Working under the umbrella of the Blue Ice Group, we acquire, fund and develop a wide variety of non-fiction projects from around the world.
Founded in 2014 in partnership between Robin Smith, president of KinoSmith, and Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik, co-owners of the Blue Ice Group, Blue Ice Docs intends to use the expertise and skills of both organizations to build a singular, world-leading documentary distribution entity that will take non-fiction product across all media platforms within Canada and beyond.
Over the last 18 years, Robin has worked in management roles at a variety of film companies including the National Film Board of Canada, Alliance, Blackwatch Releasing, TIFF, Lions Gate Films, Seville Pictures and Capri Releasing. In 2007, he founded Canada's premier boutique distribution company KinoSmith Inc. and has overseen the successful launch over 200 films within the Canadian marketplace. Notable successes under Smith's guidance include such hits as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Russian Ark, Away From Her, Up The Yangtze, Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and Blackfish.
Robin also acts as the Cinema Programmer for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto operated by the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival – the only documentary dedicated cinema in the world. Currently, Robin is heralded as the one of the world's leading documentary industry experts and intends to use his knowledge and expertise to steer Blue Ice Docs into an industry-leading documentary distribution company.
Steven Silver is a partner and co-founder of BIGC, which acquired an equity position in Barna-Alper Productions in 2005. Steven served as President of Barna-Alper Productions from 2005 to 2008, when it was sold to Entertainment One Ltd. After the sale, Steven spent a year as head of eONE’s factual entertainment division. Also an Emmy award-winning writer and director, Steven is behind acclaimed documentaries such as Gerrie & Louise and The Last Just Man.
In 2010, Steven wrote and directed his first feature film The Bang Bang Club and is currently preparing to direct his follow up.
Neil Tabatznik is a partner and co-founder of BIGC and a producer with a wealth of experience in the film and television industry. As a co-owner of the Blue Lake Media Fund, Neil has executive-produced a number of successful feature films including Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Coming from a legal background in South Africa, Neil went on to found Cobalt and Oryx Pharmaceuticals and served as chairman until its sale in 2009. He is now a co-owner of Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, serves on the board of Hot Docs and the CFC, and heads up the Blue Ice team.