Crime series highlight the distributor’s multitude of sales in Asia across High-Impact Documentaries, Factual, Specialist Factual and Kids & Family content
(Toronto, Canada – December 1, 2020) – Heading into the Asian Television Forum (ATF) in Singapore, global distribution group, Blue Ant International, announces today that it has secured multiple sales for its premium crime-themed content, further expanding its reach in the Asian market. Pan Asian broadcaster A+E Networks Asia and True Visions (Thailand) as well as Chinese streaming service, Huan Xi Shou Ying, have all picked up popular crime titles. Included among these deals are: BTK: A Killer Among Us (Cream Productions), which chronicles the tragic crimes committed by infamous killer, Dennis Rader, and series such as The Killer in My Family (Woodcut Media), focusing on families of convicted killers and See No Evil (Arrow Media and Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company), one of the distributor’s best-selling perennial series based on crimes caught on security cameras.
The placement of this premium crime programming highlights a plethora of recent sales the distributor has secured across Asia, brokered by Kate Blank, Senior Director, International Sales, Blue Ant International. Over the past six months, Blank has secured sales of more than 950 hours of content with broadcast and streaming platforms in China, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan across Blue Ant International’s High-Impact Documentaries, Factual, Specialist Factual and Kids & Family categories.
“The contemporary storytelling and universal appeal of our crime programming is resonating with buyers in Asia, who have incredibly high standards for this genre,” says Ludo Dufour, SVP, International Co-Productions and Sales, Blue Ant International. “This collection of crime-themed deals tops off a phenomenally successful year with Asian clients, in which we’ve strengthened relationships with linear broadcasters and streaming services across Asia. Our flexibility and diverse offering of premium content make Blue Ant International well positioned to work with emerging platforms across Asia and we’re looking forward to securing additional deals in the months to come.”
Blue Ant International Sales Highlights in Asia:
Pan Asian linear network, A+E Networks Asia has picked up Season 5 of, See No Evil, (16 x 60’; HD; Arrow Media and Saloon Media), a ground-breaking series about how real crimes are solved with the help of surveillance cameras, featuring real footage and dramatic reconstructions, combined with first hand testimonies.
In Thailand, linear broadcaster, True Visions (Thailand) has picked up Season 1 of Prison (3 x 60’ HD; Spring Films), an award-winning docu-series that tells the human story on both sides of the cell door—staff and prisoners, and the real issues facing them all, via exclusive access to the male English prison HMP Durham.
Chinese SVOD service, Huan Xi Shou Ying, has licensed multiple crime series including: Seasons 1 and 2 of Prison (6 x 60’ HD ; Spring Films), the second instalment of which shifts its focus to female offenders with exclusive access to HMP Foston Hall; BTK: A Killer Among Us (2 x 60’; HD; Cream Productions) a two-part docu-series that provides an in-depth look at the entirety of notorious killer Dennis Rader’s horrible legacy; The Killer in My Family (6 x 60’; HD; Woodcut Media), a gripping series that examines crimes through the lens of the killer’s family members; Seasons 1 and 2 of Fraud Squad: The Hunt (15 x 60’ HD; Bob Brown Productions), a series that follows a team of investigators whose job is to catch and convict theft from public coffers; Our Toughest Cases (6 x 60’; HD; Woodcut Media), which explores criminal cases that devastated communities, defined careers and took their toll on even the most experienced officers; How to Stay Out of Jail (1 x 60’; HD; Spring Films), which follows an elite police team whose extraordinary mission is to give criminals a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reform and cancel out their crime by joining a tough 16-week scheme; Women on the Force (6 x 60’; HD; Flint TV & Lambent Productions), which follows the struggles of women in a UK police force through unexpected twists and turns of one week on the job; and Season 5 of See No Evil (16 x 60’; HD; Arrow Media & Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company).
Blue Ant International is a leading worldwide distributor of high-quality, creative content that engages audiences worldwide and across multiple platforms. The company offers a full-service approach to production partners with sales operations in London, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Blue Ant International has a growing slate of over 4,000 hours of premium content, including distinctive series and formats in five key genres including factual entertainment, specialist factual, high-impact documentaries, kids and family, and scripted. Blue Ant International also has one of the world’s largest offerings of 4K natural history content. Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media.