Boat Rocker Media

Last updated
Boat Rocker Media Inc.
Type Public (since 2021)
Private (2016–2021)
TSX:  BRMI
IndustryMedia and entertainment
Founded2016;6 years ago (2016)
Founder
  • David Fortier (Co-Executive Chairman)
  • Ivan Schneeberg (Co-Executive Chairman)
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Key people
John Young (CEO)
Parent Fairfax Financial (majority owner)
Divisions Boat Rocker Studios
Subsidiaries
Website www.boatrocker.com

Boat Rocker Media is a Canadian entertainment company, based in Toronto, Ontario. The company owns Boat Rocker Studios, which incorporates Temple Street Productions. Its majority shareholder is Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Boat Rocker Media is led by co-executive chairs David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg and CEO John Young. [1]

Contents

Boat Rocker produces and distributes a wide range of scripted and unscripted television shows, animation and family content, such as Invasion , [2] [3] American Rust , [2] Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, [4] Orphan Black , [2] and Dino Ranch . [2]

Boat Rocker owns other entertainment properties, including Jam Filled Entertainment, Insight Productions, Matador Content [5] Platform One Media, [6] and Shoe Ink, and does talent management [7] and venture investing. [8]

History

Boat Rocker was established in 2003 by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier. [4] [9] Its largest division, Boat Rocker Studios, encompasses Temple Street Productions, which was acquired by Schneeberg and Fortier in 2006. [10] [11] The company's other divisions were: Boat Rocker Animation, Boat Rocker Ventures, and Boat Rocker Rights. [10]

Boat Rocker Rights' first outside distribution deal was with the pick-up of international rights to Rotfield Productions' Xploration Station block programs in late February 2016. [12] Then in June 2016, the unit acquired Mountain Road Productions library distribution rights plus a first look deal with the company. [13]

In 2016, Boat Rocker Media purchased Radical Sheep Productions, which continued operating as Boat Rocker's family and children's media unit, [14] In early August 2016, Boat Rocker purchased Jam Filled Entertainment, which was to continuing operating with current management and name. [15] Boat Rocker through Jam Filled purchased Arc Productions' main assets on August 22, 2016, and reopened Arc's Toronto office. [16]

In January 2018, Boat Rocker acquired Fremantle's Kids and Family Entertainment division, which includes the children's programming library of Thames Television. [17]

In November 2018, Boat Rocker acquired Matador Content, producers of the Paramount Network show Lip Sync Battle and its spinoff Lip Sync Battle Shorties on sister network Nickelodeon. [18]

In March 2019, Boat Rocker invested in Untitled Entertainment, a talent management and production company. [7] It has also made investments in Realm Media, [19] the Toronto Arrows, [20] CAA Creative Labs, [21] and MarcoPolo Learning. [22]

In September 2019, Boat Rocker acquired Platform One Media, a Los Angeles-based television production and sales company operated by television producer Katie O’Connell Marsh, whose credits include Hannibal and Narcos . (Marsh stayed on after the acquisition.) [19] [23]

In December 2020, Temple Street was incorporated into Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted. [24]

Boat Rocker signed first-look deals with Lena Headey’s Peephole Productions [25] and Dakota Johnson’s TeaTime Pictures. [26] In March 2021, it partnered with television executive Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh to create Maven, which focuses on female-led stories. [27] [28]

Most recently, on December 20, 2021, Boat Rocker had bought out a minority stake in the TeaTime Pictures production company. [29]

Units

Filmography

Animation

RunTitleCo-production withClientNotesRef.
2015–19 Danger Mouse Boulder Media Limited, CBBC Production, and Windmill Lane Studios CBBC Production services in 2018
Distribution services in 2018-19
2016–17 Fangbone! Radical Sheep Productions and DHX Media Family Chrgd
The Bagel and Becky Show Radical Sheep Productions and Jam Filled Entertainment Teletoon+ [15]
2016–19 Dot. Industrial Brothers and The Jim Henson Company CBC Kids
2016–present The Loud House Nickelodeon Animation Studios and Jam Filled Entertainment Nickelodeon Animation services [15]
2017–present Ollie! The Boy Who Became What He Ate Radical Sheep Productions CBC Kids
2017–20 Top Wing Industrial Brothers and 9 Story Media Group Treehouse TV
2018–present Bitz & Bob BBC Children's Productions and Boat Rocker Rights CBeebies
2019–20 Kingdom Force Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios CBC Kids
2020–present Love Monster BBC Children's Productions and Boat Rocker Studios CBeebies
2020–present Remy & Boo Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios Universal Kids
2020–present Elinor Wonders Why Pipeline Studios and Shoe Ink PBS Kids
2021–present Dino Ranch Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios Disney Junior [35]
2021–present A Tale Dark & Grimm Netflix Animation, Novo Media Group, and Astro-Nomical Entertainment Netflix Animation services by Jam Filled Entertainment [36]
2022Daniel SpellboundIndustrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios Netflix In production
Merchandise distribution services
[37]

Television

RunTitleCo-production withClientNotesRef.
2011–present Top Chef Canada Insight Productions Food Network Canada
2013–present Amazing Race Canada Insight Productions, Bell Media CTV
2013–present Big Brother Canada Insight Productions Global
2013–present The Next Step Family Channel
2014–present MasterChef Canada Proper Television CTV
2015–present Lip Sync Battle Matador Content
Eight Million Plus
Sunday Night
Four Eyes Entertainment
Casey Patterson Entertainment
Paramount Network [38]
2015–2019 Killjoys Temple Street Productions, Mendacity Pictures and Universal Cable Productions CTV Sci-Fi Channel
2017 Boy Band Matador Content ABC
2017–present The Great Canadian Baking Show Proper Television CBC
What Would Diplo Do? Matador Content Viceland
2019 Cavendish Temple Street Productions, Holdfast Pictures, Bridge Burner Entertainment and Somebody Stop Productions CBC
2019–2020 Mary's Kitchen Crush Proper Television CTV
2020 The Impossible Row Matador Content Discovery Channel Documentary
2020–present Dear... Matador Content Apple TV+
2020–present Junior Chef Showdown Proper Television Food Network Canada [39]
2021 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry Matador Content Apple TV+
2021–present American Rust Showtime [40] [41]
2021–present Go-Big Show Matador Content TBS
2021–present Invasion Apple TV+ [2]
Beacon 23 Spectrum, AMC [42]
Kids Tonight Show Broadway Video
Electric Hot Dog
Matador Content
Peacock [43]

Upcoming

TitleCo-production withClientNotesRef.
Mating Season Matador Content Discovery Channel [44]
Who Wants to Be an Astronaut? Matador Content Discovery Channel [45] [46]
LOL: Last One Laughing Canada Insight Productions Prime Video [47]
Scary Stories for Young FoxesPeephole Productions [48]

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