SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 7, 2018 – FOX Networks Group Asia (“FNG Asia”) flagship Chinese movies channel, SCM (衛視電影台) announced today that they will invest and co-produce a slate of four feature films developed by mm2 Entertainment Pte. Ltd. (“mm2 Entertainment”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange-listed mm2 Asia Ltd. (“mm2 Asia”).
FNG’s investment springs from its longstanding commitment to make bold investments in premium original productions, as well as quality acquired content, to ignite imaginations in Asia.
Cora Yim, Senior Vice President and Head of Chinese Entertainment at FOX Networks Group Asia, said, “Investing in Asia’s next generation of creative talent is a top priority for FOX Networks Group Asia. By developing amazing scriptwriters in the region, we can bring even more awe-inspiring stories to life. We are thrilled to support mm2 Entertainment in taking promising content from conception, to script, to viewers across the region.”
These four films came from a Scriptwriting Masterclass (a four-day workshop conducted in March 2016), and Scriptwriter’s Lab (a six-month programme held from July to December 2016 mentored by renowned Hong Kong scriptwriters Sunny Chan and Jack Ng), in a partnership between mm2 Entertainment and the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA).
“We’re very pleased with FNG’s investment in the development of this slate of movies,” said Ng Say Yong, Chief Content Officer of mm2 Entertainment. “Their regional presence and expertise have helped shape the creative and commercial texture of these films, to ensure their reach to audiences beyond Singapore.”
Two of these movies, Shadows and Scared To Death, will be shot in Hong Kong, while the other two, Number One and The Fatekeepers, in Singapore and Malaysia. This collaboration will further leverage on the two companies’ respective strengths on the creative development and distribution of the four films.
About the Films
Genre: Family Comedy
Director: Ong Kuo Sin
Writer: Jaspers Lai
Cast: Mark Lee, Jaspers Lai, Kiwebaby, Darius Tan, Gadrick Chin, Henry Thia
Synopsis: Number One is a heart-warming family comedy that follows the story of Chee Beng, a retrenched middle-aged white-collar manager who applies for a job at a nightclub featuring … drag queens! He’s dragged screaming and kicking into the show and forced to strike a delicate balance between his increasing popularity and hiding that double life from his wife and teenage son.
Scared to Death
Genre: Horror Comedy
Director: Mark Lee
Writer: Allan Ho
Synopsis: Xiaogui is a timid ghost, but he has to win the underworld’s “Scare People to Death” Olympics in order to be reborn. Although he’s scared to death, he’s determined to win the competition so he can stop his dream girl from marrying a jerk.
Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Glenn Chan
Writer: Chiang Kai Xiang, Link Sng
Synopsis: A psychiatrist with the ability to enter and influence the subconscious minds of criminals must track down a psychological killer who has the same ability, to stop him committing more crimes in order to overcome demons from her own traumatic past.
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Director: Daniel Yam
Writer: Kenneth Hu, Wen Xue Ying
Synopsis: As Singapore is shaken by a series of unfortunate events, the fate of the country lies in the hands of five youths, who must overcome all odds to reset Singapore’s feng shui formation and save the country from impending doom.
SCM (衛視電影台) (formerly known as STAR Chinese Movies) is the No. 1 Chinese movie channel in Asia and is the premier destination for lovers of blockbuster Chinese cinema, with more than 1,000 titles in its film inventory. SCM is dedicated to providing first-run, premium content as well as cutting-edge advanced services. Premiering box-office hits from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, SCM guarantees exclusives from top Chinese and Asian producers and major studios such as Emperor Motion Pictures, Media Asia, Pegasus and Fortune Star. In addition to hit movies, SCM also offers a powerful combination of original production (miniseries), live events, major concerts and acclaimed Asian documentaries in Cantonese or Mandarin with Chinese and English as well as Bahasa Indonesia and Thai subtitles. With this unrivalled content, the channel provides an unmatched entertainment experience.
About mm2 Entertainment
Headquartered in Singapore, mm2 Entertainment is a producer of films and TV/online content. mm2 Entertainment provides services that cover the entire film-making process, including securing financing, production and distribution, as well as securing advertising and sponsorship. mm2 Entertainment has country offices and strategic partnerships in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and the U.S.
To date, mm2 Entertainment has produced and distributed over 100 film across Asia since 2008. mm2 Entertainment's productions such as the “Ah Boys to Men” franchise and “Vampire Cleanup Department” have garnered commercial success. In 2018, mm2 productions received critical acclaim, of which “A Land Imagined” won the Golden Leopard at the 71st Locarno Film Festival, and “Guang” was nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress in the Asian New Talent Award category at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival.
mm2 Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd. (SGX stock code: 1B0) - the first Singaporean film production company to be listed on the SGX Mainboard.