Donovan is a founding partner of Beach House Pictures and amongst Asia’s leading documentary and unscripted Showrunners. As CD, Donovan oversees business and content development for BHP, strategizing growth in key markets like the US, China and Japan, as well as developing non-scripted and scripted content with SVOD players such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+; and in China, with Tencent, Bilibili and Youku to name a few. Over the past 15 years, Donovan has executive produced highly rated shows such as Discovery International’s flagship series Ed Stafford: First Man Out and Ed Stafford: Man Woman Child Wild; brand supported Nat Geo series Record Rides; CCTV9’s Art of Craft series; and the Celebration Nation series for Tencent and Nat Geo. His award-winning shows span travel (Lonely Planet Six Degrees, TLC), food & adventure (Nomad Chef, TLC) and science & engineering (Megastructures: Singapore’s Vegas, Nat Geo). Donovan was Executive Producer for 15 ground-breaking 3D documentaries for Discovery and Nat Geo, as well as the blockbuster Nat Geo/Tencent special China From Above, which pulled in a record 300 million views in China. Season 2 of Ed Stafford: First Man Out in China broke 45 million views, unprecedented for Bilibili in 2020. Donovan just released a feature documentary Top Dog India as director and executive producer. Donovan is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a sought-after speaker and judge at international TV conferences and festivals.
Beach House Pictures (BHP), a Blue Ant Media production company, is one of Asia’s largest indies. Headquartered in Singapore and operating in the US and China, with plans to expand into other territories, Beach House Pictures specializes in factual and unscripted programming for international streamers such as Netflix, Chinese platforms such as Bilibili and CCTV9, and cable networks such as Discovery, Nat Geo and Smithsonian, creating the high-profile series Ed Stafford: First Man Out, Wild City with David Attenborough, Art of Craft, Masterchef Singapore, Raffles: Remaking an Icon and China from Above. For 5 years running, BHP has been voted by its peers and channel commissioners into the Realscreen Global 100 list of the world’s most innovative and respected non-scripted production companies, a testament to its international standing.