Global production giant Fremantle has taken a majority stake in Singapore-based Beach House Pictures (BHP), one of Asia’s top independent production outfits, whose slate includes the Emmy-nominated Netflix lifestyle series Mind Your Manners and science documentary series Evolve for Amazon Prime and Curiosity in the U.S. As part of the deal, Blue Ant Media has sold its stake in BHP.
Financial details weren’t disclosed.
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The deal, unveiled on Thursday, is the latest in Fremantle’s buying spree that has seen the group, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, snatch up leading indies across the drama, film, and non-fiction space worldwide.
Founded in 2005 by producers Donovan Chan and Jocelyn Little, Beach House Pictures is proficient in both scripted and non-scripted content and in both the originals and adapted format business. In addition to their own productions, BHP also produces local versions of global franchises including Masterchef Singapore with Mediacorp, Ed Stafford: First Man Out with Discovery+ and Bilibili, and Wild City with David Attenborough together with Netflix, Sky and BBC America.
BHP is currently in production on the IMAX documentary feature The Elephant Odyssey, the car culture series The Ride Life for Insight TV, featuring Fast and Furious actor Sung Kang, and the wildlife/survival documentary series Survival of the Beast for Love Nature. In 2021 BHP took a majority stake in Singapore-based Momo Film, extending its reach across South-East Asia.
“Fremantle invests in and works with the best creatives in the industry, and Jocelyn, Donovan and the team at Beach House Pictures are exactly that,” said Jennifer Mullin, Group CEO, Fremantle, announcing the deal. “Their taste and approach to storytelling is inspirational. Asia is a dynamic market and one we have targeted for strategic growth, and I am proud we have found a wonderful partner in Beach House Pictures to be part of our family.”
Ganesh Rajaram, CEO Asia and Latin America at Fremantle, called BHP “a true powerhouse” and said its addition to the Fremantle family would bring “great synergies to our business.”
Jocelyn Little and Donovan Chan called the Fremantle deal a “significant milestone in the growth of Beach House Pictures; from a small and scrappy documentary company over 18 years ago to the multi-genre Asian super indie today. We are very proud of what we have achieved but we are even more excited about the many things we can build together with our new partners [at] Fremantle, whose immense scale and reach, incredible quality and deep library of formats is second to none.”
The investment in Beach House Pictures continues Fremantle’s global buying spree of indie shingles, which has included European groups A Team Productions (Belgium), Dancing Ledge Productions (U.K.), Lux Vide (Italy), Element Pictures (Ireland), 72 Films (U.K.); the U.S. groups Fabel, Wildstar Films, and Silvio Productions and Australian-American outfit Eureka Productions.
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