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Blue Ant crafts CCTV9 co-production

Blue Ant Media-owned Beach House Pictures has entered into a partnership with China’s CCTV9, which will see the Singapore-based producer make a new five-part documentary series, Art of Craft (5 x 60 mins), for the public broadcaster channel.

Supported by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority, the HD series will be Singapore’s first co-pro with factual-themed CCTV9. Currently in production, Art of Craft will be available for pre-buy at MIPTV via Blue Ant International.

The series explores the human stories behind leading master craftsmen including a 23rd generation Venetian glass blower, an Indian Saree maker, an organ master from Montreal, a Chinese Master embroider and a family of violin makers. Interwoven with visuals of the artists’ intricate processes and intimate interviews, audiences will learn their backstories.

Explaining the rationale behind the series, Donovan Chan, creative director, Beach House Pictures, said: “We conserve buildings, wildlife and the environment, but how much is being done to conserve the heritage of craftsmanship?”

Tian Yuan, head of international acquisitions & co-production, CCTV added: “Craftsmanship is a large part of Chinese culture. This co-pro will be a showcase for such artistry, creating a bridge between Chinese artisans and others around the world.”