Singapore to merge media events

Screen Singapore to run alongside Asia Television Forum

HONG KONG — Singapore will merge its two premier media exhibitions this year, when Screen Singapore will be co-located with the Asia Television Forum and run from Dec. 5 to 7.

The event will take place at the Marina Bay Sans and will be run by Reed Exhibitions, the Media Development Authority said at Filmart, the Hong Kong Intl. TV Market, on Tuesday. Reed Exhibitions is a division of Reed Elsevier, which also owns Variety.

“The year-on-year growth of ATF is a strong indication of Asia’s rising role in the global content market and we believe that the co-location of both shows will promote growth in Asia’s film and television industry,” said Yeo Chun Cheng, MDA director of broadcast, film and music.

Screen Singapore bowed last year and featured big names including Fox topper Jim Gianopulos and “Avatar” producer Jon Landau.

Meanwhile, Fortissimo has bought international rights to “Beijing Flickers,” its second purchase this week at Filmart of a major upcoming film from China.

Pic, helmed by Zhang Yuan and executive produced by China Film’s Han Sanping and Dong Ping, is in post production. It will be released in China this summer.

Among other purchases, Wanda Media has bought Mainland China distribution rights to Taiwan helmer Wei Te-sheng’s war epic “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.”

Wanda Media is the film production and distribution arm of Chinese real estate conglom Wanda Group, and the sister company of cinema circuit Wanda Cinema Line. The release is scheduled for early April.

Meanwhile, Media Asia said it had wrapped the English-language feature, “Lost for Words,” a Hong Kong production with Sean Faris, Will Yun Lee, Hong Kong’s Terence Yin and rising star Grace Huang.

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