Latest NewsBlue Ant Media ups execs as it boosts commissioning capacity

Blue Ant Media ups execs as it boosts commissioning capacity

Blue Ant Media has promoted several executives as the producer, distributor and channel operator boosts its commissioning capacity following a year of significant growth in the FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming TV) space.

In addition to expanding the reach of its Love Nature channel across 12 FAST platforms in the U.S., Blue Ant also launched the HauntTV, Homeful, Total Crime and HistoryTime FAST channels.

Love Nature Global General Manager Carlyn Staudt moves into an expanded role as General Manager, Love Nature and Head of Commissioning, Global Media. In the newly-created position, she’ll continue to head up the wildlife and nature brand’s strategic direction and operations globally, while now overseeing all commissioning for Blue Ant Media’s free-streaming and linear channels in the U.S., Canada and internationally. Staudt is tasked with developing and envisioning new content slates for each of those brands, in addition to identifying co-production opportunities. She’ll continue to work from Blue Ant’s Washington, DC office, reporting to Jamie Schouela, President, Global Channels and Media.

Julie Chang

Julie Chang has been promoted to EVP, Business Strategy and Co-productions, Global Media, overseeing commercial deal negotiation and strategic co-production opportunities for Global Media’s original content slate. She’ll also oversee all business-related operations supporting the editorial commissioning process, including production management. Sam Linton moves up to VP, Production and Development, Global Media, serving as the main point of contact for production companies developing and producing content for Blue Ant brands and networks. Alison Barrat will continue in her role as SVP, Production and Development, Love Nature. All three will report to Staudt.

James Manfull

James Manfull has been promoted to Commissioning Editor, Love Nature, responsible for growing the brand’s pipeline of original series and documentaries. He’ll continue to report to Barrat. Katie Bauer Murdock also joins Love Nature as Executive Producer. She previously held various production roles at National Geographic.

“As we grow Blue Ant Media’s channel footprint around the world, scaling our original content line-up is critical to ensure we’re delivering brands that are that are both unique and internationally relevant,” said Jamie Schouela, President, Global Media, in a company announcement. “Our expanded global commissioning team will focus on creating original series and docs across our key content categories while working with co-production partners to meet their needs.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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