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We have the pleasure to introduce our new commercial Executive Producer: Daniel Gordon Jones. With decades of experience in advertising agencies and in the Vietnamese Market, Daniel joins our group to reboot the commercial production department.

Daniel J. Gordon Jones

22 years in the creative, media & marketing industry. Building world-class teams producing world-class work. Emphasis on cut-through, creative campaigns, resulting in ROI, profitability & growth for brands. Worked on over 50 ATL campaigns including Lipton, Vinamilk, Heineken, Coors Light, Saigon Special, San Miguel, Honda, Nokia, Perfetti, Wrigley, Nutifood, Wonderfarm, Abbott Labs, TP Bank, BIDV, HSBC, ANZ, Bluescope Steel, Mobifone, SFone.

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20 YEARS LATER
06Jan
2016

In 2015, the CREATV Company celebrated 20 years of activity in Vietnam. Being a true pioneer of the film and television industry, we continue to set the standard and have trained a generation of successful filmmakers. We would like to thank our clients and partners over those 20 years and look forward to the exciting times in the decades to come.

Looking back at last year’s business and to write a review about it took me back 20 years, to 1995 when I first set foot in Vietnam. Vietnam had just opened it’s doors to the market economy and the country was reaching out to it’s overseas children to comeback and participate in the reconstruction of the nation.  My father was one of it’s son’s who was called back because of his prestigious aura as inventor and designer. I had just completed a feature length documentary about the uprising of Zapatista rebels in Mexico and was promoting it in L.A, when my Dad sent me a visa invitation right on the day the embargo was lifted.  I landed at Tan Son Nhat in 1995 during a Solar Eclipse, this place was still a secret jewel. Vietnam was turning a page, the future was a blank chapter, we had a dream and we started to write the book. We would make our own films in Vietnam, as well as bringing the largest international productions to shoot here.

In those years, there were no private production companies, we could only work with state owned studios with whom we had a technology transfer contract. The first multi-national companies had just set up business with all major advertising agencies following them; we were settling in and were in high demand of local production to introduce their products. The new struggle was to make international standard productions available in Vietnam.  Imagine that just years before, the concept of brands had not existed and no one had been exposed to television commercials.  Products had no names; they were called soap, shampoo, meat or engine. They were just shown on television when the state couldn’t sell them, so naturally, people had the impression that if products were on television, it was because they were bad. So we had to convince them that TVCs were about good products.

These infancy years were marked by the first Asian financial crisis and the millennium.  The ‘98 crisis was a reality check but Vietnam was granted Most Favoured Nation status the following year. Then private production companies were given licenses to offer their services and Creatv was one of the first of those. Soon we had the Internet.  The Y2K bug never came.  Then we all had mobile phones. By then, the GDP growth was keeping steady and we thought it would never end. These  were the years of the electrification of the nation, processing zones were blooming like mushrooms after the rain and the  first supermarkets opened their doors to millions of curious new customers. This really boosted our industry and the Vietnam creative circle was born.

From 2005, business continued to grow. People were allowed to borrow money, buy and sell land, fortunes were made and then Vietnam entered the World Trade Organization and the concert of the global market. Private Production companies were given more opportunities and were now allowed to produce feature films and television programs. Can you imagine 10 years ago there were less than 30 cinema screens in the the whole country and cable TV was only available in hotels for foreigners. During those years, we still shot on film and had to process the footage overseas. We used 1.4 megabyte diskettes and post production had to be done abroad.

My vision was to make it happen in Vietnam, so very early on, we were the first to develop creative ways to achieve the film-look with digital cameras and started to develop our own post-production department. It has to be noted that most of the TV stations would only accept our commercials on VHS PAL then… We started to be very busy and needed more and more staff to deliver to our clients, so we trained a generation of producers to our international standards. In these years of innocence we discovered many talents who are now on Vietnam’s A-list. A long list of technicians, cameramen, directors, actors and many actresses who were given their first chance with us and who all remember the CREATV film school where they all started.

The industry continued to grow, when the government allowed private TV stations, so just as the theater screens that now almost reach 200, cable TV stations filled our screens with more choices. Then Vietnam was not a secret anymore and new generations of overseas Vietnamese came back to find new opportunities they couldn’t find in their adoptive country. And Vietnamese kids went to study overseas, creating a new pool of local talent.

More recently the dramatic digital age arrived, sending film cameras to the museums and democratizing video making to the world population.  And with that, most of the staff we trained had grown their wings and flew the nest; they opened shop and it was now their turn.  In the last few years, new production houses have been popping up regularly, increasing the competition to an intense level. Meanwhile we have grown bigger and are able to turn this competition into clients who now regularly rent our filming studios.

20 incredible years have passed and we continue to set the standard. There was always another pillar to our development: the international services. Although, it is today more and more difficult to land a small job from a local client, the largest American and European networks and film studios regularly come to The CREATV Company to produce their shows in Vietnam. Our vision is on track, Vietnam is now a place where films can be made. We have come of age. It is now time to fulfill what we came here to achieve. Stay tuned…

2015 in review: Local productions

High-end TV Commercials

Crafting high-end TV commercials in Vietnam for demanding clients and agencies, requires experience, dedication and the upmost commitment to excellence. Shoot and post in Vietnam. The CREATV Company. Dedicated to excellence in everything thing we do.

Click here to view our Commercial Showreel 

2015 went Viral

2015 was another year of continuing changes in media production. Clients and Agencies created hundreds of new spots for the internet. Not all Digital campaigns become Viral, but CREATV’s productions attracted close to 10 Million views.

Browse our Portfolio

From a bird’s eye view

This year, aerial cinematography became a “must-have” requirement for visually stunning productions. The CREATV Company flew drones all across the country: from the North, Center and Southern regions – incorporating some of the most difficult, challenging and thoroughly spectacular locations.

Come fly with me

Studio Facilities

Our film studios were in high demand from other commercial houses in town. CREATV’s  dedication to discrete and confidential support services ensured around the clock assistance to meet any challenge presented. Production friends & associates are always welcome at CREATV Studios!

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Does your script require exotic locations, breathtaking sceneries, unexploited world marvels? Are you tired of shooting in Thailand, Spain or South Africa? Or does your story simply take place in Vietnam but never thought you could shoot here?
Think Vietnam.
Think CREATV Company, your production partner in S.E. Asia.

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This month, Créa TV is excited to announce the opening of our new Online and Davinci Resolve Color Grading Suite. Adding up to our existing editing and audio suites, this new post production service allows us to finish all projects in house from TVCs to Feature Films. A new service for our One-Stop-Shop Facility.

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The upgrade of our post production facility allows our producers to offer the full in house experience of film making to our partners and clients.

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Starting with our 2 audio treated/air-conditioned sound stages, our fully equipped production offices and post-production suites with 2 audio mixing rooms as well as 2 offline cutting rooms and now brand new online and Grading suite.

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Créa TV is Southeast Asia’s foremost film production companies bringing unparalleled experience to the making of high-end commercials, television programs, corporate films, films and more recently offering news and media services. After more than 15 years of operations based in Vietnam and working within the region, Créa TV has built a unique infrastructure with production offices, 2 sound stages and an in house post-production facility. And we have extensive partnerships and resources throughout SE Asia

Essentially we provide film and production services to International Productions Houses, International Television Broadcasters, and International Ad agencies. Our recent shows and clients include: CBS Primetime USA (The Amazing Race Ep 22.5, March 2013), Warner Bros USA (The Bachelor Ep. 18.5, Feb 2014), Paramount Pictures, Fandago Italy (La Vita di Oriana, March 2014), ABC News USA (John Kerry in Vietnam,  December 2013, Malaysian Airlines MH370 missing plane – Vietnam/Malaysia/Thailand, March 2014) and BBC’s Top Gear Special Burma 2014 through our new associate partner Terry Gordon, from Asia Film Fixers

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We have completed the renovations of our Studio B:
– Sound treatment (walls, ceiling, door)
– ceiling light grid
Next: Studio A
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Production Offices and Lounges

These past few month Créa TV has been renovating its facility big time!

 

Interior Designer Michele de Albert was invited to create a fresh working environment as well as a new onsite accommodation guest house. Transparency and openness were the guidelines to her work-frame.

 

 

 

 

The production offices entrance is a bright graphic  perspective leading to the new reception tiled space that opens on the producers area.

 

 

 

Michele incorporated modern workstations for the team of producers to work collaboratively.

 

 

 

The Executives wanted an open space to be working closer with their collaborators as well as being able to communicate easily.

 

 

And a large monitor linked to the network was installed for presentations and screenings.

 

 

 

 

 

For our new client’s lounge, Michele chose a theme of  taupe tones to go along with the Quasar Khanh Nervure cast aluminum and marble furniture.

Wooden Venetian blinds were added to give a cozy atmosphere, along with a wooden back-lit bar and a transparent beer fridge as per Executive Producer Steve Mc Lennan’s request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final touch to the production offices, a V.I.P. lounge was created for private meetings.

Michele chose a Créa TV orange upholstery for one of the sofa as a “clin d’oeil” to the brand’s corporate color.

 

 

 

 

Guest Accommodations

 

 

 

Créa TV wanted a new section of the compound to accommodate guests and filming crews, so the Villa was opened to the common areas.

 

 

 

 

First a bright dining room for crews and studio guests with a large wooden and metal table as a centerpiece, with convivial assorted benches.

 

And finally, a guestroom for incoming directors of technicians to spend the night after a long day shoot and be ready on set in the wee hours!

 

 

 

Merci Michele de Albert!

Photo credit: Fred Wissink, June 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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After almost 2 years dedication and perseverance, Créa TV is proud to announce that our co-production with Babel Entertainment Canada “the Tale of An Phuc House” has won the BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the New York City International Film Festival

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130623-vietnam-ao-story-wins-best-documentary-at-new-york-film-fest.aspx

 

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Article in Tuoi Tre this morning (4 June 3013) :
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Documentary VN Agent Orange victims in New York competition
03/06/2013 02:14 (GMT + 7)
TT – The Organizing Committee International Film Festival New York (NYCIFF, taking place from 13 to 20-6 in New York, USA) has announced the list of films nominated documentaries, including a film documentation VN Agent Orange victims by Babel Entertainment Company (Canada) and Crea TV (VN) co-production.
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A Documentary  film on Myanmar economic growth

FILM PROJECT

We intend to produce a reference documentary film on the economic development in Myanmar.

This film will include interviews of important economic operators installed in the country for many years familiar with the Burmese economy. They will talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the local economy; its potential and eventual investment brakes.

But the film will also highlight that Burma has massive economic potential. It has one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world, as well as other minerals, and is geographically well positioned to be a gateway for trade.

Burma sits indeed between India and China, with ports on the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea. If developed with more rail and pipeline projects, Burma could link Asean with India and the rest of South Asia.

The film will naturally include images of the main economic centers of the capital Yangon (the business district, the port, the city center…) as well as tourist places most taken (Shwedagon Pagoda, Golden Rock Kyaikto, Yangon circular train Karaweik Palace Kandawgyi Park) insofar Burma’s industries such as tourism have not been developed to their full potential.

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GENERAL FRAMEWORK

Prosperous country in the 1950s, Burma is now one of the poorest countries in the region. However, the country has significant advantages: abundant raw materials (mining, timber, oil and gas), a market of over 62 million consumers, a skilled cheap labor and a strong regional integration, because of its membership in ASEAN since 1997 and its close ties with China and India.

Moreover, the inauguration of the new government in March 2011, preceded in 2010 by a movement of privatization has been accompanied by an acceleration of economic reforms. A floating exchange rate was introduced on 1 April 2012. Taxation on trade has been simplified and reduced.

The system for granting import licenses relating to export earnings has been relaxed. President Thein Sein is committed to making the economy a priority in a second wave of reforms in response to the interest of major international companies after the lifting of U.S. and European sanctions.

A law on foreign investment was adopted on 7 September 2012, supposed to encourage capital inflows, raising a number of barriers to investment in agriculture, fisheries, industry and tourism. International financial institutions and the government are in talks for several months about the resolution of the debt Burma to allow the resumption of lending.

The Paris Club and the Burmese government signed an important agreement on January 24, canceling 60% of Burma’s debt. The rest will be rescheduled over fifteen years. This agreement is another sign of the confidence that the international community is giving to the reformist regime in Burma. And with the gradual opening up to competition, the Burmese government plans an annual growth of 7.7% over five years.

For a long time, few Western companies were operating in Burma. This period of time is over. A new process has been activated and, for sure, nobody is willing to stop it for now. Burma is a new land of opportunities with a huge potential, as was Vietnam in early 90’s when it started to open itself to the outside world.

 

 

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