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BHP to scare up new kids show

NHNZ stablemate Beach House Pictures (BHP) has announced a new children’s TV show at Singapore’s Asia Television Forum & Market (ATF).

Mr Midnight

Best-known for its factual and doco content, but branching out since owner David Haslingden arrived, BHP will make Mr Midnight through its Beach House Kids division. Earlier this year, ex-pat Kiwi Marc Checkley joined BHP as Senior Development Executive.

Mr Midnight is a kids’ horror series, based on the books of Singapore-based Aussie writer James Aitchison (writing under the more Asia-friendly moniker, James Lee).

“The tween TV market is seriously underserviced – more so for young males,” Checkley noted. “Nothing is more addictive than a good scare and this series presents an exciting opportunity for broadcasters the world over.”

The books, which usually contain two stories each, run to over 85 titles or 160+ stories, so there’s plenty of existing material up for grabs. The books have been translated into various Asian languages and have sold millions of copies across the region.

Beach House Kids is presently developing a 13-episode TV series from the books. The company has brought producer and director Tony Tilse on to the project. Tilse directed Gibson Group’s ANZ TV co-production Panic at Rock Island back in 2011. More recently he’s directed for the HBO Asia-ABC co-production Serangoon Road and HBO Asia’s recently-premiered adult horror mini-series Grace, featuring NZ actor Yoson An (The Ghost Bride, Flat 3).

ATF runs until Friday as part of the Singapore Media Festival, with the Asian Television Awards presented Thursday night. Attitude Pictures’ Unlocking Autism competes in the Best Social Awareness Programme category. Beach House Kids’ Kids vs. Film (made for Discovery Kids Asia) has three awards under its belt and also competes at ATA tomorrow. BHP is also the creator of “all animals, all the time” kids’ TV channel ZooMoo.

Also at ATF, Singapore-based distributor Bomanbridge has firing off releases like confetti cannons.

Among those was one trumpeting a sale of 86 hours of content to MediaWorks, made up of 47 x 30′ episodes of It Only Hurts When I Laugh and 125 x 30′ doses of Life’s Funniest Moments.

Haute and Saucy

Haute and Saucy

Bomanbridge also announced an expansion into production. Unsurprisingly, given its catalogue content, the company’s first production venture will stick to the knitting. Cross-breeding fashion and food porn, the cleverly-titled Haute & Saucy will feature Singapore celebrity Kelly Sia cooking in nice clothes. Or something like that.

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