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TV/WEB PILOT

 

Our TV/web pilot, Enter the Bagrat, brings a unique but much needed creative narrative that showcases the Asian Australian community and Australians with an interest in Asia. 

In 2021, our TV Pilot Show concept was a top 10 finalist for the ABC iView Pitch-O-Rama contest. The concept founded by JJ Chen, mentored by Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, award winning journalist, academic and lecturer in journalism at UTS; and brought to life by creative producer, Mayu Iwasaki, co-founder of Bubbletent Australia and actress, and Director Lenny Fung, who has worked on Studio10, Doctor Doctor, Amazing Grace, Home and Away, among other prominent Australian dramas. 

A big shout out to our earliest believer and sponsor, Bendigo Bank Darling Square Community Branch for giving us seed funding to see this concept come to life!

If you are interested in collaborating and commissioning an innovative TV show that will bridge the gap between Asia and Australia (and the world), contact us at hi@captainbagrat.com to request a media pack and concept reel.

 

Pilot length: 22 minutes

Format: Factual Entertainment / Lifestyle

Creator: JJ Chen, Mayu Iwasaki

Executive Producer: Helen Vatsikopolous, JJ Chen

Director: Lenny Fung

 

 
PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Captain Bagrat's journey from concept to scripting to production could not have been possible without a generous and talented team of creatives. A big shout out to our earliest believer and sponsor, Bendigo Bank Darling Square Community Branch for giving us seed funding to see this concept come to life!

 

Featured talent include:

  • JJ Chen, Mayu Iwasaki, and Liam Frappell as panel hosts.

  • Dion Woo, #raconteur and entrepreneur who is eating his way around the world, as guest host.

  • Brad Chan, cofounding family of Sydney's Chinatown and CEO of Banna Property, as exclusive guest.

  • George Zhao, famously known from the SBS TV series, The Family Law as guest star.

  • Shiney Zhang, junior state champion for table tennis as guest challenger.

  • Rachel Gong, exclusive interview guest.

  • Bridget Devery-Nguyen and Emilie Lauer, aspirational  bilingual influencers.

  • And, some wonderful characters we met in Chinatown for Voxpop!

Production Crew:

  • Executive Producer: Helen Vatsikopolous, JJ Chen

  • Director: Lenny Fung

  • Interview Director: Solomon Thomas

  • Producer: JJ Chen, Mayu Iwaski

  • Creative Producer: Mayu Iwasaki

  • Scriptwriter: JJ Chen, Mayu Iwasaki, Lauren Montino

  • Director of Photography: Benjamin Powell

  • Casting Director: JJ Chen

  • Head of Audio: Sam  Sotiris Margaritis

  • Production Manager: Lauren Montino

  • Post Production Manager: JJ Chen

  • Editor: Emma Johnston

  • Motion Graphics consultant: Landon Maxwell

  • Motion Graphics specialist: Noah Hope, Kevin Nguyen

  • Camera Operator: Benjamin Powell, Alyssa Montgomery, William Suen

  • Gaffer: William Suen

  • Assistant Floor Manager: Almerick Li, Alysia Kwan

  • Set PA: Albert Choy, Leon Hu

  • Music: Tash Jamieson, Jeff Deutsch

  • HMUA Head: Paris Lee

  • Marketing Assistant: Emilie Lauer, Stephanie Leung

  • Assistant camera operator: Angela Mao, Bertin Huynh

  • Assistant Editor: Angela Mao

  • Assistant Audio: Rayan Virwani

  • Runner: Sarah Jiang, Jason Lin

 

We've got post production to go now.  So we will leave you here to ponder how this will all be pulled together. 

 

Secret Mission. Need to know basis only.

Bagrat out!

P.S. Click on 'REGISTER' to be part of our invite list to the TV Pilot Show launch. Be the first to know!  

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MEET THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
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JJ CHEN

FOUNDER / CREATOR + HOST

JJ Chen is the founder of the Captain Bagrat Media Production (CBMP) and its various multimedia platforms bringing the Australian and Asian creative and business communities together. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in managing operations and teams across private companies, the Australian Government, startups, and volunteering for the NGO/NFP sector.

 

She was a graduate at Airservices Australia and as a team was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Professional Excellence. JJ’s time in Beijing included the role of acting general manager for AustCham Beijing and rebranding the prestigious Westpac Australia-China Business Awards in 2013 with the help of Zambreors' co-founder, Katie Radojkovic. JJ later invested in a rapid scale start up, 123 Childcare and furthered their expansion across China by establishing a partnership with Rovio’s Angry Bird’s learning department.  

 

After returning to Australia, JJ was the business owner of a hip Asian-Fusion bar in Canberra and started her creative journey with Byron Keane Creative as interpreter and field producer. Her first project was with MasterChef Adam Liaw and the Willoughby Council. 

 

JJ graduated with a B Science / B Asian Studies and Masters of Strategic Affairs from The Australian National University. She plays an active role with the ANU alumni community, cultivating networks and events across Beijing, Canberra and Sydney. JJ is also part of the ANU Chapter for the Golden Key International Society.

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HELEN VATSIKOPOULOS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + MENTOR

Helen Vatsikopoulos is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australia Network, and for the Special Broadcasting Service.

 

In a career spanning 30 years she has worked on programs such as the ABC News, the Midday Report, the 7.30 report, Dateline, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent. In that time she has specialized in International Reporting and has covered history-changing events like the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, the Rwandan Genocide, the HIV-Aids crisis in West Papua, the Sri Lankan Civil War, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, and the Bali Bombings- among many others. Her reporting on the collapse of the USSR won her a coveted Walkley award.

 

Helen has presented many studio-based television programs including Face the Press, News Extra, Talking Heads and Dateline for SBS; The 7.00 pm News and the Midday Report for ABC1 and Asia-Pacific Focus for the Australia Network. She has also made three documentaries: New World Borders and the award-winning documentaries Agatha's Curse and Getting Gehry.

 

Helen completed her Doctorate of Creative Arts in 2018 it was a exegetical investigation on identity and nationalism with an autoethnographical memoir on the Greek Civil War. Helen teaches Journalism and Writing at the University of Technology Sydney and her research areas include diversity of storytelling as well as mentoring diverse media start ups. 

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MAYU IWASAKI

CREATIVE PRODUCER + HOST

Mayu is a bilingual Japanese-born actress. She has been working in Tokyo, New York, Chicago, and recently moved back to Sydney. Her recent projects include a leading role on SBS’s Top Knot Detective working with Lee Lin Chin, Sydney Theatre Company’s production Pearl and host of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.

 

She is often told her nationality is ambiguous, since she speaks her mind like a Westerner, but doesn’t fully look like an Easterner but she still does the V sign in photos. Go figure!

 

Mayu is also the co-founder of Bubbletent Australia, voted the top eco-tourism destination in Australia. Mayu enjoys working in collaborative projects within various mediums whether in the creative arts industry or business. 

 

Her education and training span across international borders at NIDA, UNSW, Japan Academy of Moving Image, Atlantic Theatre Company in New York, and SITI. She also works as a translator and freelance movement teacher (currently at NYFA). 

 

Mayu is very excited to return to Australia and continue to build her creative experiences in the Sydney community. She is equally passionate about building the Asian + Australian community and advocating for more representation of Asian Australians in the film/tv/theatre industry.

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