Beach House Pictures, Singapore/Beijing, 14 June 2016: Multi-award winning prod-co Beach House Pictures (BHP) has announced its expansion into China, opening a production office in Beijing.
Buoyed by the success of a number of its series filmed there recently, the new office aims to further strengthen its ties and content partnerships in China’s fast expanding content and pay-TV market.
Heading up Beach House Pictures China (BHPC), is Felix Feng (pictured top, left). Formerly the Head of Business Development at Discovery Channels China and originally a senior producer at BHP sister company NHNZ, Feng has more than 10 years of experience in television production. He has worked across varied genres and broadcasters, which include Discovery China, NatGeo, NHK, Animal Planet, PBS and CCTV.
As GM of BHPC, Feng will spearhead creative development and strategic partnerships in China, while working closely with Maxine Lu, GM of Beach House Pictures Taiwan and Jim Ribbans, Head of Business Development at BHP to grow regional opportunities.
“We have spent a decade working in China and with the huge success of our recent series like China from Above, we believe that this latest expansion is timely,” said Creative Director Donovan Chan, “the country now has a genuine appetite for local content of an international quality, across multiple platforms.”
BHP’s award-winning Beach House Kids is also welcoming new key staff. John Marsh (pictured top, right) joins as its new Development Producer/Staff Writer working alongside Susan Oliver, head of the division.
Hailing from Los Angeles in the U.S, Marsh has 12 years of experience in writing and development. Some of his credits include Arthur (PBS), Rodney (ABC), The Noose (Channel 5) and The Proud Family (Disney Channel). In 2012, Marsh completed an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Marsh replaces Senior Development Producer, Marc Checkley, who is relocating to Geneva in August. Checkley, who has been with the company since 2014, will continue to work with BHP on specific projects and creative development.
“2016 continues to be a very busy year across all our divisions.” Managing Director Jocelyn Little said, “We are delivering 90 half-hours of kids content for Mediacorp’s OKTO and Channel 9 in Australia, launching a major global series for Nat Geo International and producing a ground breaking Borneo series for Discovery Channel. Expanding our talent pool and territories enable us to remain competitive and maintain our international growth.”
About Beach House Pictures
BHP is Asia’s largest independent production company with production offices in Singapore, Taiwan and China. Established in 2005, the company has built a strong reputation regionally and internationally for blue-chip wildlife series, factual entertainment and award-winning children’s content.
To date, BHP has produced more than 600 hours of original programs across an extensive array of genres – from Travel to Science, Reality TV, Magazine/Lifestyle, Kids and Natural History.
Clients include Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, ZooMoo Networks, TLC, National Geographic Channel, Fox International Channels, History Channel, Diva Universal, CICC, MediaCorp, Lonely Planet, ABC Australia, Disney Asia, Channel News Asia, AXN, BBC and many more.
2015 was one of BHP’s busiest production years to date. It produced ratings winner Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 for StarWorld Asia, Photo Face Off 2 for A+E Networks Asia, original preschool series Hiccup & Sneeze for OKTO, Sister Hit for Fox Sports, China From Above for Nat Geo International/CICC, Luxe Asia and Wild City a blue-chip wildlife series for Channel News Asia presented by acclaimed naturalist Sir David Attenborough.