‘Blown Away’ Producer MarbleMedia Acquired by Canada’s Blue Ant Media, Production and Distribution Merging Into Combined Studio (EXCLUSIVE)
10.08.2023 - 13:35
Manori Ravindran Executive Editor of International A new heavyweight is about to make a splash in the unscripted ring. Canadian production-distribution powerhouse Blue Ant Media, the producers of “Canada’s Drag Race,” has acquired “Blown Away” outfit MarbleMedia — a deal that merges two of Canada’s most global-facing industry players.
The acquisition sees Toronto-headquartered Blue Ant Media merge its production and distribution operations with MarbleMedia into one studio and rights business. Blue Ant Media boss Michael MacMillan, the former CEO of Alliance Atlantis, tells Variety that discussions have taken place for around a year.
“Neither company needed to do this,” he says, “but it seemed like a really smart idea for us all.” Formed in 2011, Blue Ant Media has grown into a leader in factual and unscripted content. Its stable of shows include “Canada’s Drag Race” for World of Wonder and Crave; “Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks” for Prime Video; the doc series “Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies” for Peacock; and the true crime show “See No Evil” for Investigation Discovery.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old MarbleMedia is known for glassblowing competition show “Blown Away,” which has had three seasons on Netflix; mixology series “Drink Masters,” also for Netflix; and Discovery chainsaw competition show “A Cut Above.” Its Prime Video documentary “Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe,” about the cult Canadian children’s TV figure, will world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
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