Dated: 5 October 2010
MIPCOM, Cannes - Singapore’s Beach House Picture and New Zealand-based NHNZ, have joined forces with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to produce a 3D television series – comprising ten one hour episodes – for international distribution.
Beach House Pictures and NHNZ have a long standing relationship with the MDA and this will be the co-production partnership’s first venture into 3D.
Beach House Pictures managing director Jocelyn Little says given the long history of the successful partnership between the three organisations, it is only apt that they should embark together on this new direction. “We are delighted that the MDA is investing in our first 3D production,” she says. “MDA has made a concerted effort to develop 3D capabilities for Singapore’s media sector, which has enabled us to expedite our involvement in 3D content. It is great to be at the forefront of developing programmes for a new media on the cutting edge of technology.”
Over the last year NHNZ and Beach House Pictures have also focused strongly on developing their 3D capabilities and both companies have acquired the technology and the skills to enable them to cater for the expected demand in 3D productions.
NHNZ managing director Michael Stedman says 3D has captured the attention of audiences worldwide and making shows in 3D is a natural progression for NHNZ and its co-production partners. “We expect to see enormous growth in the 3D market and being this early out of the blocks will give us an advantage when the demand for 3D starts to swell.”
Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Media Development Authority said, "We are heartened to see one of our homegrown companies take the initiative to be an Asian pioneer in 3D production for the international TV market. This collaboration will further enable us to deliver high quality 3D productions with global appeal, whilst capitalising on Singapore’s recognized strength in factual documentaries."
Singapore’s foremost post production company and experts in 3D post production, Blackmagic Design, will be handling some aspects of the final post production process for this series.
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About Beach House
Beach House Pictures is an award-winning production company based in Singapore that specialises in factual television entertainment. The company has established strong relationships with many producers, broadcasters and business organisations worldwide; working closely with them to produce original television content and corporate films that encapsulate the vibrant Asian spirit for the international market.
In 2008 Beach House joined forces with internationally acclaimed documentary maker NHNZ to create a formidable Asian television production powerhouse. Together the accomplished duo will bring even more of Asia’s stories to the world's attention through groundbreaking projects guaranteed to engage, entertain and inform audiences around the globe. For more information visitwww.beachhousepictures.com
NHNZ is one of the world’s largest producers of factual television creating over 60 hours of innovative programming for audiences around the globe. Highly regarded for their work in the natural world, NHNZ sets new standards with documentaries from the world of science, history, adventure and people. The company’s storytelling prowess spans three decades and has been recognized with more than 250 international awards including Emmy awards and a prestigious Wildscreen Panda. In addition to its base in Dunedin, New Zealand, NHNZ has offices in Beijing and Washington DC, and has shareholdings in Singapore production company Beach House Pictures and Aquavision TV Productions in South Africa. For more information visit www.nhnz.tv
About the Media Development Authority of Singapore
Formed in 2003, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) plays a vital role in transforming Singapore into a Trusted Global Capital for New Asia Media. MDA spearheads initiatives that promote industry growth I film, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation and Interactive Digital Media. At the same time, in ensuring clear and consistent regulatory policies and guidelines, MDA helps to foster a pro-business environment for industry players and increase media choices for consumers. For more information, visit www.mda.gov.sg and www.smf.sg