"Beyond Beijing" was an international documentary mini-series (4 X 58") seen in 43 countries by 250+ million people worldwide. Episode #1 is a surprising look at city life in a country where Adam Smith has now joined Karl Marx as required reading, and nothing will ever be the same. I was Series Producer, as well as Writer.
Episode #1: Shanghai.
This is a tale of what seems to be two cities. On the west bank of Shanghai’s legendary Huangpu River stands Puxi, its most recognizable feature The Bund... a brilliantly-lit collection of Art Deco buildings from the early 20th Century. On the east bank is Pudong… its glittering and futuristic skyline a testament to China’s return as a center of international commerce. Together they comprise modern Shanghai.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve as only Shanghai can. Then meet an American couple whose journey to China was as intense as it was rewarding, and three local artists who took very different paths to achieve their creative dreams.
Also featured are a top Asian fashion designer, a “lady boxer,” an Israeli photographer racing to save evidence of an all-but-vanished “Jewish Shanghai” and a wealthy Canadian businessman on a similar mission to preserve examples the city’s fast-disappearing Chinese architectural heritage.
I was the Series Producer/Writer, as well as Producer/Director of selected segments. It would never have been possible without the help of Co-Producer Jiang Weihui. The Coordinating Producer was Julie Jinwen Dai. The series was narrated by Chris Verrell. The Executive-in-Charge of Production for Viewpoint Communications was Sun Lianggang.