Singapore, 18 December 2012 – 2012 has been a bumper year for Beach House Pictures. The prod co has doubled its production load with 35 hours of programming in production or delivered to a diverse range of regional and international channels. It’s a world away from 2005 when Jocelyn and Donovan set up the company on the back of a single Lonely Planet series and staff strength comprised just the two of them (and their friends and family!). Now, they have moved to bigger and better equipped premises and are 26-strong and growing.
Some of the company’s highlights this year include great senior hires. New Head of Production & Business Development Paul Stevens has been deeply involved in managing, strategising and growing BHP’s productions and post production set up, while lending editorial support as Executive Producer on two major projects for the US and Asia. Senior Editor Dipin Verma joined up after a decade cutting prolific international shows and has recently been nominated for Best Editing at the Asian TV Awards. Last but not least, Maxine Lu, MD of BHP Taiwan opened for business this year in a big way after wrapping up a major production deal with a Chinese multi-national, together with Roger Cheng, BHP’s Content and Business Development Director.
2012 also saw Beach House climb the ratings ladder with a few prolific programs. Hidden Cities Extreme (HISTORY Asia) performed above expectations. The show follows Asian American filmmaker Simon Yin as he undertakes the weirdest, wackiest and most extreme adventures Asia has to offer. Birth Days (Discovery Channel), an inspiring 4-part documentary that examines the changing face of childbirth and childrearing across present-day Taiwan has done remarkably well. And BHP’s surprise hit this year Hot Guys Who Cook (DIVA Universal) has since been spun off into a competitive format series.
On the Stereoscopic 3D front, BHP delivered Secrets of Shaolin with Jason Scott Lee to 3net in the US with Chinese partners CICC. It was a huge highlight and challenge for the whole team to develop and produce the unique program, since they had to rethink their 3D camera systems and production workflows to achieve it. It features for the first time, spectacular high-speed 3D photography of Shaolin monks in action. It’s a film that could pave the way for bigger, better and more cost efficient stereoscopic productions.
BHP has even more exciting projects to look forward to in 2013 with over 20 hours of shows awaiting greenlight or in development. Amongst them is the recently announced Kakadu (ABC TV) series, a stunning 4-parter on the heritage listed national park, co-produced with Northern Pictures, Screen Australia and MDA. So watch this space!