Blue Ant Media is bolstering its North American presence with the hiring of Emmy Award-winning producer and long-time TV and film executive Laura Michalchyshyn as chief creative officer and co-president of content production at Blue Ant Studios.
Michalchyshyn takes on this newly created role to oversee creative across multiple Blue Ant Media businesses while co-managing and growing Blue Ant Studios alongside co-president of Blue Ant Studios, Sam Sniderman. Her key focus will be growing the company’s unscripted and scripted production slate in North America and bringing her talent relationships to the company while also forging new partnerships with American partners and platforms. Based in New York, she reports to Blue Ant Media’s CEO and co-founder, Michael MacMillan.
During her career, Michalchyshyn has led programming and production teams, run cable channels and worked as a producer partnering with talent, production companies, studios and networks, including Radical Media, Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Media, Dawn Porter’s Trilogy Films, World of Wonder, Marina Zenovich’s PMZ Pictures, Joe Berlinger, Caroline Suh, Stephen David Entertainment, Isabella Rossellini, Mike Clattenburg, Brick City TV, Alan Cumming’s Club Cumming Productions and Jeffrey and Michael Zimbalist’s All Rise Productions. Michalchyshyn’s most recent roles include several years serving as president of Sundance Productions.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Laura since our Alliance Atlantis days together. Her talent, knowledge of the industry, and experience working on both sides of the U.S./Canada border will take Blue Ant Studios’ production portfolio to a new level of excellence,” said MacMillan. “Her key role symbolizes our commitment to growing our production footprint within North America, which is critical to our success in creating and owning more content.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Blue Ant Studios to help lead the growth of their content and production business,” added Michalchyshyn. “The relationships I’m fortunate to have built with amazing creative talent are the focus of my work. I look forward to bringing a diverse range of exciting new projects to the dynamic, growing international media market.”