Cameras roll on Landscape Artist of the Year Canada

Landscape Artist of the Year Canada
Co-commissioned by Blue Ant and CBC, the competition series will launch on Makeful in early 2020 before heading to CBC for a second window.

Production is underway on a domestic adaptation of the British competition format Landscape Artist of the Year (4 x 50 minutes).

Co-produced by marblemedia and Blue Ant Media, the series sees professional and amateur artists compete in a variety of landscape challenges to win the title of Landscape Artist of the Year. The format was created by London, U.K.-based Storyvault Films and is distributed by Banijay Rights on Sky Arts in the U.K.

Landscape Artist of the Year Canada was first announced by Blue Ant Media this January, alongside docuseries The Bryk Cottage (Saloon Media, 6 x 30 minutes) and Handmade Hotels (Architect Films, 6 x 30 minutes).

Production is expected to run through Sept. 30, with the show premiering on Blue Ant Media’s DIY-focused channel Makeful in early 2020. The show was co-commissioned by CBC, which has second-window rights to the series. The host and judges will be announced closer to the show’s debut.

Matt Hornburg, marblemedia co-founder, co-CEO and exec producer, serves as an exec producer on Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, while Blue Ant Media’s head of original content Sam Linton will produce the series with showrunner Carly Spencer. Spencer’s credits include The Bachelor Canada and Back in Time for Winter.

Landscape Artist of the Year Canada marks marblemedia’s latest collaboration with Blue Ant following glass-blowing competition series Blown Away (10 x 30 minutes). A copro with Netflix, the series hosted by former Big Brother and America’s Got Talent contestant Nick Uhas made its debut on Blue Ant’s Makeful in February, before landing on Netflix this summer.

In other marblemedia news, the prodco has optioned the TV rights to Zoe Whittall’s second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible. Published by the House of Anansi, the story explores a love triangle between a shy transgender paramedic, a filmmaker dealing with a broken heart and a former teen idol. The agreement was negotiated by the prodco with the Transatlantic Agency’s Samantha Haywood. Vanessa Piazza is also currently in development on a drama pilot based on one of Whittall’s novels.