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Beach House Pictures is Asia’s largest independent production company specialising in factual, entertainment and children’s content for the international market.
To date, BHP has produced over 500 hours of high quality programs across an extensive array of genres – from Travel to Science, Reality TV to Natural History.
Our clients and partners include Discovery Channel, ZooMoo, TLC, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Diva Universal, CICC, Channel News Asia, HGTV, Turner and many more. At Beach House, you can trust us to take a project from concept to completion with the high standard of service we are known for.
With a portfolio that includes top rated shows such as Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 (Starworld), Nomad Chef (TLC), China From Above (Nat Geo) and Kids vs. Film (Discovery Kids), Beach House Pictures has built a reputation for creating new and exciting factual content that is watched worldwide; from Asia-Pacific to Europe and North to South America. Between 2013 and 2014, BHP expanded its capabilities and brand by launching three new divisions – Beach House Kids (children’s television), Beach House Entertainment (reality formats) and Beach House Studios (apps, animation & design).
The company is part of former Fox Networks Group president David Haslingden’s global stable of channels and independent television production companies: ZooMoo Network, NHNZ based out of Washington (USA), Dunedin (NZ) and Beijing (China), Beach House Pictures in Singapore and Taipei (Taiwan), and Northern Pictures in Sydney (Australia).
BHP is a multiple award winner and has brought some of the world’s greatest travel experiences to the screen with Lonely Planet’s Roads Less Travelled (Nat Geo Adventure, Travel Channel) and Stressbuster (BBC Worldwide). It has an expanding slate of wildlife programs including Wild City (Channel NewsAsia) and Kakadu (ABC TV). It has produced format hits like Asia’s Next Top Model, Hot Guys Who Cook (Diva Universal) and Photo Face Off (History). BHP is also an experienced Ultra HD and stereoscopic 3D filmmaker with over 15 hours of original content delivered to 3net in the US and Nat Geo International.
With strong roots in Asia combined with a truly global reach, Beach House Pictures aims to create more groundbreaking projects guaranteed to engage, entertain and inform audiences worldwide.
As one of the founding partners of BHP, Jocelyn oversees company operations, strategy and international co-productions, forging partnerships with global brands that include Nat Geo, Discovery, A&E Networks, Lonely Planet, Fox International Channels, NBC Universal and BBC Worldwide. As Executive Producer, she supervises over 30 hours of content a year covering a range of factual genres. In 2011, she spearheaded BHP’s move into factual formats, producing programs such as Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 (Starworld) and Hot Guys Who Cook (DIVA Universal). 2013 saw Jocelyn oversee BHP’s expansion into three divisions including Beach House Pictures (factual), Beach House Kids (children’s TV) and Beach House Entertainment (reality formats). Jocelyn’s extensive program credits include 12 engineering documentaries under the Man Made Marvel series (Discovery Channel) and over 15 hours of Stereoscopic 3D programs for 3net and Nat Geo International. In the travel space, she oversaw 25 hours of Lonely Planet Six Degrees (Lonely Planet TV) and in the documentary genre, multiple seasons of the award winning China First Time Filmmakers and Afterlife (Discovery Channel). With Nat Geo, she also produced Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled, Malaysian Journey with Jason Scott Lee and Bodysnatchers of Bangkok (Best Documentary – ATV Awards & NGC/EDB Awards). Jocelyn is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is on the panel of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system.
Donovan is a founding partner of BHP and spearheads strategy and content development. He also executive produces, writes and directs many of the company’s international productions, and is overseeing BHP’s expansion into online content and the integration of new technologies. One of Asia’s most experienced factual filmmakers, Donovan has worked on award winning shows including Lonely Planet Six Degrees for TLC (Best Entertainment & Best Editing – Asian TV Awards) and Megastructures: Singapore’s Vegas for Nat Geo International (Silver World Medal – New York Festivals). He is an expert in science and engineering programs such as Man Made Marvels (Discovery Channel). Donovan was an Executive Producer in the Nat Geo International series China From Above, the Star Sports series Freedom Riders Asia (Best Cross Platform Program, Asian TV Awards) and co-created Hidden Cities for HISTORY, as well as the hugely popular spin off Hidden Cities Extreme. Donovan was also instrumental in producing ground breaking Stereo 3D documentaries for 3net (Jewels of the World, Secrets of Shaolin with Jason Scott Lee) and Nat Geo International (Fight Club Asia). He recently Exec Produced NYF Culinary Program medal winner Nomad Chef (TLC) and the ratings buster ob doc series All Access Changi for Channel News Asia. Donovan is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Head of Business and Content Development
A television veteran with 18 years of experience, Jim has produced and executive produced in a wide variety of programming genres including live sports, documentary, quiz, travelogue and entertainment. After three years at BskyB in the UK, Jim moved to Singapore in 1999 to join ESPN Star Sports, later Fox Sports. Within the realm of live sports, Jim was producer for the 2007 ICC World T20 and executive producer for the 2009 ICC World T20 and 2011 Cricket World Cup. Non-live credits include Samsung / Carlsberg Kick Off, Game – Presented by Dell, The Difference and Freedom Riders Asia (winner of Best Cross Platform at the 2013 Asian Television Awards). As Executive Producer of Original Content, Special Projects and Sales Integration at ESPN Star Sports Jim acted as channel manager for Singtel’s Football Frenzy channel in 2009 and ESPN Star’s multi-channel Olympic coverage in 2012. Jim was also responsible for overseeing non-live programming across the networks as well as liaising closely with the Sales team to create and oversee bespoke content for a raft of blue chip advertisers including Shell, Samsung, Carlsberg, HTC, Chang, Dell, Electronic Arts, Castrol, MYEG, Singtel, Kia and Standard Chartered. As Head of Business & Content Development, Jim is an integral part of the executive team and develops new opportunities, concepts and partnerships internationally.
Head of Beach House Kids
In the past 25 years Susan has produced for all the major networks in Australia and for some of the world’s leading children’s television production companies including The Jim Henson Company (UK), EM-TV & ZDF (Germany), Mike Young Productions (US) and Tele Images Productions (France). Susan’s career began in front of the camera in the Australian pre-school series Here’s Humphrey. She then trained as a producer/director at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) where she spent 10 years working in their Features, Documentary and Children’s departments. After leaving ABC TV, Susan specialised in children’s television as a Director/Producer/Writer, working with live action, puppetry, 2D and 3D Animation series on some of world’s best loved and award winning programs. Her credits include Feral TV, Hi-5, Bambaloo, Flipper & Lopaka, Master Raindrop, Dive Olly Dive, Raggs, Toybox, and Pipsqueaks. Susan joined Beach House in 2012 to direct their first children’s series Kids vs. Film and hasn’t looked back since. As Head of Beach House Kids, she is in charge of the division’s operations and strategy, and aims to see the company firmly placed on the world map of children’s television production.
Showrunner/Series Producer/Head of Department, Natural History
With a 20 year track record of making acclaimed shows for leading networks, including the BBC, Discovery, and National Geographic, Chiara’s programmes have ranged from Emmy-award winning blue-chip natural history shows to heart-wrenching social documentaries, including producing and directing on international award-winning series like BBC South Pacific (Emmy) and the Bafta award-winning Coast. Never shy of a challenge she has guided crews across the globe, from diving with record-breaking schools of sharks on the most remote coral reefs on Earth for the BBC’s Natural History Unit, to leading a team to the heart of Chernobyl – the most radioactive area on the planet - where she produced and directed “Life after Chernobyl” for Animal Planet. The project, chosen to launch the high profile “Animal Planet Presents” series, secured the highest ratings for the channel, in that prime-time slot, for over 12 years.
While at the BBC’s Natural History Unit, Chiara worked on one of her favourite projects, Ocean of Volcanoes (“Best of Festival”, Rome IFF), which received one the highest audience appreciation index scores for wildlife programmes broadcast that year. As the Natural History and Specialist Factual Specialist at BHP, Chiara oversees a number of productions yearly and amongst other projects, has been responsible for the award-winning, David Attenborough –narrated Wild City Islands (Winner of Asian TV Awards 2016); has Executive Produced Otter Town, Nat Geo Wild’s first 4K delivery; and has been the Series Producer on Frontier Borneo, an ambitious 10 part series for Discovery and UKTV being launched in 2017. As well as overseeing productions, Chiara is an active member of the senior development team, focusing particularly on the UK, US and International markets.
Edit Share Lands at Beach House Pictures in Singapore
EditShare®, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that Singapore-based Beach House Pictures has upgraded its legacy media infrastructure with EditShare media management solutions: EditShare Flow media asset management (MAM), 235 TB EditShare EFS XStream shared storage and EditShare Ark tape-based archiving.
Known for producing highly rated series such as the David Attenborough-narrated Wild City (CNA), China from Above (Nat Geo), Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 (Starworld), Nomad Chef (Discovery) and Hiccup & Sneeze (Okto), Beach House is a global production and post production media power house with locations in Australia, China, Taiwan and the United States.
Replacing the existing attached storage units with a MAM-enabled tiered storage environment provides Beach House with a media infrastructure and control layer that supports production and post activities from ingest to archive.
Steve Pelluet, Head of Technology for Beach House, comments on the evolution of the team and its operation, as well as the pain points they experience, saying, “Beach House Pictures now employs up to 100 people who work on an ever growing range of content. The established “sneaker-net” workflow of drives being passed from one stage to another is just not conducive to the demands of the industry anymore.”
Steve explains the challenges in detail, “In any given project, we can log up to 50 terabytes of rushes and transcoded files, stored on attached drives which are shared among the various producers, transcribers, editors and other creatives. Swapping drives from one docking station to another to share and access content was fine when we were much smaller and delivering more traditional broadcast content, but today it simply does not work. We needed a logical way to centralize content and make it easily accessible to users in the way best suited to their needs.”
Under the existing workflow, Beach House Pictures production and post production staff would copy content from one drive to another to share media, requiring an enormous amount of attached drives and a manual cataloging system via Microsoft Excel to track media assets.
“We have been wanting something like EditShare for quite some time,” comments Jocelyn Little, Managing Director of Beach House Pictures. “With the support of the Info-communications Media Development Authority, we are able to implement a state-of-the-art media infrastructure that will not only make us more productive, it will give younger staff more time to learn the more creative aspect of editing content and weaving together a story.”
The Beach House Pictures installation features EditShare’s most advanced storage platform, XStream EFS. The distributed architecture is designed to manage large media volumes and workgroups with a fault-tolerant design that ensures no work is ever lost. The XStream EFS is fully integrated with the tape-based archiving system EditShare Ark, with Flow MAM serving as global media governance across the facility. “EditShare will make content readily available across the facility without the headache of tracking down drives or resources to navigate complex systems,” states Peter Lambert, Head of Sales for EditShare. “Producers and directors can log into Flow from any laptop or system on the EditShare network, search the EditShare main storage system or archives and pull up their project. No more copying content from one drive to the next or waiting in an edit bay for someone to be available. They can call up a project, view the proxies, storyboard or make notes and send back to the editor. It’s really a game changer for how they will manage their productions going forward.”
In addition, to the fast search and production tools, EditShare Flow offers key automation capabilities for a wide range of media processes, including transcoding the many formats Beach House Pictures must deal with. Under the new workflow and infrastructure, the Beach House Pictures team can freely share assets, collaborate on stories and repurpose content for trailers, commercials and even vignettes for social media quickly and easily.
Steve adds, “EditShare really helps us eliminate inefficiencies and a lot of the risks that we had in the siloed workflow. Previously we had at least ten media copying steps, which meant there was more chance of the wrong media or sequence going to the next person in the chain. We do not have this with EditShare. There are only three file copying steps now, including the final export. At every stage we know exactly where the media is, which project to open and the right sequence to use.’
Developed by seasoned filmmakers, the EditShare system’s design and approach to media management was a key selling point for Beach House. Steve explains, “The toolset in EditShare is fantastic because it has really taken into consideration the actual user, which makes it a much easier transition for the team from a traditional to digital workflow.”
Beach House plans to move all its existing content from the various attached drives onto the EditShare Ark, making past programs searchable through the Flow database.
|Original Content For Television
Beach House Pictures specialises in generating original concepts and then spearheading their production for all our clients. From Factual (Beach House Pictures), to Formats (Beach House Entertainment), Kids (Beach House Kids) to Animation (Beach House Studios), we are proven experts in a wide variety of genres as well as brand funded programming.
You can trust Beach House to have the experience to take a project from concept to completion successfully.
Beach House Pictures can be involved in a co-production in any number of ways, from a co-financing arrangement in which partners provide partial funding and split production duties, to more complex arrangements that involve joint creative control over projects.
Our co-production partners can include brands, broadcasters, distributors, independent producers, multinational companies or other production companies.
Beach House Pictures is equally adept at producing corporate films as we are at producing international television shows. Our successful corporate track record is proof of that claim.
Clients include Changi Airport Group, Caltex, Shell, Microsoft, Nokia, EBay, ING Private Banking, NEC and the LTA.
|Production Support & Facilities
Beach House Pictures provides reliable production management and experienced crew support worldwide. Our intimate knowledge of Asia and our extensive network in the region has enabled us to act swiftly and effectively for clients. BHP is equipped with a 2000 sq ft broadcast studio, 12 Avid Symphony and Final Cut Pro editing suites for Ultra HD and Stereoscopic 3D post-production, an audio mix and voiceover facility, as well as the Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve colour grading and finishing system. We also stock Ultra HD, Stereo 3D and HD camera gear that include 3D rigs, Sony and Canon professional 4K & HD camcorders, Canon SLR cameras, Go Pro Hero cameras, Ion Air Pro Plus cameras, DJI Ronin stabalizer, Glidecam and timelapse rigs, DJI Drones and various other accessories and lighting kits.
|Apps, Animation & Design
Beach House Pictures has a top team of artists, designers, animators and developers who are experts in animation and broadcast design, as well as web, mobile and tablet applications.
We believe not just in the entertainment value of these crafts but also in their educational worth and strive to produce content with that goal in mind.
With the creative muscle to produce original content for these platforms, Beach House often incorporates them in conjunction with new television series.