Welcome to Matavia. We are an international television and digital production company, specialising in high-end factual and travel content. Our track record demonstrates a passion for delivering award-winning content to international broadcasters including Discovery, NatGeo and the BBC. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we employ a bespoke pool of local and international production talent, while maintaining our strong connections to the industry across Asia, the UK and Australia.
Drawing on our strong factual storytelling expertise and combining it with sophisticated design skills and in-house facilities, Matavia provides complete creative production and post-production services, on a range of media requirements from general corporate profiles and marketing films, to specific investor relations videos.
Matavia has successfully delivered quality communications products and solutions to a range of clients including leading broadcasters, consumer brands, telcos, property developers, engineering, manufacturing and tourism/hospitality companies.
Managing Director / Executive Producer
As Managing Director and Executive Producer, Ira founded Matavia in 2005, following 9 years of service as a Content Development and Business Affairs Manager with Malaysia's leading international satellite Pay-TV operator, ASTRO.
Since Matavia's inception, Ira has built and guided a team of dedicated producers and editors to ensure a constant delivery of high quality content to both local and international networks, as well as inspiring them to continuously break new grounds in content creation. In addition, Matavia is regularly chosen by both government and other independent agencies to supervise and produce co-pro content for notable international broadcasters such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Executive Producer / Creative Director
Following 7 years as an award-winning Executive Producer for Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Emile joined Matavia in early 2018, bringing with him a wealth of production experience in both the Asia-Pacific region, and his native UK. During his years at Discovery, Emile was based in Singapore, but reported into DNI (Discovery Networks International) in London, under the creative stewardship of Global EVP Julian Bellamy.
Under the mantra ‘local to global’, Emile’s mandate was to oversee a portfolio of blue-chip Discovery content out of Australia and Asia, with several titles being picked up for the UK and US. Emile is now active in helping Matavia develop and produce a slate of innovative content for factual networks and platforms around the world.
Luke Pike has been in the television industry in South Australia for over 25 years. After working for GTS/BKN and WIN, Luke moved to Adelaide and has worked for the Ten Network, Seven Network and the ABC in various full time and freelance capacities since 1995.
In 2009 Luke began filming for a proposed series on the abalone divers of the West Coast of South Australia. The multi award winning series now called Abalone Wars, has since enjoyed unparalleled ratings success in Australia and New Zealand and has screened all over the world including on USA Shark Week. Working as a cameraman/producer in conjunction with Australian owned New Zealand production company NHNZ (a renowned producer of film and television for major broadcasters worldwide), Luke has now completed five seasons with the show.
With experiences in the various forms of media, Jasmin has overseen many of the company's production with her extensive working knowledge of the multiple platforms.
She began her broadcasting career as a Content Editor for the Interactive Division of Airtime Management & Programming (ASTRO Radio) in Malaysia and worked abroad in Switzerland for Reihe13 where she was able to specialise in media management for events, design and publishing.
With over 10 years of production managing experience, Jasmin ensures proper organisation and that all production timelines at Matavia are met efficiently and produced with the highest quality.
Alan is an experienced scriptwriter who has worked on a few documentary productions for Discovery Channel. His past experience includes writing articles for The Diplomat (Australia’s premier magazine specializing in current and foreign affairs) and Lonely Planet guides. He has also worked as a field producer and coordinator for a whole host of international documentary films and news features for BBC TV (UK), ABC TV (AU), SBS TV (AU), ABC TV (USA) and NatGeo.
With excellent communication and organising skills, Nicole has effectively produced and assisted in various projects at Matavia. A self-motivated team member, Nicole oversees and assists in managing the budgets and production schedules while assisting and meeting the needs of the crew on set. With over 10 years of professional experience as a producer and coordinator, Nicole has been an invaluable team member for her strong attention to details.
Head of Production
Reduan began his video photography career with local broadcasters such as Media Prima and ASTRO. He then went on to further develop his skills in factual programming following stints with international broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, NatGeo, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. Armed with a flair for capturing moments that tell a story, Reduan leads a young and talented camera and sound crew at Matavia.
Head of Post-Production
With over 18 years of experience under his belt, Yap is a sought after Post Production Editor who has raked up an impressive portfolio of clients and documentaries for a few notable international broadcasters such as BBC Network, Discovery Channel, The Crime and Investigation Network, and The History Channel. Combined with a solid technical know-how on video editing, Yap maintains a team of video editing professionals who strive in producing quality online and offline content at Matavia.
In this one-off special, Discovery joins forces with acclaimed engineer and inventor, Dr Jordan Nguyen, as he reveals how East Africa is undergoing a digital revolution, and how Tanzania is about to see its high-speed internet access transform overnight.
Malaysian TV actress and model, Diana Danielle plays host to a group of international female travellers in an exciting road trip format that combines travel, food and adventure. Diana and her travel companions comprising of celebrity influencers from China, Taiwan, India and Australia will journey through bustling cities, towns and rustic settings to rediscover some of Malaysia’s amazing travel destinations.
TV host and actor Henry Golding, is on a personal mission to discover his tribal roots. A descendant of the once feared Iban tribe of Sarawak, Borneo, Henry wants to attain his ‘Bejalai’, an Iban rites of passage, before he marries. In accordance with the ancient ‘Bejalai’, Henry must journey to unfamiliar lands in a bid to challenge himself and to acquire new knowledge and skills. A journey which takes him from his own Iban homeland in Betong to the mountainous region of Bario home to the Kelabit Tribe, and finally into the deepest interiors of Sarawak to seek out the mysterious Penans, Borneo’s last remaining nomadic tribe.
- Asian TV Awards 2017 Nominee
Continuing under the series Wildlife Defenders, this new behind-the-scenes, two-part documentary special will lay bare the dangers facing Borneo’s wildlife and the unrelenting work and challenges of the men and women of the Sabah Wildlife Department, working to stem the tide of wildlife extermination. With our unique access, this documentary is shown through the eyes of the people who fight the daily battle of wildlife conservation.
Join British‐Malaysian host Henry Golding as he embarks on a journey to retrace the fateful climbing expedition on Mt. Kinabalu, and to unearth new scientific research concerning Malaysia’s potential susceptibility to future earthquakes.
- Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Winner
- Asian TV Awards 2016 Nominee
WILDLIFE DEFENDERS 2 (2016)
2-Part Documentary Series (Discovery Networks)
MALAYSIA'S FLOOD WARRIORS (2016)
1-Hour Documentary (Discovery Networks)
EYE ON MALAYSIA 3 (2015)
5-Part Documentary Series (Discovery Networks)
THE DOUGH DOLL MAKER (2014)
1-Hour Documentary (FINAS)
MALURI SOUTH PORTAL (2014)
Corporate Video (FCB Construction Sdn Bhd)
WILDLIFE DEFENDERS (2013)
3-Part Documentary Series (Discovery Networks)
3-Part Documentary Series (FINAS)
EYE ON BORNEO (2012)
5-Part Documentary Series (FINAS)
PERSADA DUNIA (2012)
6-Part Documentary Series (FINAS)
ASIAN DEADLIEST SNAKES: MALAYSIA (2011)
1-Hour Documentary with Beach House Pictures SG (National Geographic)
EYE ON MALAYSIA (2010)
5-Part Documentary Series (Discovery Networks)
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD (2009)
Half-Hour Documentary (Malaysian Terrestrial TV)
THAILAND TOURISM VIGNETTES - RESORT AND SPA (2008)
60-Seconds Vignette (Discovery Networks)
MAN MADE MARVELS: KL FLOOD MITIGATION (2008)
Half-Hour Documentary with Natural History NZ (Discovery Networks)
SECRETS OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (2008)
6-Part Documentary Series (The History Channel)
FIRST TIME FILMMAKERS MALAYSIA (2007)
5-Part Documentary Series (Discovery Networks)
MALAYSIAN TOURISM: PENANG AND PAHANG (2007)
60-Seconds Vignettes (Discovery Networks)
ANUAR ZAIN AIDILFITRI - DI PERANTAUAN (2005)
90-Minutes Musical Travelogue (ASTRO Ria)
In addition to end-to-end production of original content, we are sought after to provide research, consultancy and production support services for leading international producers and broadcasters such as BBC, Channel 4 (UK), National Geographic Channel, Natural History New Zealand, SBS Australia and Travel Channel US. Our reputation for strong storytelling skills is also evident in corporate and commercial projects for clients such as Sony, Tourism Malaysia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.