The FINANCIAL — CNN International turns its spotlight on the Republic of Georgia for the third edition of its „i-List‟ series, which introduces viewers to countries that are making an impact beyond their borders and to date has profiled France and Bahrain.
Throughout the week of 12th April, CNN‟s Jim Clancy will be presenting the nightly prime-time show „W1‟ live at 2330 from locations across the capital Tbilisi as the network gets under the skin of this country uniquely positioned at the crossroads of Europe and Central Asia.
“i-List is the strand that both challenges your perceptions of places you think you already know, and introduces you to places that you don‟t know at all,” said Mike McCarthy, vice president of coverage and feature programming for CNN International. “Georgia is set to be one of our most fascinating i-List destinations yet.”
Clancy's show will feature interviews with the leading figures shaping the country‟s economic, cultural, and social innovations as Georgia re-emerges on the world stage as it rebuilds after the Russia-Georgia conflict.
Special reports will run throughout the week profiling varied aspects of Georgian life, brought to viewers by CNN‟s Ivan Watson, who spent a week travelling through the country earlier this year.
Other interviews include Patriarch Ilya II of the Orthodox Church; the NBA star Zaza Pachulia and the international ballet star Nina Ananiashvili, who invites CNN to join her personal tour of her favourite places in „My Tbilisi‟.
Reports include a profile of the Orthodox Church, a strong part of national identity; a look at Georgia‟s wine-growing business which is making increasing inroads into the world market; a report on Georgia's efforts to revitalize both classic ballet and the national dance company; an exploration of the country's investment in tourism and how it is turning the quiet cliffs of Vardzia, a monastic retreat, into a tourist destination, and a first hand experience of the Supra, the quintessential Georgian dining ritual involving up to eight hours of dancing, drinking and rich gastronomy.
From Monday 12th April – Friday 16th April, Jim Clancy anchors „W1‟ live from Tbilisi nightly at 23.30, and there will be reports and live interviews airing across prime-time programming throughout the week, from 19.00 – midnight .