(Toronto, ON, June 14, 2016) – Makeful, a Blue Ant Media multi platform lifestyle brand celebrating the maker community and the creation of one-of-a-kind, handmade goods, is kicking off summer with a bevy of new series that bring creative inspiration to the whole family. Holiday Makeover, an original series about hosting special occasions, stars three prolific makers from Makeful’s online community and has a new installment on deck for Father’s Day. Makeful will also debut a new original production that puts kids in the crafting spotlight with MAKE IT BIG, make it small, launching on-air and on bemakeful.com Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. This multi-platform series will take kids on fun experiences—including a rollercoaster ride, a go-kart track and a dinosaur museum, to name a few. Following each trip, the kids will learn scientific facts, while channeling their discoveries into unique, hands-on DIY projects in a craft workshop.
“This summer, we’ve created a cross-platform offering that celebrates the season by inspiring families to get creative together,” said Vanessa Case, EVP, Content, Blue Ant Media. “From crafting and baking to painting and decorating, our new lineup continues the spirit of creating one-of-a-kind, handmade goods that craft-enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy.”
Makeful also has a slew of new programming with a strong dose of creative spirit, including Landscape Artist of the Year, Tattoo Tales and Len & Ainsley’s Big Food Adventure as well as new episodes of Makeful favourites including At Home With Didiayer and Secret Guide to Fabulous.
Makeful Summer Premieres
Holiday Makeover Father’s Day (New Original Series, World Premiere) airs on Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This special Father’s Day installment follows series’ hosts, Alison, Denise and Adjoa, popular makers from Makeful’s online community, as they lend their collective expertise in crafting, baking and decorating to create special inspirational features that will help one family honour their dad. Makeful audiences can also follow Alison, Denise and Adjoa’s online maker profiles and watch their short DIY videos on bemakeful.com. Further Holiday Makeover television episodes are set to roll out over Civic Holiday Weekend, Halloween and Christmas.
Landscape Artist of the Year (New Series, Canadian Premiere) debuts on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. From the producers of Makeful’s popular Portrait Artist of the Year, a shortlist of artists from all over Britain and Ireland will compete to paint beautiful landscapes of stunning locations in the UK. The winner of this prestigious landscape painting competition will receive a commission that will form part of a permanent collection. Expert judges – artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, curator Kathleen Soriano and art dealer Kate Bryan – circulate among the artists, assessing their skills. Some of the iconic landscapes painted throughout the competition include London’s Tower Bridge, Plas Newyd on the Menai Strait in Wales, Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland and the dramatic cliffs of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Tattoo Tales (New Series, Canadian Premiere) premiering on Saturday, July 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT is a cutting edge docu-series that gives a unique and entertaining peek into Australian life from inside a tattoo studio on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach tourist strip. The series follows the day-to-day antics and artistry inside the studio and captures the stories behind each tattoo, such as: a young mother who has survived three open-heart surgeries and wants her tattoo to illustrate her story of survival; a divorcee who wants her ex-partner’s name covered up for good; and a hairdresser who won’t be happy until his Spice Girls obsession is marked in ink.
Len & Ainsley’s Big Food Adventure (New Series, Canadian Premiere), launching on Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT follows Len Goodman, the charismatic British host of Dancing with the Stars, as he forgoes traditional British comfort food and reluctantly tries new flavours, recipes and cooking techniques. In this playful series, Len gives his old-fashioned taste buds a wake-up call with the help of top chef Ainsley Harriott who acts as guide and mentor on a culinary road-trip around Britain. Together Len and Ainsley seek out vibrant multi-cultural communities where restaurateurs and street-food vendors introduce them to their best-loved dishes. In each episode, Ainsley cooks a recipe inspired by their trip, determined to replace some of Len’s familiar staples with new food.
MAKE IT BIG, make it small (New Original Series, World Premiere) is a new original multi-platform series that will launch on air and online at bemakeful.com. On Sunday, July 17, two back-to-back half hour episodes will debut at 7 p.m. ET/PT and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and ten additional 11-minute episodes will begin rolling out online. From the best roller coasters in the country to the inside of an airplane engine, MAKE IT BIG, make it small explores big experiences that make kids go wow. In every episode, the series’ two nine-year-old kids tour an extraordinary attraction and get to see a behind-the-scenes look at the science involved in everything from bouncing monster trucks to the attraction of butterflies at a conservatory. Each episode culminates in an art studio where a craft expert helps the kids create a fun DIY project that ties in their newly learned scientific theory. Creating the ultimate DIY project or craft takes on new meaning as kids are blown away by the science and technology and are excited by understanding how things work.
New Series and Episodes:
At Home with Didiayer (Canadian Exclusive) airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. From creating simple, healthy dishes, inspired by world-renown chefs to embracing creativity through transformative DIY projects, host Didiayer Snyder illustrates ways to practice healthy living. With wholesome charm and an environmentally-conscious attitude, the marvellous-yet-grounded Didiayer invites viewers to take the time to live well. Part travelogue, part how-to and part wellness and food appreciation, At Home with Didiayer entertains and empowers.
Secret Guide to Fabulous (Canadian Exclusive) airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by three spirited lifestyle experts, Secret Guide to Fabulous gives viewers tips and tools for adding extra panache to events, home decor and personal style. In each fun episode, the experts give their pro tips that help everyday hosts infuse chic elegance into special occasions ranging from a singles’ mixer to a farm-to-table dinner and shows viewers how they can take any event up a notch. This high-energy series underscores that it’s not about having it all, but rather knowing what to do with what you have.
Makeful is a Blue Ant Media multi platform lifestyle brand celebrating the maker community and the creation of one-of-a-kind, handmade goods. Featuring passionate, entertaining makers who share their ideas and provide inspiration, Makeful’s programming combines food, design, style and DIY series. Makeful also unites craft-enthusiasts and provides opportunities to learn new skills through its digital and social platforms. BeMakeful.com