Hyoe Yamamoto, Creative Director, Vesuvius Pictures; Deborah Barillas, Managing Director, Vesuvius Pictures; and Felix Feng, General Manager, Beach House Pictures
Beach House Pictures (BHP), a Blue Ant Media company, announced a significant expansion of its operations throughout Asia Pacific with the majority stake acquisition of Tokyo-based production company, Vesuvius Pictures and the appointment of Felix Feng to General Manager, Beach House Pictures China, which supports the company’s ever-growing slate of China-based productions for Chinese audiences.
Vesuvius Pictures’ co-founders Hyoe Yamamoto and Deborah Barillas will maintain a minority stake in the production company and their roles as Creative Director and Managing Director, respectively. Both will report to Jocelyn Little, Managing Director and Donovan Chan, Creative Director, Beach House Pictures.
Felix Feng will be based in Beijing and also reports to Donovan Chan and Jocelyn Little. The executive is charged with growing and overseeing an exciting slate of broadcast, digital and branded content for the China market and international distribution. His role will also include overseeing the company’s development and production, while also creating and maintaining relationships and business in the region.
“China and Japan are two of the world’s fastest growing TV markets and if you take the future of premium content seriously, you would want to be there. With this latest expansion, Beach House Pictures is poised for significant growth in 2021 and beyond,” said Donovan Chan, Creative Director, Beach House Pictures.
“These investments in Japan and China reflect our excitement about these two markets, as well as the creative and economic dynamism of the Asia Pacific region in general. We are honoured to welcome Hyoe, Deborah and Felix to our company,” said Sam Sniderman, Co-president, Global Production, Blue Ant Media.
Vesuvius Pictures specializes in premium original Factual, Factual Entertainment, Reality and Scripted programming. Founded in 2012, the production company’s credits include high profile fiction and documentary films. The acquisition of Vesuvius Pictures complements BHP’s production capacity as a creator of scripted and unscripted programming for international and U.S.-based streamers and broadcasters.
These investments in Japan and China reflect our excitement about these two markets, as well as the creative and economic dynamism of the Asia Pacific region in general” Sam Sniderman Co-president, Global Production, Blue Ant Media