Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media company, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with A+E Networks to produce the format of the critically acclaimed series, Hoarders, marking the first-ever format commission for the series outside the USA. Under the title Hoarders: Canada, the series has been greenlit by Blue Ant Media for its Canadian programming slate. Hoarders: Canada follows a team of experts as they tackle some of Canada’s most challenging hoards, giving viewers an in-depth look at the emotional stories of those dealing with compulsive hoarding behaviours. Produced by the award-winning Saloon Media, nationwide casting for Hoarders: Canada will begin this month.
“Blue Ant Media’s global makeup enables us to work with industry-leading partners to license and localize popular TV formats and give them homegrown voices,” said Sam Linton, VP, Head of Original Content, Canadian Media, Blue Ant Media. “We’re proud to be partnering with A+E Networks to bring this hit franchise to Canadians nationwide. Saloon Media’s track record of award-winning TV format series and documentaries makes them the perfect production partner for Hoarders: Canada.
“We’re delighted to be involved with a franchise series as successful and long-standing as Hoarders,” said Michael Kot, Managing Director, Saloon Media. “In keeping with A+E Networks’ format, Hoarders: Canada will be shot documentary-style and with the utmost respect for those sharing their emotional stories.”
Ellen Lovejoy, SVP Global Content Sales at A+E Networks, said: “We are excited to partner with Saloon Media and Blue Ant Media to bring the compelling format that is Hoarders to Canadian viewers. A+E Networks has a long history of creating successful long running formats that are easily adaptable in the global marketplace. We are actively building partnerships to leverage our broad slate to create successful local adaptations.”
Hoarders: Canada will explore the world of extreme hoarding and provide an in-depth look at real-life stories of those directly affected by compulsive hoarding. Each episode will introduce viewers to individuals from across Canada as a team of experts try to help clean out massive hoards and assist with setting these individuals up for future success. Leading Canadian psychologists will work in tandem with extreme cleanup experts in an effort to help these families deal with a hoarding crisis of epic magnitude. Hoarders: Canada will premiere on Blue Ant Media’s specialty channel Makeful in late 2022.
Hoarders: Canada joins a roster of original TV formats commissioned by Blue Ant Media for its Canadian specialty channels, including Makeful’s Landscape Artist of the Year: Canada and Cottage Life’s highest-rated original series, Life Below Zero: Canada, produced by Saloon Media and now in its second season. Casting for Hoarders: Canada is now open and is accepting applications nationwide via hoarderscanadacasting.com.
Hoarders: Canada is based on the critically acclaimed A+E Networks series Hoarders. Franklin Cumberbatch and Peter Tarshis serve as executive producers for A+E Networks. Hoarders: Canada is produced by Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media company. Shannon McKinnon serves as the Series Producer and Deborah MacDonald is the Supervising Producer. Michael Kot, Betty Orr and Pam Mcnair serve as Executive Producers.