Blue Ant Media greenlights two originals and four renewals

The Toronto-based producer, distributor and channel operator has announced its Canadian originals lineup for specialty TV platforms Cottage Life, T+E and Love Nature.

Blue Ant Media has ordered two original Canadian productions and renewed four others for the Canadian specialty TV platforms Cottage Life, T+E and Love Nature.

One of the new programs is the 60-minute natural history special with the working title Loons: A Cry From The Mist. Commissioned for Cottage Life in honour of its 35th anniversary, the documentary chronicles the perils facing the common loon, the brand’s symbol. Produced by Yap Films and distributed by Blue Ant International, the world broadcast premiere of Loons: A Cry from the Mist is scheduled for this fall.

The other new greenlight belongs to T+E: the 8 x 60-minute Mission: Unexplained, which is part of a Blue Ant Media and Content Catalyst Fund joint venture that backs women-led creatives in unscripted content. The series sees military veterans sharing inexplicable events they witnessed on the front lines, from mystifying lights to vanishing civilians. Mission: Unexplained, produced by Blue Ant Studios and distributed by Blue Ant International, will debut with its Canadian broadcast premiere during spring 2023.

The four renewals include season two of the Blue Ant/APTN co-production Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet on Cottage Life. The series profiles rural Alberta veterinarian Dr. Savannah Howse-Smith, who rescues and rehabilitates household pets and exotic wildlife while exploring her newly-discovered Métis heritage. Produced by Wapanatahk Media in partnership with Great Pacific Media, the 13 x 30-minute series is set for a spring 2023 premiere, with Howse-Smith’s Rocky Rapids Veterinary Service once again serving as a backdrop.

Also returning for a sophomore season on Blue Ant’s T+E is horror anthology series Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life (pictured). The titular film director, producer, actor and writer (Inglourious Basterds) is also executive producer of the 8 x 60-minute episode series with Cream Productions, while Blue Ant Media co-produces with Discovery+. The Canadian broadcast premiere of the show, which focuses on real-life hauntings, is set for this fall.

Keeping in the spirit of the paranormal, the T+E original hit series Haunted Hospitals returns for season four this fall, after a successful season three that reached Top 10 primetime series stature on the channel.

Also set for a fall Canadian broadcast premiere, the 10 x 60-minute Haunted Hospitals looks at paranormal activity inside hospitals, nursing homes and morgues. The series is produced by BGM Inc., a Sphere Media company.

Love Nature will have a second season of Battle of the Alphas, a 12 x 30-minute documentary series on animal conflict, competition and battle for supremacy. A Love Nature global commission produced by Yap Films, Battle of the Alphas will premiere in Canada and roll out worldwide on Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms in 2023, distributed by Blue Ant International.

All programs, which are filmed in HD, are overseen by Sam Linton, VP, head of original content, Canadian media, Blue Ant Media.

There are also two additional original unscripted Blue Ant Media series in the works for the company’s Canadian broadcast channels: Haunted Goldrush (working title) and Expedition Great White.

Executive produced by Sean De Vries, Haunted Goldrush follows paranormal investigators Corine Carey, Leanne Sallenback and Kelly Ireland as they explore British Columbia’s historic — and possibly haunted — Gold Rush Trail through the Fraser Canyon to Barkerville.

Expedition Great White, produced by Edward Peill, Tell Tale Productions (The Curse of Oak Island) and Ken MacDonald, Discovery Channel Canada’s former VP and GM, investigates the dramatic rise of Great White sharks spotted in Nova Scotia waters during the summer and fall.

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator, headquartered in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Washington and Beijing.  The company also operates channels under nine brands including Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), BBC First (Canada) and more.