Steel forges Korean ties

Int'l distrib released 'Rings,' 'T3' locally

The Los Angeles-based Steel Co. will rep the film interests of Korea’s Cinema Service on a worldwide basis.

An international film consultancy headed by Gordon Steel, the Steel Co. is working to arrange international and domestic distribution for Cinema Service’s “Silmido,” the biggest B.O. hit in Korean history.

A producer, distributor and financier headed by president Michael Kim, Cinema Service also handled the Korean release of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as well as “Terminator 3.” Other Korean productions include “My Sassy Girl,” which is in development at DreamWorks for an English-language remake.

The Steel Co. has worked in Korea since 1990, started with Samsung. Steel went on to represent CJ Entertainment, an original equity investor in DreamWorks, before moving to Cinema Service.

The Steel Co. is also working to arrange distribution for Pony Canyon’s “Bayside Shakedown 2,” Japan’s biggest grossing live-action film ever. Both “Silmido” and “Bayside Shakedown 2” will screen at the upcoming American Film Market.

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