MARBLEMEDIA ADAPTS INTERNATIONAL EMMY-AWARD WINNING TV SHOW WITH SPORTS CELEBRITIES TO INSPIRE NORTH AMERICA’S NEXT ALL-ROUND CHAMPION

TORONTO, CANADA (August 21, 2019) – marblemedia, an award-winning global media company, is pleased to announce the greenlight of its latest premium, unscripted kids and family series, All-Round Champion for TVO and Knowledge Network in Canada, and BYUtv in the US. The talent-packed series is set to air in early 2020.

All-Round Champion is an 11-episode, 60-minute series that features ten of North America’s most decorated young athletes who compete in the ultimate competition in sports like wakeboarding, gymnastics and skateboarding. The catch? They won’t be competing in their own sports; they’ll be competing in each other’s. Scored on skill, sportsmanship and improvement at the end of the series, one athlete will be crowned the All-Round Champion. Originally created by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, “Best i mest” saw huge success in Norway, winning an International Emmy Kids Award for Non-Scripted Entertainment, as well as a Prix Jeunesse. marblemedia was granted format rights to create a North American version from Beta Film.

Hosted by Olympian and World Champion Hurdler, Perdita Felicien, this innovative non-elimination serialized format also features a new ‘Sports Star’ in each episode including Laura Wilkinson, known for being one of the most resilient divers in history, Alicia Sacramone Quin, the second-most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history and Darin Shapiro is the first ever to land a Double-flip on a wakeboard. Each of the 10 Sports Stars will coach and encourage the participants to overcome challenges and conquer each of their fears attributed to the sport. They accomplish this through teaching the young athletes not only techniques, but also tips based on their experiences throughout their career.

“This series is not about sports as much as it is about passion, grit and character,” says Matt Hornburg of marblemedia. “We’ve assembled the absolute highest caliber of young athletes in North America from a range of sports and paired them with the world’s top professional athletes. We are setting out to both inspire and challenge them to not only be the best at each new sport, but also be the best towards each other.”

“All-Round Champion will show how sports competition and mentorship helps build resilient, upstanding young citizens,” says Marney Malabar, Director TVOkids. “We are thrilled to bring this inspiring series to the TVOkids audience.”

“The talent, ambition and stories behind the kids and professional athletes featured in ‘All-Round Champion’ will inspire viewers of all ages to keep reaching for their dreams no matter how long the odds,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “That’s what I call inspiring programming. Which is exactly what we at BYUtv want to provide for families to enjoy together.”

Producers for the series include Matt Hornburg, Mark Bishop and Steve Sloan of marblemedia, alongside Michael Dunn, Andra Johnson Duke, and Jim Bell from BYUtv, and Marney Malabar from TVO.

Blown Away Review in the New York Times

“Finally, a reality contest show about glass blowing. No, really — what took so long?”

 

Margaret Lyons of the New York Times reviewed Blown Away ahead of it’s global Netflix release on Friday. The full review can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/arts/television/how-much-watching-time-do-you-have.html

 

Architectural Digest published an article about Blown Away talking about the hot shop and both Sheridan College and the Corning Museum of Glass’ involvement with the series. The full article can be found here: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/netflix-reality-show-glassblowers-blown-away

 

Smithsonian.com talked to resident evaluator Katherine Gray as well as contestants Janusz Poźniak and Deborah Czeresko about the series and history of glass-making. The full article can be found here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/spectacle-and-drama-netflixs-new-glassblowing-show-will-shatter-your-expectations-180972632/

 

The Guardian posted a review of the series here: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/12/your-new-reality-tv-addiction-a-show-about-artisanal-glass-blowing

Blown Away Now Streaming Globally on Netflix

Leading global entertainment company, marblemedia, is excited to announce a new, ground-breaking TV competition series now streaming on Netflix!

 

Blown Away

In this innovative art competition series, a group of 10 highly skilled glassmakers from across North America will go head-to-head in an intense battle, fabricating beautiful works of art to be assessed by a panel of expert judges. In each of the 10x 30-minute episodes, contestants will be eliminated one-by-one until a final artist is crowned “Best in Blow”.

The winner will receive a prize package valued at $60,000 USD, which includes a week-long “Blown Away Residency” at The Corning Museum of Glass. From October 14-18, 2019, the show’s winner will participate in glassmaking demonstrations, open to the public in the Museum’s Amphitheater Hot Shop.

YouTube science influencer Nickpedia and former NBC’s America’s Got Talent contestant, Nick Uhas, hosts the series, alongside resident glass evaluator and overall glass master, Katherine Gray.

Blown Away was filmed in the largest glassblowing studio in North America, designed and built specifically for the scope and scale of the competition. The Craft and Design Glass Studio at Sheridan College in Toronto consulted on the studio design and provided gaffer assistants to the competitors in the first nine episodes.

The series was commissioned by Netflix (global) and Blue Ant Media (Canada). The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, served as a key consulting partner on the series, and took part in the finale.

 

BLOWN AWAY contestants include,

  • Deborah Czeresko – Veteran glass artist based in New York City
  • Kevin Kiff – California-based glass artist
  • Benjamin Kikkert – Vancouver-based glass artist
  • Leah Kudel – Canadian glass artist
  • Janusz Poźniak – British born, Seattle-based glass artist
  • Patrick Primeau – Canadian glass artist and glass studio operator
  • Alexander Rosenberg – Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and writer
  • Momoko “Momo” Schafer – Recent graduate of MassArt
  • Annette Sheppard – Former CMoG glass artist and current management consultant
  • Edgar Valentine – Tacoma-based glass artist

 

BLOWN AWAY

NOW STREAMING ON NETFLIX

 

FIND US ONLINE

 

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IMAGE CREDIT ABOVE:  From left to right: Alexander Rosenberg, Deborah Czeresko, Nick Uhas, Benjamin Kikket, Patrick Primeau, Leah Kudel, Kevin Kiff, Edgar Valentine, Janusz Poźniak, Katherine Gray, Annette Shepard, Momoko “Momo” Schafer. Credit: David Leyes, Courtesy of marblemedia.

 

 

Media contact

Charlene Coy

C2C Communications

charlene@c2ccommunications.com

MARBLEKIDS YOUTUBE CHANNEL CAVCO CERTIFIED FOR CANADIAN CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS   

TORONTO, February 25, 2019 – The marblemedia group, an award-winning global media company that develops, produces and distributes premium content worldwide, is open for new content partnerships for its CAVCO-certified YouTube channel, marblekids.

The CAVCO certification affords producers the ability to trigger tax credits and private funds for original Canadian productions, helping to fill a growing void in the local industry. marblekids aims to not only deliver premium, high-quality, Canadian content to global audiences, but to also actively bring more international programs to the channel through acquisitions and co-productions.

The marblekids channel streams content for kids 6-12 from Canadian and International producers. To see the marblekids channel, please visit www.youtube.com/marblekids

SVP International Diane Rankin will oversee content partnerships for the YouTube channel, in addition to her responsibilities managing sales & acquisitions for Distribution360.

For more information please contact Diane Rankin: diane@distribution360.com

marblemedia series Blown Away launches in Canada

First-Ever Glassblowing Competition Series premieres on Makeful February 20, 2019

Leading global entertainment producer marblemedia is thrilled to announce the launch of its anticipated unscripted series Blown Away, premiering February 20, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Blue Ant’s Makeful in Canada, and on Netflix later this year.

In this ground-breaking competition series, exceptional glass-blowers are invited into the largest hot shop in North America to push themselves to creative extremes. In each episode the glass-blowers must impress a panel of art experts or risk being eliminated.  At stake, a big cash prize and a life-changing career offer.

Hosted by YouTube star Nick Uhas, each episode features a guest expert who joins him to evaluate the various glass works produced by the contestants. World renowned glass artist Katherine Gray is also set to appear in each episode as the resident evaluator.

Additionally, Blown Away has received support from partner The Corning Museum of Glass, which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the library of record on glass, and one of the top glassmaking schools in the world. Also providing invaluable support is Sheridan College’s world-famous Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. Glass historian and author of the seminal scholarly account GLASS Virtual, Real, Koen Vanderstukken, is serving as consultant to the series.

Featuring the captivating process of blown glass, where competitors will feel more than the heat from their respective furnaces, Blown Away is a unique series focused on showcasing extraordinary artists working under extreme time constraints to create works that embody their artistic voice. Ron Carroll is Series Producer, Mike Bickerton, Series Director, Donna Luke is Supervising Producer. Collectively, the trio has produced hundreds of hours of award-winning content around the globe.

 

marblemedia Rolls out Redesign of Newly CAVCO-Certified AVOD Channel marblekids and Debuts its First Original Digital Series, Smashalot!

MIAMI, FLORIDA (February 11, 2019) – The marblemedia group, an award-winning global media company that develops, produces and distributes premium content worldwide, is thrilled to announce the all new CAVCO-certified YouTube channel, marblekids.

As the media landscape continues to evolve and expand, marblemedia is thrilled to be building its direct to consumer experience with marblekids on YouTube. The marblekids channel, which streams content for kids 6-12 from Canadian and International producers, was granted CAVCO certification making it one of only seven YouTube channels certified by CAVCO in Canada and the only channel dedicated exclusively to kids and family content. The new CAVCO certification affords marblemedia the ability to trigger tax credits and private funds for original Canadian productions, helping to fill a growing void in the local industry. marblekids aims to not only deliver premium, high-quality, Canadian content to global audiences, but to also actively bring more international programs to the channel through acquisitions and co-productions.

With the goal of further subscriber growth and greater discoverability, marblekids premieres a stylish redesign to showcase the brand and content in a fun, clickable and kid-relatable way.  A new strong, consistent programming strategy: featuring new streams of content every week will drive audience traffic and creates the opportunity to work with more creators within Canada and around the world.

Headlining the relaunch will be the release of marblemedia’s first original digital series, Smashalot!, 12 episodes of castle-crashing mayhem that joins the company’s iconic Splatalot! franchise. Smashalot! offers existing fans a fresh take on the classic franchise by pairing prominent YouTubers and past Splatalot! contestants with heavy machinery and the opportunity to completely obliterate the legendary castle that featured in the original TV show that continues to be broadcast in over 156 territories and in 9 languages, to date.

“With a changing media landscape, we’re always looking for new opportunities to bring great content to kid audiences and marblekids has quietly been building a strong subscriber base over the past couple of years.” says Mark Bishop, Co-CEO, marblemedia. “The CAVCO certification allows us opportunities to work in completely new ways with international partners, co-producers and investors , to incubate new ideas, and do things that may not fit on traditional broadcast. Our new digital series Smashalot! is a great example of that. We’re looking forward to connecting with Canadian audiences in a whole new way, with new premium, kids and family-friendly content.”

Working in collaboration with Director of Marketing, Kelsey Aikman, the marblemedia group’s, SVP International Diane Rankin will add oversight of the YT channel to her remit, in addition to her responsibilities managing sales & acquisitions for Distribution360.
For more on the marblekids rebrand, visit www.marblekids.com

marblemedia Honoured with a Canadian Screen Award Nomination 

TORONTO, February 7, 2019 – Announced earlier today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and television, marblemedia has received a nomination for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards in the category of Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Series for hit series Just Like Mom and Dad.

About Just Like Mom and Dad:

Shot before a live studio audience, Just Like Mom and Dad is a hilarious and fun-filled game show that celebrates and rewards families for how well they know each other.  Each episode features three teams of parent-kid pairs that are all trying to accumulate the most points after three rounds of family fun.

The first two rounds include asking and answering personal questions that puts the family dynamic to the test. A third round features the infamous “Bake Off” and “Taste Test” where the kids whip up a dish (with some surprise ingredients!) they hope their parents will love. The parents must taste these culinary creations and guess which dish was prepared by their child.  At the end of all three rounds, the team that has earned the most points gets to spin the Just Like Mom and Dad Prize Wheel!

Just Like Mom and Dad celebrates modern, diverse families and proves how much fun families can have together!

With new twists and surprise questions, Just Like Mom and Dad will be your new family-time favourite.

Tune in every Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. MT on YesTV (Canada), Saturdays at 8:0am and 8:30am EST CTV (Canada), and every Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. MT on BYUtv (USA) – you won’t want to miss it! 

 

About marblemedia

The marblemedia Group is a leading global media company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and digital content for audiences of all ages, across its portfolio of businesses: marblemedia, with divisions specializing in kids and family,  primetime scripted and premium unscripted programming, and interactive; rights management and monetization company Distribution360 and marblekids, a digital content streamer for kids and families that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.

Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at marblemedia.com.

Just Like Mom and Dad Premieres on CTV this January

TORONTO, CANADA (January 16, 2019)  – marblemedia, a global, award-winning production company committed to delivering premium content, is pleased to confirm that it’s hit family game show Just Like Mom and Dad will now also be available across Canada on CTV. Bell Media, which licensed the format rights to its original series to marblemedia, announced today the first season will air Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET beginning January 26, 2019 on CTV.

A remake of the Canadian family classic series Just Like Mom, which ran over 600 episodes over five seasons from 1980 to 1985 on CTV,  Just Like Mom and Dad is a newly re-imagined kids & family game show that brings back some of the most loved elements of the original series with a number of exciting new additions. Just Like Mom and Dad originally launched on YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the USA in October 2017, and continues to premiere new episodes weekly, hosted by husband and wife duo Kylee Evans and Sandy Jobin-Bevans.

“We’re very excited to confirm that Just Like Mom and Dad will be returning to where the series began,” says Mark Bishop, Co-CEO, marblemedia. “Originally produced at CTV’s Agincourt studios in Toronto, Just Like Mom and Dad was created to bring back fun, family moments and we’re looking forward to reaching new co-viewing audiences, including parents like me who remember watching the original series with their families on CTV.”

Each episode of Just Like Mom and Dad features three teams of parent-kid pairs that are all trying to accumulate the most points after three rounds of family fun.  The first two rounds include asking and answering personal questions that puts the family dynamic to the test. A third round features the infamous “Bake Off” and “Taste Test” where the kids whip up a dish (with some surprise ingredients!) they hope their parents will love. The parents must taste these culinary creations and guess which dish was prepared by their child, and the winners move on to spin the big prize wheel!
Just Like Mom and Dad is available to North American families anywhere, anytime with the newly launched Just Like Mom and Dad Google Home game. Based off the hilarious and fun-filled game show that celebrates and rewards families for how well they know each other, the Just Like Mom and Dad Google Home Action, “Ok Google, talk to Just Like Mom and Dad”, offers fans three play rounds of hands-free family fun that they can enjoy together, at home!

 

For further information

Emily Marshall

Associate Director, ChizComm Ltd (on behalf of marblemedia)

emarshall@chizcomm.com

(416) 551-0822

MARBLEMEDIA NAMES DONNA LUKE AS NEW VP OF PRODUCTION

TORONTO, CANADA (January 9, 2019) – marblemedia is pleased to announce that it has hired Donna Luke into a new role of Vice President, Production. A seasoned Producer and television executive, Donna brings international production experience and extensive financial and business management background. Her most recent credits include Supervising Producer on the ground breaking marblemedia Series Blown Away, to launch on Netflix and Makeful in Canada later this year.

Donna will be responsible for overseeing productions and business affairs for marblemedia and Distribution 360. Through increased co-productions and international partnerships, marblemedia plans to amplify its production in the year ahead and explore new content and revenue opportunities as media consumption habits continue to evolve.

“As marblemedia expands and increases its premium content offerings, it demands premium talent to execute.” said Mark Bishop, Co-CEO, marblemedia. “With our slate of new projects in development and production, Donna’s experience will lead growth for our production portfolio across all content areas.”

Before joining marblemedia, Donna has had an extensive Television production career Canada and the UK.  Donna served as the Supervising Producer and Line Producer on top rated shows including The Bachelorette Canada (W Network), Project Runway (Global), Gemini award-winning Canada’s Next Top Model (CityTV), and The Real Housewives of Toronto (Slice).  Prior to working in Canada, Donna was the driving force behind the success of BAFTA nominated Edwardian Country House. She also spent 8 years at BBC Television in management positions within news and current affairs, television features, drama series and BBC’s world renowned Natural history unit.  

marblemedia is committed to delivering premium content on a worldwide scale and will continue to bolster its footprint across all content areas, including kids, primetime scripted and unscripted.

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV, interactive and digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.  With divisions specializing in primetime scripted and unscripted programming complementing its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution360 and an interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering premium content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.

Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at marblemedia.com.

For further information:

Emily Marshall

Associate Director, ChizComm Ltd (on behalf of marblemedia)

emarshall@chizcomm.com

(416) 551-0822

 

MARBLEMEDIA EXPANDS INTO EMERGING PLATFORMS WITH GOOGLE HOME

TORONTO, CANADA (December 6, 2018) marblemedia, a global, award-winning production company focused on delivering premium and engaging content, brings family celebrations and bonding opportunities to fans around the world with the launch of the Just Like Mom and Dad voice command game created for Google Home.

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant that offers real-time voice command actions and capabilities to homes around the world. Family fun is only one sentence away with Just LIke Mom and Dad for Google Home, giving users access to three rounds of friendly competition through one simple voice activation: ‘Hey Google, talk to Just Like Mom and Dad’.

Based off the hilarious and fun-filled game show that celebrates and rewards families for how well they know each other, the Just Like Mom and Dad Google Home Action offers fans three play rounds of hands-free family fun that they can enjoy together, at home! This new addition supports marblemedia’s commitment to innovation and its ongoing strategy to develop more digital interactive content.

“We’re very proud and excited to be launching this new digital extension of the Just Like Mom and Dad brand,” says marblemedia Co-CEO, Mark Bishop. “Just Like Mom and Dad is about bringing families together, and this a new way for us to offer fun, family moments on new, emerging platforms such as Google Home.”

The Just Like Mom and Dad Google Home game, which offers three rounds of competition, including the Freeze Dance Challenge, Personality Quiz, and Trivia Round. At the end of the three rounds, a winner is declared and must face the final, skill-testing riddle. The winners get to ‘spin’ the prize wheel, which gives them the power to re-assign chores or ask for special treats! Tablet and smartphone users can also join in on the excitement with the Just Like Mom and Dad App, an on-the-go mobile destination for family fun!

Continuing to build on series momentum, Just Like Mom and Dad’s Christmas Bash is premiering, a one-hour Christmas special this season, full of holiday-themed questions, a seasonal Bake-Off and of course, presents! Hosted by Canadian actress Kylee Evans and her husband, nine-time Canadian comedy award winner/part-time toy deliverer “Sandy Claus” (Sandy Jobin-Bevans), the special features three amazing parent-kid teams competing in some serious holiday fun.

The Just Like Mom and Dad Holiday Special will premiere on December 10, 2018 at 6:00pm MT on BYUtv in the US and on December 22 at 8:00pm on YES TV in Canada.

For more information about the series, visit JustLikeMomAndDad.com.

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV, interactive and digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.  With divisions specializing in primetime scripted and unscripted programming complementing its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution360 and an interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering winning content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.

Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at marblemedia.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Emily Marshall

Associate Director, ChizComm Ltd (on behalf of marblemedia)

emarshall@chizcomm.com

416.551.0822