Big Mountain launch at Cannes TV festival

DUNDALK-based TV production company Big Mountain is attending the international television festival in Cannes to launch four of its original formats.

DUNDALK-based TV production company Big Mountain is attending the international television festival in Cannes to launch four of its original formats.

Television executives from all over the world flew to France for the Cannes Television Festival 2011, which began on Monday, October 3.

Big Mountain is launching four shows at the festival including Craft Master (RTE 1); Traffic Blues (RTE1); The Tenements (TV3); and the Genealogy Roadhshow (RTE1).

The six part Craft Master series marks the 2011 year of Craft. RTE 1 is airing the final episode of Big Mountain’s Craft Master series on Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm.

Jane Kelly, Creative Director/Joint MD Big Mountain and Executive Producer for the series said: “Tuesday’s grande finale was filmed and set exclusively in Drogheda’s Highlanes Gallery with international designers Paul Costello and Louise Kennedy joining the resident judges to decide who will be crowned Craft Master for 2011.

“It’s great to see fantastic facilities like the Highlanes gallery which allowed us stage the finale in Louth. The gallery and Louth Craftmark were very supportive in helping us stage and hold the event there.”

Jane added: “It’s great to see this original Irish format has been a ratings winner with audiences. Craftmaster has captured peoples’ attention with over 350,000 viewers watching each week.

“There is something great in tapping into our craft and heritage traditions here in Ireland to unearth the new craft people of the future. Their new designs could be the next international sellers at a time in our country when we need to be putting our best foot forward.”