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Ivanhoe and Galloping Horse Ride Off With China Rights to ‘Begin Again’

CANNES — Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse Film have jointly acquired the Chinese theatrical and all platform rights for John Carney’s “Begin Again.”

The film, which premiered in Toronto last September, is a comedy about a dejected music executive and a Singer in New York.

Begin Again” is the first acquisition for Ivanhoe, which was formed to finance and produce film and TV projects with global audience appeal, particularly in China, India, Korea, and Japan.  The company is also in development on Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” and have embarked on a four year, multi-picture co-financing deal with Fox International Productions for local language films in five markets across Asia.

The deal was negotiated by Ronan Wong for Beijing Galloping Horse and Brian Kornreich for Ivanhoe Pictures and Alex Walton on behalf of Exclusive.  The Weinstein Company owns North American rights.

Ivanhoe was launched in late 2013 by international financier Robert Friedland. The company is led by veteran producer John Penotti and Beijing based executive Ray Chen. The company aims to finance and produce film and television projects that have broad appeal to a global audience. Initially, it will bridge production opportunities in America and Asia, focusing on China, India, Korea and Japan. It will also pursue English and local-language films in a variety of international markets. 

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