MARQUEE TV Acquires Helios Arts

By Francisco Salazar

MARQUEE TV has announced the acquisition of Helio Arts and the appointment of Helio Arts’s co-founder and CEO, Ryan McKinny, as Marquee TV’s Head of U.S. Content Partnerships.

The video content and partnerships from the U.S. based streaming site Helio Arts will be folded into the Marquee TV catalogue and will add the site’s extensive classical music and dance categories. Among the highlights in the collection are “Bon Appétit” starring mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and “After/Glow,” a retelling of Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, which won an award at the Seattle Film Festival in 2021.

The announcement also comes with an internal restructuring that sees long-serving COO, Nina Laricheva, appointed CEO, succeeding co-founder & CEO, Simon Walker, who becomes Chairman.

In a statement, Walker said, “Marquee TV’s global mission is to democratize access to the performing arts. We are transforming our sector through strong partnerships with the world’s greatest artists and arts organizations. Ryan’s ambition, both creatively and commercially, is a perfect fit with ours and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

McKinny added, “One of the most gratifying parts of building Helio has been nurturing incredible artists as they connect with audiences in new ways. 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.”