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Brojects: Built for the Weekend creates epic items for cottage owners

I’m not a very handy guy. Yeah, I can drill a hole in a wall to hang a picture, re-screen a porch door, patch small-ish holes and paint a room, but that’s pretty much it. So it’s been a ton of fun to watch and marvel at Kevin and Andrew Buckles as they create wild items for their cottage.

After two seasons of the original series Brojects—which saw the siblings making things like a combined dock/bowling alley—and then a season inside with Brojects: In the House as they souped up a former Masonic Lodge, the boys are back making outlandish items for their cottage neighbours.

Bowing Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cottage Life—the specialty channel is available in a free previewBrojects: Built for the Weekend hits the road for six instalments as the Buckles’ meet up with cottage owners, assess their needs and then build something cool. The challenge? To complete a project within a week … the time between visits by the property owners.

“We had definitely built as much stuff as we could at our family cottage,” Kevin says on the line from Nova Scotia. “But we had talked about it from the very beginning, being able to get out on the road and see cottages.” A Facebook post asked folks to audition their properties for consideration; Andrew says they picked interesting stories and locations that wouldn’t be too challenging for filming. It’s one thing to be in a large city with easy access to power, supplies and facilities. It’s another to be situated on a small lake, relying on generators, a shortage of electrical plugs and weather to contend with.

Rain and wind threatened to wreak havoc in Thursday’s debut as Kevin and Andrew worked to rebuild and trick out a family’s dilapidated deck. Not content to just update what was there, the Buckles’ formulate a unique way for everyone to swim without the threat of leeches, an easier way to load into a canoe, a place to create art and a fishing station. As fascinating as the projects are, what makes Brojects: Built for the Weekend (and their past series) such an entertaining program is the back and forth between Kevin and Andrew. Verbal jabs are the norm, making for a light-hearted and fun franchise. Kevin says the idea for Brojects came about with them sitting around at their own cottage, fixing and improving the endless things that go with it. A partnership with Blue Ant Media soon followed.

“I think the timing was perfect,” Andrew recalls. “I think Blue Ant Media was looking for some Canadian content for Cottage Life and we came on the scene doing DIY projects at our cottage.”

Upcoming episodes of Brojects: Built for the Weekend include a double-decker party raft, a micro A-frame glamping cabin, a floating playground and a boat-themed outdoor kitchen.

“The ideas just kind of evolve,” Kevin says of their inspiration. “I don’t look at something and say, ‘That’s going to have a fishing station on it.’ We did interviews with the families beforehand and asked them what they wanted. That was our guideline, but it just all comes together as it comes together.”

Brojects: Built for the Weekend airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cottage Life.

Images courtesy of Blue Ant Media.

 

 

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Cottage Life is all set for spring with new, original Canadian series

From a media release:

Just in time for the spring thaw, Cottage Life is giving more than nine million viewers across Canada an eight-week free preview, jam-packed with brand new original Canadian series that showcase weekend and lakefront living. Headlining the new lineup is Brojects: Built for the Weekend, the highly anticipated new installment in the Brojects franchise starring Andrew and Kevin Buckles, in which the brothers bring their playful construction projects to a different family’s cottage or cabin in each episode. The channel will also roll out two brand new original series, including Lake Docks & Decks, in which Canadian contractors Marshall Black and Simon Hirsh take viewers through the step-by-step process of designing and building truly impressive lakeside projects and Lakefront Luxury, a series that showcases a breathtaking crop of captivating waterfront properties that will air during the channel’s popular weekend real estate block.

As an added springtime bonus, Cottage Life fans in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton will have the chance to meet the Brojects themselves as well as the hosts of Lake Docks & Decks at upcoming Cottage Life consumer shows. Kevin and Andrew Buckles will be on hand for meet and greets at both the Spring Cottage Life Show in Toronto from March 22 to 25 and the Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show, which runs from April 20 to 22. Marshall Black and Simon Hirsh will give main stage presentations on their dock building triumphs and challenges at the Spring Cottage Life Show in Toronto as well as the Ottawa Cottage Life & Backyard Show taking place from April 13 to 15. For meet and greet times and additional information on the Cottage Life consumer shows, please visit shows.cottagelife.com.

Free Preview Premieres on Cottage Life

Vet on the Hill (Canadian Premiere, Season 3) premieres Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Back by popular demand, Australian vet Dr. Scott Miller gives viewers genuine insight into the highs and lows of life at a small town veterinary practice. Besides a steady stream of dogs and cats, Dr. Miller takes on everything from performing life saving surgery on a tiny hedgehog to diagnosing and treating a full-size cow.

ER Vets (Season 1) premieres Wednesday, March 7 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Narrated by renowned Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden, ER Vets combines the interpersonal stories of veterinarians who cope with life and death animal situations on a daily basis with compelling medical procedural footage.

Lake Docks & Decks (Cottage Life Original Series, World Premiere, Season 1) premieres Thursday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Veteran dock builders Marshall Black and Simon Hirsh elevate dilapidated waterfronts to the next level. From families looking to spend time at the lake to couples aspiring for a resort vibe, Marshall and Simon work with their clients to design their dream waterfronts. Each episode follows the step-by-step process from conception to construction to the final reveal of the waterfront oases.

Lakefront Luxury (Cottage Life Original Series, World Premiere, Season 1) premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
The ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind is stunning views, gorgeous waterfronts and serene sunsets. With unlimited budgets and endless wish lists, each episode takes you on a tour of three opulent properties along with potential buyers, as they weigh their options and ultimately decide which home is the one for them.

World’s Wildest Weather (Canadian Premiere, Season 1) premieres Monday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
From freak tornadoes to hailstones the size of footballs, this fast-paced, adrenaline-filled documentary series will chart some of the most extreme weather from around the world with first-hand, witness statements and personal footage, bringing viewers right into the panic and drama of being caught up in a storm. The series also uses jaw-dropping CGI to illustrate the science behind the storms.

The Supervet (Canadian Premiere, Season 4) premieres Wednesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Hard-to-cure pets receive cutting-edge care from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, aka the Bionic Vet, and his crack veterinary team. Each hour-long episode features some of the most complex veterinary challenges ever seen and captures the raw emotion, drama and joyfulness of Dr. Fitzpatrick and his staff as they find extraordinary and innovative solutions to save pets in dire conditions.

Brojects: Built for the Weekend (Cottage Life Original Series, Canadian Premiere) premieres Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. From a double-decker party boat to a floating playground to even a dock with a built-in swimming pool, Brojects brothers Kevin and Andrew are dreaming up and building everything needed for an epic weekend of fun. After years of designing one-of-a-kind projects at their own getaway retreat, they’re turning it up a notch by hitting the road and taking their cool and creative ideas to families in need of vacation property upgrades.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Canadian Premiere, Season 7) premieres Saturday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Back by popular demand, the beloved series follows architect and TV personality George Clarke as he shows how the most surprising and unexpected places can be transformed into tranquil spaces to escape from our hectic lives. This season also includes unique spaces George visited in Japan.

Cottage Life, a Blue Ant Media multi-platform brand, celebrating the people, activities and places that make leisure time special. Exclusive content covers real estate, food, DIY projects and much more.

 

 

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T+E’s Scariest Night of My Life recounts awful paranormal experiences

Our House Media first jumped onto my radar via Backroad Bounty, but they’ve stayed there thanks to three seasons of Paranormal Survivor and one of Haunted Case Files. Now the Canadian documentary series producers return with a third equally creepy series with Scariest Night of My Life.

Debuting Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on T+E, Scariest Night of My Life is exactly what it sounds like: ordinary people recount an awful night they’ve experienced. It all begins Friday with Gloria, who recalls the 2007 night she’ll never forget inside her first home. A happy moving day with her two children and husband went sour that evening when an odd vibe and cold temperature hinted something was amiss. It wasn’t until her daughter woke up to a figure knocking at her window that life for Gloria grew totally terrifying. With her husband gone to his night shift, Gloria and her kids bore the brunt of whatever was in their home, experiencing slamming kitchen cupboards, disembodied footsteps, odd reflections in a bathroom mirror and voiding black goo. Things get worse from there.

Presented with the witnesses narrating their tales, dramatic recreations packed with shadowy figures, giggling children, jagged fonts and otherworldly screams drive home the spookiness. Like Paranormal Survivor and Haunted Case Files before it, Scariest Night of My Life is terrifying. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, the people interviewed on Scariest Night believe something happened to them.

If you’re looking for a double-dose of scares, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on T+E marks the Season 2 return of Cream Productions’ Evil Encounters with more tales of personal accounts of paranormal experiences in the woods.

Happy Halloween!

Scariest Night of My Life airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on T+E.

Image courtesy of Blue Ant Media.

 

 

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Blue Ant Media launches new animation studio Look Mom! Productions

From a media release:

Blue Ant Media, an international content producer, distributor and channel operator, announced today the launch of its new animation studio, Look Mom! Productions. The Toronto-based unit produces compelling creator-driven animated content for kids (6-11), teens and adults (18-34) and is led by Creative Director, Joshua Bowen, who joined Blue Ant Media in 2013 to launch Bite on Mondo.

Look Mom! Productions is currently in active development on two new animated, action-comedy series for the kids 6-11 category: Toy Hunters (26×11) which follows two brothers who move to Smalls Hollow after their grandfather leaves their parents his mansion as an inheritance. After meeting Bob Munson, owner of Munson’s Toys and Collectibles and his daughter Kaylee, the boys learn that their eccentric grandfather led a secret life traveling the world hunting down haunted toys; and Cloudface (26×11) which is about a character who desperately wants to be a person with his dapper suits and desire to help others, but is more like a big kid with his fun-loving ways and short attention span. While fiercely loyal to his friends, he often forgets to honour commitments and will drop whatever he’s doing in the moment if something shinier catches his eye. Look Mom! Productions will be seeking co-production opportunities for these two series at MIPCOM 2017.

Blue Ant Media will be showcasing Look Mom! Productions content and more at MIPCOM 2017 at booth R8.D7.

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) and HGTV (New Zealand). Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.

 

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Blue Ant Media greenlights new original series for Makeful TV

From a media release:

Save the date! Blue Ant Media is starting production on Love By Lynzie (working title), a brand new series featuring the most beautiful, original and unexpected weddings viewers have ever seen for its lifestyle TV channel, Makeful. The 10 x 30-minute series follows the wedding planning business of Lynzie Kent, an indie event planner and stylist who steers clear of typical wedding-industry clichés and creates truly unique, bespoke celebrations that borrow from contemporary, real-world trends in fashion, art and decor.

Each episode will feature the execution of one amazing wedding in which Lynzie meets with a couple and then works with her team of talented and resourceful DIYers on a gamut of creative projects—such as creating mood boards, baking custom desserts, building on-site installations or crafting floral garlands—to set the stage. Finally, the wedding day will reveal how all the elements of the stunning event have come together and offer a touching glimpse of the couple’s surprise and delight as they take in an unforgettable celebration, reflective of their own love story.

Love By Lynzie is set to air on the Makeful channel in Spring 2018. The series is executive produced by Sam Linton, Vice President of Original Content, Blue Ant Media.

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