Blueprint Pictures was founded in 2002 by David Blake Knox. The company has produced a large number of high quality programmes in a wide range of areas, but with a particular focus on original arts and entertainment. In 2004, David co-directed, co-produced and wrote ‘Imagining Ulysses’ - a multi-award-winning feature-length documentary about James Joyce's novel.
Since then, Blueprint has produced many other major arts and social affairs docs - such as "The Rutland", a profile of an addiction treatment centre in Dublin & “Limelight”, a series of four short films written by Hugh Leonard, Patrick McCabe, Tom Murphy and Frank McGuinness.
Blueprint also produced eight seasons of “Ryan Confidential” – a highly popular TV entertainment series which starred the late Gerry Ryan, as well as 18 editions of The Hitlist series, and several special theme nights for RTE2 – including an acclaimed one on U2. In late 2010, Blueprint produced RTE's feature–length documentary on the life of Gerry Ryan, as well as “Up Close and Personal”, a stand–up comedy series. The company has just finished producing “Grainne Seoige’s Modern Life”; an entertainment series for RTE2, and is working on a feature documentary about Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" for the Irish Film Board. The company is also in development on a number of new projects.
Finally, Blueprint has also produced a number of corporate projects including ‘A Vision of Ballsbridge’ for Mountbrook, and a viral ad for Unicef’s ‘Euro for Zero’ campaign.
Biog: David Blake Knox
Before establishing Blueprint Pictures, David Blake Knox worked for RTE in Dublin, the BBC in London, and HBO in New York. He was Head of Drama and Entertainment in RTE, as well as Director of TV Production before he joined the BBC. In the BBC, he was Executive Editor of Special Projects in TV Entertainment.
While in RTE, he devised and produced the much praised series ‘Nighthawks,’ which won several Jacobs and Hot Press awards. He produced and co-wrote the comedy drama “A Song for Europe”, which won a Torc at the 1991 Celtic TV and Film Festival. He produced Tom Kilroy’s drama “Gold in the Streets”, which won a Prix Nikki in 1992. He produced Patrick McCabe’s comedy drama “A Mother’s Love’s a Blessing”, which won a Torc at the 1994 Celtic Film Festival. He was Executive Producer on Roddy Doyle’s “Family” quartet of films, which won the RTS Best Television Drama Award, and European Television Programme of the Year in 1995. He was Executive Producer on Alan Cubitt’s drama series “The Hanging Gale”, which won a BAFTA award in 1996. He was Producer of Roddy Doyle’s “Hell for Leather” – a comedy drama which won a Silver Rembrandt Award in 1998.
He was Executive Producer of the feature film “A Love Divided” – which won a Silver Rembrandt Award, a Torc at the Celtic Film Festival and a Silver Nymph at the Monte Carlo Film Festival in 2000. He was Executive Producer of two series of the BBC entertainment docs “Ruby’s American Pie”, featuring Ruby Wax – which was nominated for a British Comedy Award in 2000. He wrote and co-produced “Imagining Ulysses” which won a Torc at the 2004 Celtic TV and Film Festival; the Golden Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival; the Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Cruz International FilmFestival, and which was screened at 14 other Film Festivals. He has also been nominated for an IFTA for the best entertainment series in 2003, and the best documentary feature in 2005.