16 OCT 2020

BLUE ANT INTERNATIONAL SECURES DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH HBO MAX

The streaming platforms acquired live-action children's programming from the global distributor's Kids & Family offer.

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Blue Ant International closed a distribution deal with HBO Max that will see the streamer acquiring live-action children's programming from the global distributor's Kids & Family offer. The deal grants HBO Max exclusive rights for both seasons of the award-winning, tween action-adventure series "Detention Adventure", which follows a motley crew of sixth graders who purposely get themselves thrown into detention after discovering the entrance to a labyrinth of tunnels, laden with traps and riddles, protecting a long lost secret. The platform has also picked up "Make It Big", make it small, an unscripted series that celebrates science and creativity with two curious kid hosts. 

“We’re pleased that these charming and imaginative kids and family series have found a home on such a premium platform as HBO Max,” says Ludo Dufour, SVP, International Co-Productions and Sales, Blue Ant International. “These sales highlight the demand for content that parents can trust during these challenging times, which reinforces Blue Ant International’s mission to offer our partners premium content that provides solutions to their audiences’ needs,” she added.

"Detention Adventure" (10 x 11’; LoCo Motion Pictures and Broken Compass Films), won the 2020 Kidscreen Award for Best Web/App Series-Original and nominated for two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards (Best Web Program or Series, Fiction; and Best Writing, Web Series or Program), the series follows three straight-A students, Raign (Simone Miller, Snapshots), Joy (Alina Prijono, Odd Squad) and Hulk (Jack Fulton, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments). The friends find an old textbook with clues to the location of the lost laboratory of Alexander Graham Bell beneath their school. But there’s a catch: the lab lays beyond a series of old tunnels, accessible only through the detention room, the one room they’ve always feared and avoided. The trio breaks the rules for the first time ever to gain access to the forbidden room where they are joined by their classmate, Brett (Tomaso Sanelli, Titans, Holly Hobbie), the school bully and detention regular. The four must overcome their differences and use science to navigate mysterious tunnels and open hidden passages in search of fame, fortune and friendship while trying to discover the fabled lost lab.

"MAKE IT BIG, make it small" (7 x 30’; HD or 14 x 11'; HD; Blue Ant Studios) explores big experiences that make kids go “wow!” In every episode, the series’ two nine-year-old kids tour an extraordinary attraction and get to see a behind-the-scenes look at the science involved in everything from bouncing monster trucks to the attraction of butterflies at a conservatory.  Each episode culminates in an art studio where a craft expert helps the kids create a fun DIY project that ties in their newly learned scientific theory. Creating the ultimate DIY project or craft takes on new meaning as kids are blown away by science and technology and are excited by understanding how things work.