marblemedia  appoints Mike Armitage to new factual development role

Development team expanded and refocused to drive unscripted growth

Toronto (January 27, 2021)marblemedia, the award-winning Canadian production company, has expanded its unscripted development team with the appointment of seasoned exec Mike Armitage as its new development producer, factual & factual entertainment. As the company doubles-down on unscripted, existing exec Kelsey Espensen sees her role expanded to become development producer, unscripted entertainment & formats.  

Armitage joins from Masterchef Canada and Great Canadian Baking Show prodco Proper Television, where he was director of development responsible for conceiving and creating series such Tougher Than it Looks and Last Stop Garage – both for Discovery – and Under New Management for CBC. He has also worked for Banger and Antica Productions and spent many years at CBC where, from 2006 to 2013, he helped to develop and produce Dragon’s Den, turning it into one of Canada’s most-watched and longest-running shows. While at CBC, Mike also produced Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister and was showrunner on The Big Decision. 

Mike is tasked with finding dynamic talent and creating character-led, long-running, returnable factual series to feed marblemedia’s growing production pipeline. He will be working closely with Diane Rankin, executive producer and SVP at sister rights management company Distribution360, to ensure that new projects are developed with an eye toward global buyers’ needs, as well as to address new demand from a wide range of partners in the international marketplace.   Armitage reports to co-CEO Matt Hornburg and Diane Rankin. 

Kelsey Espensenled creative development on the sand sculpture series Race Against the Tide for CBC and has a number of original competition series currently in development with broadcasters, sees her remit expanded to drive unscripted entertainment content and formats. Reporting directly to co-CEO and co-founder Matt Hornburg, she is tasked with creating original IP in the competition space and with sourcing global formats for marblemedia to acquire for production 

Bringing Mike on board and expanding Kelsey’s role are critical steps in the execution of marblemedia’s long-term unscripted strategy. The company saw the second season of its hit Netflix Original Blown Away launch worldwide on January 22ndits version of sports competition format All Round Champion recently completed production on its third season and the sand sculpting format Race Against the Tide will have a launch date confirmed shortly.  

“Mike Armitage is a tremendous talent and well-respected development executive with a successful track record for delivering original productions from concept to the screen. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team,” said Matt Hornburg co-CEO at marblemedia. “Expanding our unscripted development team into two distinct areas of original production will serve the needs of our global buyers and further fuel the growth and scalability of our business. 

Mike Armitage adds: “I’ve followed marblemedia’s evolution in recent years and have been impressed with its increasingly strong factual output. Matt and the team are ambitious, with a clear vision, so it’s an exciting time to join the companyboth in terms of output and creative reputation. It’s also a tremendous benefit for an independent producer to have such an experienced international executive within the business. I am really looking forward to working closely with Diane in a bid to create some new worldwide factual hits.” 


About marblemedia 

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across all media platforms. 

Trailblazers known for creating entertainment for the whole family through an informative, entertaining and optimistic lens, the company stands on its merits for showcasing diverse and inclusive storytelling. In 2020, marblemedia received several industry accolades including being named a Realscreen Global 100 company and accepted the Canadian Screen Award for Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program for Just Like Mom and Dad.   

Recent hits include the award-winning Netflix Original competition series Blown Away, critically-acclaimed Netflix Original travelogue series Restaurants on the Edge; YesTV, Family Channel and BYUtv’s2020 award-winning family gameshow Just Like Mom and Dad; scripted teen series Open Heart, co-produced with Epitome Pictures and Nickelodeon; and the high-octane competition series All-Round Champion based on the International Emmy® KidsAward-winning format.marblemedia is also in production on two innovative, interconnectedfamily sitcoms for BYUtvThe Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker. 

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

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marblemedia starts production on two new family sitcoms, The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker

Two interconnected shows, one blended family

Anthony Q. Farrell is showrunner for both series First slate of cast is announced


Toronto (October 13, 2020) - Award-winning media production and distribution company, marblemedia, in association with award-winning creator Beachwood Canyon Productions, announces today production is set to begin later this month in Toronto on series, The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker (20 eps x 30 mins), two brand-new scripted family single camera sitcoms that follows the life of one bi-racial family, blended by marriage.

In this completely new and innovative concept, the series will enhance traditional TV storytelling by creating two stand-alone comedy series, The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, each with their own storylines and episodes, while still connected by larger overarching plotlines tying the two independent series together. The Parker Andersons follows the warmly comedic antics of a newly blended family, while Amelia Parker centers around the quietest member of the family, a tween girl navigating the world around her.

The Parker Andersons follows Tony Parker, a British widower and father of two (Nathan and Amelia), who moves to North America where he meets and marries Cleo Anderson, the mother of two kids (Victoria and Charlie). All together, they quickly discover that sometimes being ‘blended’ feels a lot like being in a blender.

Amelia Parker centers around the quietest member of the Parker Anderson family, a tween girl who is coming into her own. After her mother died, Amelia became selectively mute, figuring that before she participates in the world again, she better figure some things out. In confessionals, we see that Amelia is actually an opinionated, vivacious girl, who openly explains her hopes, anxieties and fears in virtual conversations with her deceased mom.

Anthony Q. Farrell takes over as Showrunner for both series. Farrell has written for NBC’s The Office, CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans and has developed TV series for CBS Studios, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network amongst others. He is the creator of Secret Life of Boys, the BAFTA-winning CBBC series, which is in its fifth season. Anthony joins the series bringing unparalleled talent, humour and leadership to really form the true essence of both shows.  He has assembled a richly talented and diverse team of writers and directors to assist him in ensuring that the stories for both shows are not only entertaining, but also authentic. Leading by example through collaboration and providing opportunity for the next generation, Anthony Q. Farrell is reimagining show running for the next wave.

“We could not be more excited to work with Anthony Q. Farrell as he leads his diverse team of writers, actors and directors to create these new shows. Both productions will showcase the real emotions and experiences that come with honest representation of blended families. We cannot wait to share these hilarious and heartwarming series with audiences around the world” shares Mark Bishop, Executive Producer and co-CEO of marblemedia. “We’re extremely grateful to Frank van Keeken for creating a beautiful concept and story world for both of these new shows.”

“This series has incredible potential. And with my awesome team of writers– Jay Vaidya, Amanda Joy, Murry Peeters, Ian Steaman and Sadiya Durrani, we are hoping to unlock as much of it as possible. We’re having tons of fun in the room tackling topics that we rarely see on television,” said Anthony Q. Farrell, Showrunner & Executive Producer.

“I am thrilled that Anthony Q. Farrell is leading our team as the showrunner for The Parker-Andersons and Amelia Parker,”adds Executive Producer and Series Creator Frank van Keeken.

The series has been commissioned by BYUtv in the US to debut in 2021 as part of their focus on inspiring family programming and will launch in Canada later in 2021, with a Canadian broadcaster to be announced soon.

The Parker-Andersons and Amelia Parker will star Arnold Pinnock as Tony Parker (Cardinal, Coroner, Baroness Von Sketch), Kate Hewlett as Cleo Anderson (The Stanley Dynamic, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Girlfriend Experience), Millie Davis as Amelia Parker(Odd Squad, Dino Dana, Orphan Black), Agape Mngomezulu as Nathan Parker (Best Intentions, The Twilight Zone, Supernatural), Devin Cecchetto as Victoria Anderson (Ginny & Georgia, The Craft), Charlie Zeltzeras Charlie Anderson (The Handmaid’s Tale, Anne with an E), Sandy Jobin-Bevans as Roger Anderson (Designated Survivor,Just Like Mom and Dad, Good Witch, Baroness Von Sketch Show) and Akiel Julien as Nick Parker (Utopia Falls, The Boys, What We Do in the Shadows). Additional cast members will be announced in the coming weeks.

Executive Producers for the series include Mark J.W. Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy, and Co-Executive Producer Donna Luke (marblemedia); Executive Producers Frank van Keeken and Yolanda Yott (Beachwood Canyon); Executive Producer and Showrunner Anthony Q. Farrell and Producer Jim Corston; Executive Producers for BYUtv Michael Dunn, Andra Johnson Duke, Melissa Puente and Jim Bell.

Anthony Q. Farrell is represented by Sheree Guitar at Sheree Guitar Entertainment, David Ritchie at Ambition Talent, Inc. and Jonathan Shikora at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman, Clark.

About marblemedia

marblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across all media platforms.

A trailblazer known for creating entertainment for the whole family through an informative, entertaining and optimistic lens, the company stands on their merits for showcasing diverse and inclusive storytelling. With such recent hits as the award-winning competition Netflix Original series Blown Away, critically-acclaimed travelogue Netflix Original series Restaurants on the Edge; YesTV, Family Channel and BYUtv’s award-winning family gameshow Just Like Mom and Dad; scripted teen series Open Heart, co-produced with Epitome Pictures and Nickelodeon; and the high-octane competition series All-Round Champion based on the International Emmy® KidsAward-winning format.

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, London and L.A., with a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at


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CBC Premieres Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, Featuring the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, On October 9

September 29, 2020, Kleinburg, ON – The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is proud to be featured in the upcoming, nationwide CBC broadcast of the four-part television series Landscape Artist of the Year Canadapremiering on CBC TV and CBC Gem Friday, October 9 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT). Produced by marblemedia, the series brings together professional and amateur artists from across the country as contestants in an unscripted artistic challenge. Hosted by Canadian broadcast veteran Sook-Yin Lee, the grand prize includes the opportunity for the winner to have their artwork on view at the McMichael on a historic easel belonging to both Tom Thomson and A. Y. Jackson following the finale. Episodes also feature McMichael Executive Director Ian Dejardin discussing the history of landscape painting in Canada. The series originally made its worldwide premiere in February 2020 on Makeful, which will also be airing an encore presentation of the series. Landscape Artist of the Year Canada is modelled on the original UK format by Storyvault Films for Sky Arts, distributed by Banijay Rights.

Landscape Artist of the Year Canada on CBC also coincides with the McMichael celebration of the centenary year of the Group of Seven’s first exhibition with “A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100, a landmark installation of more than 280 artworks by every member of the Group.


Landscape Artist of the Year Canada premieres on Friday, October 9 at 9:00 pm (9:30 NT)  on CBC TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service, with a new episode debuting weekly each Friday night. The series finale will air on October 30at 9:00 pm (9:30 p.m. NT).


Landscape Artist of the Year Canada is a four-episode series challenging Canadian artists to compete for the coveted title of Landscape Artist of the Year Canada. Each week features breathtaking and iconic Canadian landscapes serving as both backdrop and inspiration for the artists competing to win a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have their artwork on view at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home to the art of Canada. Landscape Artist of the Year Canada is produced by marblemedia.


Landscape Artist of the Year Canada will be available weekly on CBC TV and CBC Gem. The winning artwork will be on view in the historic Founders’ Lounge at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Makeful will also air an encore presentation of Landscape Artist of the Year Canada on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT beginning October 11.


About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,500 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit


About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.


About marblemedia

marblemedia is an independent, leading global entertainment company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It develops, produces, and distributes compelling primetime scripted, unscripted, kids and family content both for the domestic market and for a wide range of high-profile platforms and broadcasters around the world.

Recent hits for the production company include the award-winning competition Netflix series Blown Away, critically-acclaimed travelogue Netflix series Restaurants on the Edge; YesTV, Family Channel and BYUtv’s award-winning family gameshow Just Like Mom and Dad; and the high-octane competition series All-Round Champion based on the International Emmy® Kids Award-winning format.

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, with a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at

marblemedia expands to LA by hiring AJ Trauth in new VP Kids role; Also expands role of marble VP Scripted, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy

TORONTO/LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2020)

marblemedia is pleased to announce the appointment of AJ Trauth who has come onboard into a newly created role as Vice President of Kids to support the growth of the company’s scripted division. Based in Los Angeles, AJ brings over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry as both on-screen talent and an off-screen creative. Best known to many as ‘Alan Twitty’ on the hit Disney series Even Stevens and the CW’s Pepper Dennis, AJ parlayed his career into an independent producer developing and growing a slate of scripted series in the kids and family space with focus on telling diverse stories that resonate with young audiences, including The Fourth Stall with Walden Media.

In his new role, Trauth will help identify and develop kids scripted projects for marblemedia that have dynamic characters, are rich in story and bold in execution. Building on the company’s strong history of creating compelling content for kids and family audiences worldwide, as the VP, Kids, Trauth will continue to push boundaries by developing original stories with unique perspectives for global audiences and identify opportunities through assembling great IP with top showrunners, writers and on-screen talent. Trauth will report directly to co-CEO Mark Bishop.

“As our company and production slate continues to grow, it’s important to bring on seasoned executives like AJ Trauth who hold years of experience discovering the next generation of storytellers with first-hand experience as a child Disney actor himself. He possesses a vision of what the future may bring”, said Mark Bishop, co-CEO marblemedia. “Having AJ in LA reaffirms our scripted growth strategy in working directly with streamers and US Buyers and developing content to produce from marble’s Toronto based production hub.”

Earlier this year, marblemedia announced its commitment to bolstering the scripted department. In addition to Trauth’s new appointment, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy’s role as Vice President Scripted is expanding. Adding to her creative development responsibilities, she will be an Executive Producer across all current scripted programming for the company. The scripted team also welcomes Sam Schleifer as Scripted Development Executive. Prior to joining marble, Schleifer worked on The Good Doctor and Deadpool. Schleifer reports to Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy.

With a view on evolving media consumption habits and the impact of technology on media, marblemedia continues to expand across all areas of the business to meet the demands of audiences and the need for a diverse slate of offerings across all platforms.

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


Contact Info:
Kelsey Aikman
Director of Marketing & Communications, marblemedia

marblemedia in production on unscripted competition series RACE AGAINST THE TIDE

(August, 12, 2020)

marblemedia, leading global entertainment producers of numerous award-winning TV series such as Netflix’s “Blown Away” and “Restaurants on the Edge” announces today that production is now underway on location in New Brunswick on a new CBC original Canadian competition series, RACE AGAINST THE TIDE (10×30), hosted by actor and comedian Shaun Majumder. The first of its kind, the show is slated for broadcast in Canada on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service in 2021.

The half-hour competition series features 10 teams of two world class, highly skilled sand sculptors competing to create extraordinary works of art made entirely out of sand while avoiding elimination. Not only are these best-in-show duos competing against each other, they are competing against Mother Nature’s unstoppable ticking clock and the world’s highest tide at New Brunswick’s iconic and beautiful Bay of Fundy. The stakes have never been higher in the world of sand sculpting as the competitors’ creations – no matter how impressive – are all destined to be washed away the same day by the tide.

In the end, only one team whose skill, creativity and tenacity leaves a lasting impression will be crowned the RACE AGAINST THE TIDE “Champions.”

“We are thrilled to have RACE AGAINST THE TIDE – a premier sand sculpting competition TV series – underway, expanding the marblemedia slate of content that will appeal to worldwide audiences of all ages” said Matt Hornburg, executive producer and co-founder of marblemedia. “We have brought the best in class from around the world to create more twists on the ever-fascinating spectacle of sand sculpting. As the highest tide in the world, we couldn’t think of a better place to produce this series than the Bay of Fundy.”

RACE AGAINST THE TIDE is executive produced by Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop of marblemedia; series producer and writer is Carly Spencer and Donna Luke of marblemedia serves as Co-Executive Producer. Produced with the participation of the Province of New Brunswick and Co-produced with Hemmings House. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; Alexandra Lane is Senior Director of Production; and Ann-Marie Redmond is Executive in Charge of Production.

Media contacts:

C2C Communications
Charlene Coy

Kelsey Aikman
Director of Marketing & Communications

marblemedia wins two Canadian Screen Awards

MAY 27, 2020 (TORONTO, ON)  Announced last night by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, marblemedia production teams took home two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards.

  • Winner – Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program for the hit series Just Like Mom and Dad
  • Winner – Best Direction Reality or Competition series – Mike Bickerton, for the hit series Blown Away

marblemedia was recognized with four additional Canadian Screen Award nominations this year;

  • Nominated – Best Reality or Competition Series – Blown Away
  • Nominated – Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program – Super Mighty Makers
  • Nominated – Best Production Design or Art Direction, Non-Scripted – Blown Away
  • Nominated – Best Host or Presenter, Factual or Reality/Competition – Just Like Mom and Dad

Congratulations to all the 2020 Canadian Screen Award winners and nominees.

For more Just Like Mom and Dad click here

For more about Blown Away click here