Blue Ant orders more ‘Cake’

Best Cake Wins
Produced by Toronto's Architect Films, the competition series will return for another 10 episodes.

Blue Ant International has commissioned a second batch of competition baking series Best Cake Wins.

Produced by Architect Films, the Toronto prodco behind Home to Win and Great Canadian Cottages, the 30-minute show follows two expert bakers as they try to create intricate birthday cakes based on a child’s drawings. Like season one, season two will run for 10 episodes. The announcement was made at Realscreen Summit in New Orleans.

Production on the culinary competition show is already underway in Toronto with Architect’s Mike Sheerin and Tanya Linton serving as exec producers. Bobby Janic also directs, while Chris Thinn is a series producer.

U.S. channel BYUtv has pre-bought season two of the series after acquiring season one last January. BYUtv’s Andra Duke and Jim Bell oversee production on the series.

Speaking of second helpings, the commission for another season of Best Cake Wins marks Architect’s second greenlight from Blue Ant this year. Earlier in January, the company ordered the docuseries Coolest Places to Stay (6 x 30 minutes; working title) for Makeful. Set to debut this April, the show follows the growing trend of using homes as vacation rentals.

Also unveiled at Realscreen, Blue Ant’s joint venture with Smithsonian Networks, Love Nature 4K, has commissioned a new animal docu-soap for its slate, Big Cat Country from U.K.-based Plimsoll Productions.

Hosted by Nathan Pilcher and Sam Davies, the six-part, one-hour series is described as following “three dynasties of lions that are poised on the edge of collapse.” Production is underway on the series, with an expected delivery date of early 2019.

Plimsoll’s Andrew Jackson and Kate Beetham serve as exec producers, with Beth Brooks as series producer. The docu-series will air on Love Nature 4K’s linear and streaming platforms internationally and on the Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. Blue Ant International oversees the show’s licensing in select regions.

Big Cat Country marks Love Nature’s second endeavour with Pilmsoll following the pact to launch the natural history project, Camp Zambia. Via the deal, the trio partnered to develop and produce 50 hours of 4K wildlife and nature programs over the next two years through a studio based in Luangwa, Zambia. In 2017, the team rolled on part two of its project, capturing nature in Zambia before heading to Sri Lanka.

Big Cat Country joins Love Nature’s other recent docuseries commissions like Malawi Wildlife Rescue (Icon Films), Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (Oxford Scientific Films/Positivity) and season two of Orangutan Jungle School (NHNZ).