Blue Ant Media Greenlights Life Below Zero: Canada

February 11, 2019

Canadian version of the hit Cottage Life series begins production with Saloon Media, in partnership with BBC Studios


Toronto, Canada (February 11, 2019) – Blue Ant Media, an international producer, distributor and channel operator, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with BBC Studios to be the first to license the series format rights for the international hit Life Below Zero. In the US, the series recently celebrated its 100th episode on the National Geographic Channel, being one the most-watched programs, where it takes up the largest portion of the channel’s programming lineup. BBC Studios' production arm in Los Angeles first launched the series in 2013.


Blue Ant Media’s newly acquired Saloon Media is starting production this month on Life Below Zero: Canada (8 x 60 minutes). The new documentary series is being shot on location in Canada with a focus on Canadian people and stories and is set to air on Cottage Life in 2020. A special 30-minute, sneak peek documentary episode will premiere on the channel this April.

Life Below Zero has been a must-watch series for Canadian viewers on Cottage Life and now we’re going to be able to give our audiences a localized version of content they love,” said Sam Linton, Head of Original Content, Blue Ant Media. “Saloon Media’s track record of award-winning production on factual series makes them a perfect fit for this series.”


“Our relationship with Blue Ant Media, which started with the launch of the BBC Earth Channel in 2016, continues to grow with our first format deal of Life Below Zero – the powerful original series that has been a phenomenal hit in the US and in Canada,” said Michael L. Smith, SVP, TV Sales, Co-Productions & Digital Distribution, BBC Studios – Americas. “I look forward to seeing the success of the show in Canada.”

“We’re excited to be involved with a series franchise as renowned and compelling as Life Below Zero,” said Michael Kot, Managing Director, Saloon Media. “Marrying a hit concept with never-before-seen Canadian stories of grit and survival is a great project.”


Based on BBC’s successful format, Life Below Zero: Canada is an observational documentary series about people who live off the grid in remote regions of northern Canada. The series follows a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, including First Nations, giving viewers an unfiltered glimpse into their rugged day-to-day activities that range from makeshift problem solving to traditional survival practices. From long, dark, frozen winters, to sweltering, bug-infested summers, these Canadians grapple with deadly weather and limited resources to find food, water, and shelter.


Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. From our production houses around the world, we create content for multiple genres including factual, factual entertainment, short-form digital series and kids programming. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 3,000+ hours of content, including the largest 4K natural history offering on the market. Blue Ant Media’s international channel business offers a portfolio of media brands such as Love Nature (International), ZooMoo Networks (International), Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), Blue Ant Entertainment (International), Blue Ant Extreme (International) and HGTV (New Zealand). Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Washington, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.

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