Blue Ant International has expanded its reach in the Asian market with multiple sales of premium 4K specialist factual, factual entertainment and kids’ series.
Discovery has licensed two series for its pan-Asian network: seasons one and two of Orangutan Jungle School, which centers on a group of orphaned orangutans as they progress through a forest school; and John Torode’s Middle East, following the chef as he cooks on location with local chefs and then re-creates three dishes. Discovery in Japan has secured Animal Senses and renewed Dino Hunt, a series that sees paleontologists reveal prehistoric mysteries using CGI technology to bring dinosaurs “back to life.”
A&E Network in India has picked up the baking competition series Best Cake Wins. In South Korea, MBC has bought Secret Life of the Koala, YTN Science will broadcast seasons one and two of Wildlife Icons and KBS will broadcast Blue, a journey into the ocean realm, and Animals at Play. TVB in Hong Kong has also licensed Animals at Play as well as Animals Decoded, Supersenses and the kids’ STEM-focused series When I Grow Up!
Blue Ant International has secured the sales of six series to Thailand’s True Vision, including the kids’ series Make it Big, Make it Small, which features two kid hosts exploring big experiences and then applying their knowledge to create DIY projects. The broadcaster has also picked up such factual-entertainment series as Haunted Case Files, The Weather Files, seasons one and two of The Inspectors and seasons one and two of Sarah Off the Grid, which sees celebrity designer Sarah Richardson build an eco-friendly dream home with her family.
Solange Attwood, executive VP of Blue Ant International, said: “Blue Ant International is a top seller of premium 4K specialist factual content in Asia, where there is a strong appetite for natural history and wildlife programming. Our diverse offering of factual entertainment and kids’ programming also has the quality and universal appeal that meet the high standards of broadcast partners across Asia.”