Korea’s CJ Entertainment has entered a film production and investment joint venture with Thailand’s Major Cineplex Group for a slate of about 10 Korean-Thai co-productions and local films during the next three years. CJ will work with Thai talent, both established and emerging, in a bid to grow the local business. The deal will help the company, already Korea’s largest, expand its business across Southeast Asia. Since 2000, it has sold and distributed 290 Korean films in Thailand. CJ film head Jeong Tae-sung says the company aims to become Asia’s No. 1 studio through its “One Source, Multi-Territory” strategy. With its roots in Korea, and with the Chinese market representing “the present,” Southeast Asia is “the future,” said Jeong. CJ recently co-produced 20, Once Again! in China, a local version of 2014 Korean box office hit Miss Granny. In January, the romantic comedy set a box office record for a collaboration. CJ also is planning the Vietnamese take, Sweet 20s. On June 4, it releases musical comedy Cha-Lui Reboot: Lost In Seoul, made with Thailand’s Transformation Films.
Red Arrow Entertainment Group has added James Baker and Henrik Pabst to its management board. Led by CEO Jan Frouman, the board also includes CFO Nina Hirsch, CCO Michael Schmidt and Martin Metzger of Business & Legal Affairs. Pabst will continue to serve as MD for Red Arrow International, while Baker is taking on an expanded operational role that will see him lead the group’s global scripted development and production strategy, in addition to managing Red Arrow’s portfolio of assets and partnerships in the UK. Red Arrow has increased its drive into English-language scripted product with such series as Bosch (Amazon), 100 Code (Sky), The Comedians (FX), Odd Mom Out (Bravo), Donny (USA), Cleverman ABC TV Australia, and Esio Trot (BBC/The Weinstein Co). Red Arrow also recently announced a scripted partnership with Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium Studios.
Indie factual producer CMJ Productions II has sealed three major territory agreements for the inaugural season of its original series Natural Born Outlaws. The 10-part series about the lawmen who brought legendary criminals to justice will air on American Heroes Channel in the U.S., History in Canada and Discovery Channel in the UK and Ireland. Each hourlong episode of Natural Born Outlaws focuses on the rise and fall of one of history’s most notorious criminals and the cat-and-mouse chase that ended their reign of terror.
Ali Jaafar contributed to this report.