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Fremantle Acquires Seaside Home Footage

Fremantle has taken a majority stake in one in every of Asia’s largest unbiased TV and movie manufacturing firms, Seaside Home Footage. Based mostly in Singapore, Seaside Home’s credit embody the Emmy-nominated Netflix way of life sequence Thoughts Your Manners and the Buzzies-winning documentary sequence for Amazon Prime & Curiosity, Evolve.

Fremantle mentioned immediately that the acquisition additional underlines its strategic development plans to put money into and accomplice with premium manufacturing firms and work with distinctive artistic expertise.

Based in 2005 by producers Donovan Chan and Jocelyn Little, Seaside Home Footage focuses on creating and co-financing unique IP throughout non-scripted, scripted, leisure and brand-funded programming for all main regional and worldwide platforms. 

Alongside these cited above, BHP’s most up-to-date productions embody Netflix Indonesia’s documentary function Ice Chilly: Homicide, Espresso and Jessica Wongso; Netflix World High 5 true crime documentary Lacking: The Lucie Blackman Case; Asian TV Award-winner scripted kids’s sequence Mr Midnight (Netflix) and wildlife drama Otter Dynasty (Max/Discovery+, Love Nature). 

BHP additionally produces long-running franchises together with Masterchef Singapore (Mediacorp), Ed Stafford: First Man Out (Discovery+, Bilibili) and Wild Metropolis with David Attenborough (Netflix, Sky, BBC America).

The corporate is at present in manufacturing on the IMAX documentary function The Elephant Odyssey, the Sung Kang-led automotive tradition sequence The Journey Life for Perception TV and wildlife meets survival documentary sequence Survival of the Beast for Love Nature. 

In 2021 BHP took a majority stake in Singapore-based Momo Movie Co to additional develop its scripted output and prolong its attain throughout South-East Asia. Momo Movie Co’s initiatives embody Dreaming & Dying which received two awards on the 2023 Locarno Movie Competition in addition to A Helpful Ghost and Don’t Cry, Butterfly.

Jennifer Mullin, Group CEO, Fremantle, commented, “Fremantle invests in and works with one of the best creatives within the business, and Jocelyn, Donovan and the crew at Seaside Home Footage are precisely that. Their style and method to storytelling is inspirational. Asia is a dynamic market and one we’ve focused for strategic development, and I’m proud we’ve discovered a beautiful accomplice in Seaside Home Footage to be a part of our household.”

Ganesh Rajaram, CEO Asia and Latam, Fremantle, added, “We’ve got been on the lookout for the appropriate accomplice in Asia to increase our output and footprint, and I can consider nobody higher than Jocelyn, Donovan and full crew at Seaside Home Footage. They’re a real powerhouse, with nice synergies to our enterprise, and we’re fortunate to welcome them into the Fremantle household.”

For BHP founders Jocelyn Little and Donovan Chan, “This can be a important milestone within the development of Seaside Home Footage; from a small and scrappy documentary firm over 18 years in the past to the multi-genre Asian tremendous indie immediately. We’re very happy with what we’ve achieved however we’re much more excited concerning the many issues we will construct along with our new companions Fremantle, whose immense scale and attain, unbelievable high quality and deep library of codecs is second to none.”

The funding in Seaside Home Footage follows a lot of acquisitions and step-ups made by Fremantle in 2023 and 2022, together with Belgium-based A Crew Productions, UK manufacturing firm Dancing Ledge Productions, scripted Italian manufacturing firm Lux Vide, worldwide improvement and manufacturing firm Fabel, Australian-American tv manufacturing firm Eureka Productions, Irish manufacturing firm Aspect Footage, 72 Movies, Wildstar Movies and Silvio Productions.

As a part of the transaction introduced immediately, Blue Ant Media has offered its stake in Seaside Home Footage. Monetary phrases weren’t disclosed.

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