Deals: Blue Ant, Mongrel Media, Anaid, CBC, Media Ranch

Blue Ant International ramps up its sales in Asia, Mongrel has its first theatrical release of a BritBox original, Media Ranch secures format deals across Europe, and more.

Blue Ant International

Blue Ant Media’s international sales arm has sold a number of factual and children’s series in the Asian market in the lead-up to the Asian Television Forum in Singapore. Discovery’s Pan Asian network has picked up the first two seasons of Orangutan Jungle School (pictured) as well as John Torode’s Middle East. Discovery in Japan has licensed Blue Ant Studios’ Animal Senses and renewed Cream Productions’ Dino Hunt. AETN18 MEDIA PVT (A&E Network, India) has also picked up Architect Films’ Best Cake Wins.

Several broadcasters in South Korea have picked up content from Blue Ant. MBC has licensed Secret Life of the Koala, YTN Science has picked up two seasons of Wildlife Icons and KBS has picked up Blue Ant Studios copro Blue and Animals at Play. Hong Kong’s TVB has also acquired Animals at Play, along with Animals Decoded, Supersenses and Riverbank Pictures’ When I Grow Up. Finally, Thailand’s True Vision has picked up a number of series, such as Blue Ant Studios’ Make it Big, Make it Small and The Weather Files, Our House Media’s Haunted Case Files, The Inspectors and Alibi Entertainment’s Sarah Off the Grid.

Mongrel Media

Toronto-based distributor Mongrel Media is working with SVOD BritBox on the theatrical distribution of the documentary 63 Up. This is the first time the company has handled the theatrical release of a BritBox original. The film is set to open in Toronto and Vancouver on Dec. 20 and is the ninth installment of an ongoing series documenting the lives of 14 Britons. The first film, 7 Up, met each individual as children. 63 Up is directed by Michael Apted and produced by Claire Lewis.

Anaïd Productions

U.S. network A+E has picked up unscripted series The Liquidator, produced by Vancouver’s Anaïd Productions, for its channel FYI TV. The series aired for four seasons in Canada between 2012 and 2015 on Rogers Media’s OLN channel. It features “Liquidation King” Jeff Schwarz as he takes on unconventional buy-and-sell deals. The Liquidator is set to premiere on FYI TV on Friday, Dec. 6. Anaïd’s Margaret Mardirossian and Helen Schmidt are executive producers.


Public broadcaster CBC has picked up the broadcast rights to the crime drama Miss Scarlet and the Duke. The 6 x 60-minute series is produced by L.A. prodco Element 8 Entertainment and A+E International and is set to air on PBS in the U.S. under its Masterpiece franchise. It has also been sold in the U.K. (UKTV), Australia (Seven Network), New Zealand (Lightbox), Germany (RTL), the Commonwealth of Independent States (Yandex) and Greece (OTE Cosmote TV).

Media Ranch

Montreal-based format distributor Media Ranch has closed a raft of deals overseas. Germany’s Imago TV has picked up Big Love, which follows three “overweight” couples for eight months as they try to “ditch their bad habits.” Factual social experiment program Judge for One Day was sold in Germany (SEO Entertainment/Fish Will Wurm), France (Banijay France), the Netherlands (Tuvalu), the UK (RDF Television); and Flemish Belgium.

Manipulator, which explores how humans are manipulated, was sold to Productions Desferlantes in French-speaking Canada. 180 Days, which explores what would happen when individuals attempt to “walk in someone else’s shoes,” was sold in French Canada to Productions Mustang. Talpa Germany has also acquired the rights along with Tuvalu Media in the Netherlands. Verdict on Demand was sold into Poland to Rochstar and in France to Monsieur France Television. The program sees a judge and host solve neighbourly disputes and legal conflicts in 12 hours.

With files from Realscreen