Beyond International has added Ron Saunders to its stable of joint venture production companies.

Pacific & Beyond will focus on emerging international opportunities in quality children's television, features and documentary. Saunders is best known for his children's programming and animation. He has been both an independent producer and held senior positions at Yoram Gross-EM TV, Southern Star, Film Australia and the ABC. In the feature film arena he executive produced Napoleon, directed by Mario Andreacchio.

"Given his experience working with international broadcasters including NHK Japan, CCTV China, TVP Poland and ZDF Germany, we look forward to further expanding our production base, and complementing our existing strong international drama and factual programming expertise," said Beyond International managing director Mikael Borglund.