporary and clean, yet clever and sophisticated enough to inspire children and parents alike. BYUtv’s diverse portfolio of original, co-produced and acquired content includes scripted and unscripted dramas and comedies, 700+ hours of live HD collegiate sports, game shows, and holiday special made-for-tv movies, docudramas and concerts. BYUtv is available in 50 million homes in every state of the country on DISH Network, DirecTV and 146 other major cable systems. A digital pioneer, BYUtv was the first U.S. television network to stream all of its content live and unencrypted over the internet. Today, BYUtv has over 1 million YouTube subscribers and 1 billion views and is available live and on-demand on multiple digital platforms free of charge, including Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One, Windows Media, digital apps for iOS and Android and BYUtv.org. Based in Provo, Utah, BYUtv is part of BYU Broadcasting, which is owned by Brigham Young University.