Marquee TV, the specialist streaming service for arts and culture, has acquired Helio Arts and appointed co-founder and ceo Ryan McKinny as Marquee TV’s head of US content partnerships.

Video content and partnerships from US based streaming site Helio Arts will be folded into the Marquee TV catalogue, adding to the site’s classical music and dance categories. Highlights from Helio Arts’s collection include Bon Appétit, a one-woman opera about American chef Julia Child starring renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and After Glow, a retelling of Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe.

The move has prompted an internal restructuring that sees long-serving coo Nina Laricheva (pictured) appointed ceo, succeeding co-founder and ceo Simon Walker, who becomes Chairman. Laricheva takes on full executive responsibility for the business, with McKinney reporting directly to her, while Walker focuses on strategy and corporate development.

Walker commented: “Marquee TV’s global mission is to democratise access to the performing arts. We are transforming our sector through strong partnerships with the world’s greatest artists and arts organisations.”

“One of the most gratifying parts of building Helio has been nurturing incredible artists as they connect with audiences in new ways,” said McKinny. “As a performer and filmmaker, I’ve been hugely inspired by Simon’s vision of Marquee TV as a streaming service that truly serves both audiences and artists, and I’m eager to expand the range of American creative projects available on the world’s leading digital arts platform.”

Marquee TV partners with the world’s leading dance, opera, theatre and music companies to offer on demand performances for its global audience. The streaming service currently has over 450 titles including performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin and more.

Pippa Considine

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