Series available for the first time at MIPTV
(Toronto, ON – March 14, 2019) – Blue Ant International continues to grow both their premium content offering and their partnerships with the global content creation community with the acquisition of 19 new titles including three anticipated true-crime series BTK: A Killer Among Us (2×60’), Fred & Rose West: House of Horrors (1×60’), and See No Evil’s fifth season (16×60’) ahead of MIPTV. A division of Blue Ant Media, Blue Ant International is a worldwide distributor of premium content with over 3,500 hours of programming in their catalogue.
“We continue to acquire some of the most unique programmes on the market,” says Solange Attwood, EVP, Blue Ant International. “We also have grown our relationships with six new marquee producers like Oxford Scientific, Arrow Media, Saloon Media, Pixcom Productions, to name a few, and as a result, have some amazing new programmes to offer our buyers that really tap into global trends and the current zeitgeist.”
The new tent-pole programming includes 11 new factual entertainment series, four new high-impact documentaries, and four never-before-available nature & wildlife programmes.
Some new highlights from the factual entertainment catalogue include three paranormal series My Worst Nightmare (10×60’; HD; Pixcom Productions), ratings blockbuster Paranormal Survivor V (10×60’; HD; Our House Media) and the second season of UFOs: The Lost Evidence (10×60’; HD; Megalomedia). Four lifestyle series also make their debut at MIPTV including Saloon Media’s The Bryk Retreat (6×30’ HD), Architect Films’ Coolest Places to Stay (6×30’; HD), Sarah Off the Grid II (6×60’; HD) by Alibi Entertainment, and Stripe Media’s 100 Day Renovation – 99 Problems (8×60’; HD).
The high-impact documentaries category includes the new arrivals BTK: A Killer Among Us (2×60’; HD; Cream Productions), a two-part docu-series that provides an in-depth look at the entirety of Dennis Rader’s murderous legacy; Fred & Rose West: House of Horrors (1×60’; HD; Blink Films), a film detailing the chilling killings in a husband-and-wife serial killers’ home that shocked the UK 25 years ago; and on a lighter side, My Gay Pet and Other Animals (1×60’; HD; Arrow Media) that explores the question ‘can my pet be gay?’.
Blue Ant International’s nature & wildlife library continues to offer new programming that explores our planet. In a televisual first, Turtle Beach (1×60’; 4K & HD | 1X90′; HD; Renegade Pictures & Merit Entertainment) reveals the complete story of a turtle nest for the first time – from initial egg-laying to the final hatching. Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (5×60’; HDR, 4K & HD; Oxford Scientific Films) showcases some of our four-legged friends and how their natural abilities are being harnessed to improve lives. Hope for Wildlife IX (13×60′; 4K & HD; Arcadia Entertainment) is an emotionally charged look at what goes wrong when humans encroach on the natural environment; and Carpathian Predators (2×60’ 4K & HD; Blink Films) offers viewers a glimpse into a place where predators still roam wild and humans have adapted to coexist with these formidable animals.
Blue Ant International will showcase its new and existing catalogue at its MIPDOC and MIPTV booth R8.B7 starting April 6, 2019.
Blue Ant International’s MIPTV 2019 slate includes:
See No Evil V (16×60’; HD; Arrow Media & Saloon Media)
This is a ground-breaking series about how real crimes are solved with the help of surveillance cameras. Police reveal how CCTV footage has unlocked the answer to cases that otherwise might have remained unsolved – leaving dangerous killers at large. The series features real footage and dramatic reconstructions, combined with first-hand testimony from police, witnesses, and families.
My Worst Nightmare (10×60’; HD; Pixcom Productions)
My Worst Nightmare explores people’s most bone-chilling recurring nightmares and brings them to life in vivid detail. With cinematic nightmare dramatizations, captivating true accounts, and distinct expert analysis from dream interpreters and psychoanalysts, each episode attempts to decode the meaning and mystery behind the dream and provide insight into these intrusive nightmares.
Paranormal Survivor V (10×60’; HD; Our House Media)
This series takes you through terrifying real-life encounters with the supernatural. Hear from those who have faced feared spirits and watch dramatic recreations that lure people back to the scenes of these harrowing confrontations.
UFO’s The Lost Evidence II (10×60’; HD; Megalomedia)
Chilling accounts of current and former government officials, pilots, astronauts and astrophysicists reveal new evidence of UFO contact ranging from deep space to our deep seas. UFO’s The Lost Evidence II sheds light on an unsettling possibility… that man’s contact with UFOs is deeper and more far-reaching than ever imagined.
Hellfire Heroes II (8×60’; HD; Pixcom International)
In the untamed wilderness, where seasonal wildfires can destroy an entire town in a single day, a special breed of firefighters risk their lives to serve and protect the people who live and work here. No matter what comes their way – from battling raging house fires to search and rescue, saving lives on the most remote highways, or delivering a new life – no job is too big or too small for these brave Hellfire Heroes.
Rich Kids Go Homeless (6×60’; HD; Zeppelin Films)
Today’s rich kids live a life of luxury that most of us can only dream of. In this six-part series, the wealthy swap their lavish lives to sleep rough on the pavements of London. They want to prove that it is possible to escape homelessness for good in just three nights. With nothing but a sleeping bag, the Rich Kids quickly discover what it is really like to be homeless.
Respect Your Elders (4x 60’; HD; Zeppelin Films)
Ageism is rife in youth-obsessed Britain, where old age is seen as a process of decay. In this series, entitled and unambitious teenagers and 20-somethings move in with surprisingly active senior citizens who have seen and done it all before.
100 Day Renovation – 99 Problems III (8×60’; 4K & HD; Stripe Media)
Designer Hamish Dodd is on a mission to renovate a heritage vacation home in just 100 days. Hamish helps a family who loves their house and
The Bryk Retreat (6×30’; HD; Saloon Media)
Designer Danielle Bryk is pulled in to take over the renovation and transformation of the family lake house, a project that is already over budget and behind schedule. Now Danielle has to deal with a new crew, family demands, and tight timelines, all while delivering stunning style and beautiful designs for a cherished family home.
Coolest Places to Stay (6×30’; HD; Architect Films)
With the popularity of short-term rentals booming, Coolest Places to Stay takes a look at beautiful and unique homes, and the homeowners who have figured out how to use handcrafted touches and stylized décor to turn their bedrooms into
Sarah Off the Grid II (6×60’; HD; Alibi Entertainment)
Design icon Sarah Richardson is back. Step inside Sarah’s life with husband Alex and co-conspirator Tommy Smythe, as they attempt to build an off-the-grid dream home from the ground up for her most important client ever: her family. With unparalleled access to behind the scenes of Sarah’s personal and professional life, the stakes couldn’t be higher as she takes on her biggest challenge yet.
BTK: A Killer Among Us (2×60’; HD; Cream Productions)
Dennis Rader – better known as the serial killer BTK for bind, torture, kill – killed for three decades before he was finally captured and incarcerated. Almost no one in Wichita, Kansas was left unscathed by the murderous carnage he unleashed. BTK: A Killer Among Us, is an in-depth look at the entirety of his horrible legacy.
Fred & Rose West: House of Horror (1×60’; HD; Blink Films)
Twenty-five years ago the UK watched aghast as police recovered the remains of nine women and girls from a house in Gloucester owned by Fred and Rose West. The victims of the serial killers had been dismembered and buried with evidence of torture. To mark the anniversary of the Gloucester House of Horrors, we return to 25 Cromwell Street to reveal new secrets in an authoritative film created with case expert Howard Sounes.
The Art of Craft (5×60’; HD; Beach House Pictures)
This documentary explores the passion, authenticity, and unusual skill of modern-day master craftsmen and artists, following their pursuit of perfection in the worlds of glass blowing, embroidery, violin making, and other intricate crafts.
My Gay Pet and Other Animals (1×60’; HD; Arrow Media)
This documentary, guided by leading experts, behaviourists, and scientists, helps us understand why animals might choose same-sex partners, the evolutionary reasons behind it, and to answer the intriguing question ‘can animals be gay?’ My Gay Pet and Other Animals is a frank look at animal sexuality, exploring why homosexual behaviour is found throughout the animal kingdom.
Nature & Wildlife:
Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (5×60’; HDR, 4K & HD; Oxford Scientific Films)
Dogs never cease to amaze us. They are smart, loyal, and equipped to do things we humans simply cannot. It is no surprise, then, that we have enlisted their help in a whole range of jobs – some truly remarkable. This series explores the extraordinary jobs our four-legged friends are undertaking across the globe.
Turtle Beach (1×60’; 4K & HD | 1X90′; HD; Renegade Pictures & Merit Entertainment)
In a televisual first, this series reveals the complete story of a turtle nest for the first time. Follow a clutch of 100 turtle eggs over two months, from initial egg-laying to the final hatching 51 days later when hatchlings ‘boil’ out onto the beach.
Hope for Wildlife IX (13×60′; 4K & HD; Arcadia Entertainment)
Hope Swinimer, her staff, and volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of animals each year – while struggling to make ends meet. Hope for Wildlife is an emotionally charged look at what goes wrong when humans encroach on the natural environment. There is not always a happy ending, but there is always Hope.
Carpathian Predators (2×60’ 4K & HD; Blink Films)
The Carpathian Mountains stretch across seven European countries. Vast primeval forests, steep gorges, and isolated peaks offer a vital refuge to some of the continent’s most charismatic creatures. This is a place where predators still roam wild and humans have adapted to coexist with these formidable animals.
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 3,500+ hours includes award-winning factual, and 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.