22 NOV 2023

Blue Ant Media unveils new leadership after marblemedia's acquisition

Matthew Hornburg to lead Blue Ant Media's Unscripted Development team, while Mark Bishop to manage the Scripted Development department.

22 NOV 2023

Mark Bishop and Matthew Hornburg

  • Facebook
  • X
  • Linkedin
  • Whatsapp

Blue Ant Media unveiled new leadership across the company’s yet-to-be named studio and rights business, led by Co-Presidents, Mark Bishop and Matthew Hornburg. News of the company’s studio and rights leadership team arrives after Blue Ant Media’s recent acquisition of marblemedia, which saw the two companies announcing intent to merge their collective production and distribution operations into one super-charged studio business.

"In an era where creativity meets excellence, we proudly unveil Blue Ant Media’s dynamic new studio and rights executive team—a visionary ensemble dedicated to crafting compelling narratives for global partners and pushing creative boundaries. Together, they bring a tapestry of expertise, innovation and passion, poised to elevate our super-charged studio to unprecedented heights,” said Mark Bishop and Matthew Hornburg, Co-Presidents, Blue Ant Studios.

Led by Matthew Hornburg, Blue Ant Media's Unscripted Development team is spearheaded by a cadre of accomplished production leaders. Jennifer Harkness ("Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies"), has taken the development reins of Factual Entertainment from the studio's LA office. Meanwhile from the Toronto office, Kelsey Espensen ("Best in Miniature") leads development for Unscripted Entertainment and Steve Gamester ("Inside the Statue Wars"), leads Specialist Factual Development.

The studio’s accomplished Scripted Development team is under the leadership of Mark Bishop. Leading Scripted Drama & Comedy is Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy ("Davey & Jonesie’s Locker") who will be focused on Scripted Production; and Melissa Williamson ("Sitting Pretty") who oversees Scripted Development. Together, they will collaborate on shaping the studio’s primetime scripted slate. Additionally, AJ Trauth ("Armadillo Avalanche") leads the expanded Kids, Family and Young Adult division, based in the studio’s LA office. Josh Bowen ("Doomlands") will lead the business’ animation studio in Toronto and its planned expansion.

At the helm of the Production and Post Production group is Donna Luke, who will work alongside the Co-Presidents in producing the company’s slate. Paul Kilback ("Northwood Survival") will continue to oversee Factual Series, working closely with Donna and Matthew Hornburg. Aileen Gardner "(I Have Nothing") will lead and support production for Unscripted, Specialist Factual and Factual Entertainment. Stefanie Haist ("Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe") will lead and support Unscripted Entertainment productions.

Operating from the London office, Diane Rankin is leading commercial strategy and content financing for the studio’s distribution and production business, working closely with the company’s Development teams in all genres alongside Ben Barrett, who oversees content financing and partnerships for the unscripted genre.

Bryan Gabourie and Gerbrig Blanksma will lead all sales activities from originals, pre-sales, content licensing, co-productions and strategic partnerships in the Americas and EMEA, respectively. Lilla Hurst will continue to lead the distribution team’s global acquisitions and content strategy from the UK office.

Blue Ant Media’s head of international sales remains an open role in the recently merged studio structure and will be announced in 2024. The key position, overseeing the global sales team, will be responsible for maximizing revenue from Blue Ant Media’s global catalogue of premium content across unscripted, scripted, natural history, kids & family and animation content and sales activities across all rights and platforms and working with internal stakeholders on ongoing corporate distribution strategy.