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CRTC says Blue Ant can’t reduce CanCon

Media | 03/01/2016 10:16 pm EST

The CRTC denied Blue Ant Media Inc.’s application to reduce its Canadian programming requirement for its Cottage Life specialty channel from 80 per cent to 50 per cent for the broadcast day. The regulator said Tuesday that Blue Ant requested the amendment to its broadcast licence for Cottage Life because “a high Canadian programming exhibition requirement leads to low viewership and less revenue to be invested in Canadian productions.” The CRTC said in its decision that Cottage Life has been “profitable” since its acquisition by Blue Ant and that while Blue Ant...

Solange Attwood joins Blue Ant

Media | 01/20/2014 7:23 pm EST

Independent broadcaster Blue Ant Media Inc. is launching an international distribution unit and has appointed Solange Attwood its new senior vice-president of international operations, the company said in a release Monday. Attwood will lead the development and launch of the division, the company said. “Her experience in the international distribution marketplace will be instrumental in both building a broad catalog of content rights and delivering Blue Ant programs to a worldwide audience,” Raja Khanna, the company’s CEO of television and digital, said in a release. Most recently, Attwood was at Si Entertainment, where she headed the development and launch of its distribution arm, the release added....

Schyff joins Blue Ant

Media | 10/30/2013 8:24 pm EDT

Cynthia Schyff is the new chief financial officer at independent broadcaster Blue Ant Media Inc., the company said in a release Wednesday. Schyff will “oversee all finance initiatives” for the company, Blue Ant said. Schyff, who has “over 20 years of finance experience in the technology industry,” most recently served as worldwide head of operational risk and GRC at IBM Corp., the company said....

Blue Ant to rebrand ‘bold’ as Cottage Life

Media | 08/22/2013 7:25 pm EDT

Independent broadcaster Blue Ant Media Inc. will rebrand its specialty channel “bold” as the Cottage Life channel. The channel will launch on Sept. 4 with a free national preview, the company said in a release Thursday. The channel’s programming will focus on “themes like DIY, food, real estate and outdoor living,” the...

Blue Ant to rebrand eqhd as Smithsonian Channel

Media | 07/15/2013 8:58 pm EDT

Independent broadcaster Blue Ant Media Inc. will rebrand its specialty channel eqhd as the Smithsonian Channel this fall. In a release Monday, Blue Ant said the change will mark the first international expansion for the U.S.-based Smithsonian Channel. It said the Smithsonian Channel’s programming is “largely inspired by the assets of the...

Schouela joins Blue Ant as VP marketing, comms

Media | 06/03/2013 8:53 pm EDT

Blue Ant Media Inc. appointed Jamie Schouela to vice-president of marketing and communications, the company said Monday. In a release, Bleu Ant said Schouela most recently worked for Shaw Communications Inc.'s Shaw Media subsidiary as its vice-president of marketing....