Malaysian Companies Announce Multiple Deals Worth Over RM16 Million at MIPCOM 2016

Published by Mila Ismail @ 19/10/2016

Malaysian Company Delegation.

Malaysian production companies; Primeworks Studios, Animasia Studio, Scubazoo, and Global Station announced multiple deals worth over RM16 million (US$4 million) at MIPCOM 2016, the world's leading entertainment content market in Cannes, France. The announcement was witnessed by Dato' Mohid Mohamed, the Deputy Secretary-General (Policy), Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) and Dato’ Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib, Chairman of FINAS.

Primeworks Studios (Malaysia), Nippon TV and Sumitomo Corporation (Japan)

Primeworks Studios, one of Asia’s largest production companies inked a deal with one of Japan's major broadcaster; Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) and Sumitomo Corporation to co-produce a comedy series titled, Jenaka Kampung Kalut - Season 2. The upcoming season will feature a new Japanese character, Mikan Nakamura who introduces various goods and regional travel destinations from Japan to the villagers.

The project, which was selected for sponsorship by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications due to its outbound and inbound marketing prospects, is slated to air in November 2016 on TV3. Previously, the three companies had worked together in the co-productions of Welcome To The Railworld Japan and Best In The World Japan.

Primeworks Studios (Malaysia) and Portfolio Entertainment (Canada)

Primeworks Studios also signed a deal with Portfolio Entertainment, a Canadian television production and distribution company which acquired the studio’s Welcome to the Railworld Japan, a series on the incredible journey across Japan and Best in the World Japan, a series about the extraordinary culinary delights of the island nation.

“We are proud to be one of the companies that has caught Portfolio Entertainment’s attention in MIPCOM. Through this partnership, Primeworks Studios hopes to bring Asian content to screens across the globe,” said Marini Ramlan, General Manager of Content Innovation and Distribution, Primeworks Studios.

Animasia Studio (Malaysia) and Strika Entertainment (South Africa)

Furthermore, Animasia Studio, the biggest animation service provider in Malaysia signed another deal with Strika Entertainment to produce two new seasons of Supa Strikas, an animated sports action television series which are now broadcasting in over 140 countries around the world. Currently, the 65 eps x 20 min animation series is running in its fifth season and the production of Season 6 and 7 is set to begin in Q2 2017.

"We are extremely proud of the Supa Strikas series as we have seen the brand growing rapidly over the years. Our team is just finishing on Season 5, and we are thrilled with the continuation of the new seasons," said Edmund Chan, Managing Director of Animasia Studio.

Scubazoo (Malaysia) and WildBear Entertainment (Australia)

Scubazoo, an award-winning Malaysian production company, confirmed a deal with WildBear Entertainment, one of Australia's leading producers of factual content to co-produce Borneo's Secret Kingdom; a 3 eps x 50 min blue-chip natural history series, which has been produced for National Geographic Wild Global and ZDF ARTE.

The stunning 4K series follows the mighty Kinabatangan River in Borneo, from its source in the untouched and pristine Maliau Basin, through to the Sulu Sea in the Coral Triangle. Charting the different natural landscapes and the distinctive and diverse species that inhabit each, the series garnered Wildbear Entertainment as the first production company to access the ‘Film in Malaysia Incentive (FIMI)’ for natural history documentary filming.

Global Station (Malaysia), TV Azteca (Mexico), Canal 13 (Chile) and Mediaset (Italy)

In addition, Malaysian production house, Global Station in collaboration with the nation's satellite pay TV, Astro launched the trailers for its new drama series, Papa Ricky and La Loba. Papa Ricky is a drama adaptation from Chile's Canal 13, while La Loba is a spinoff from the hit telenovela series by TV Azteca, one of the world’s largest producers of Spanish language programming. Apart from launching the two new dramas, Global Station also announced a deal with Mediaset to produce the Malaysian version of the Italian production house's 100-episode drama; Tuscan Passion.

The announcement showcased that Malaysian creative content and companies have the potential to transform Malaysia into a hub of creative content with global standards, which is in line with the government’s objectives to produce world-class content and generating larger economic returns within the creative industry and securing deals with long term impact.

(L-R): Azmir Mutalib of Finas; Dato' Khairul Anwar Salleh of Astro; Martha Contreras of Comarex; Datin Zaiton Mohd Jiwa of Global Station; Dato' Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib of FINAS; Dato' Mohid Mohamed of the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia; Dato' Mohd Mahyidin Mustakim, CCAM

(L-R): Azmir Mutalib of Finas; Simon Christopher of Scubazoo Images; Representative of Wildbear Entertainment; Dato' Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib of FINAS; Dato' Mohid Mohamed of the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia; Dato' Mohd Mahyidin Mustakim, CCAM

(L-R): Azmir Mutalib of Finas; Lyn Nazlina Nasihin of Primeworks Studios; Corey Caplan of Portfolio Entertainment; Jonathan Abraham of Portfolio Entertainment; Dato' Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib of FINAS; Dato' Mohid Mohamed of the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia; Dato' Mohd Mahyidin Mustakim, CCAM

(L-R): Azmir Mutalib of Finas; Lyn Nazlina Nasihin of Primeworks Studios; Zurina Othman of Media Prima Group; Taro Ozawa of Nippon TV; Sue Fujimoto of Nippon TV; Dato' Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib of FINAS; Dato' Mohid Mohamed of the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia; Dato' Mohd Mahyidin Mustakim, CCAM

(L-R): Azmir Mutalib of Finas; Richard Morgan of Strika Entertainment; Raye Lee of Animasia Studio; Dato' Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib of FINAS; Dato' Mohid Mohamed of the Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia; Dato' Mohd Mahyidin Mustakim, CCAM