Jelly Bean repping five-part 'History'
“Memoirs of a Geisha” star Michelle Yeoh’s jointly owned shingle, Jelly Bean Film & Distribution, is selling its first productions at Hong Kong’s FilMart, which opened Monday.Jelly Bean is repping “Remembering History,” five high-definition documentary skeins about aspects of Chinese history. Directed over five years by TV and sports helmer Fiver Chen, the 86-episode skeins delve into subjects as diverse as sky burials, paper-making and the Lee family roots. One series examines the ancestry of 14 generations of Tibet’s Dalai Lama spiritual leaders and the process of reincarnation. “Just as our company is looking for films from a fresh, different point of view, Fiver was looking to make films with a meaningful approach to history,” said Yeoh’s business partner, Jelly Bean prexy Sabrina Chen-Louie. “There appears to be good demand for strong HD content.” Company has world rights including China to the docu skeins, and Chen-Louie reports strong Chinese interest for all the series except the Dalai Lama episodes, which are too politically sensitive after the recent Tibetan unrest. Yeoh was previously co-owner of Hong Kong-based shingle Han Media (“Silver Hawk”) but has recently concentrated on her acting career. FilMart ends Thursday.