“The China market is hungry for strong screenplays and has already recognized South Korea as its natural partner in the region. We are particularly impressed by the range and quality of their writing in a variety of genres that are desperately needed in China,” said Golden Network’s director, Clarence Tang.
The move is intended to capitalize on China’s growing interest in all things Korean, from fashion and K-Pop to TV dramas.
WAF is unveiling 10 original stories that it will pitch to producers at Hong Kong’s FilMart this week.
In its few months of operation under head agent Han Sangbum, WAF has successfully shopped scripts to producers including Realies Pictures and Taewon Entertainment. Its talent under management includes Cho Sang-bum (writer of “Tazza – The Hidden Card”), Lee Shin-ho (“The Chaser”) and Oh Tae-kyung (“Secretly Greatly,” “Obsessed”).
Recent filmmaking collaborations between Korea and China have included big-budget co-production “Mr. Go,” “20 Once Again” as a Chinese remake of 2013 hit “Miss Granny,” and Korean-made Chinese picture “A Wedding Invitation.”
The last two years has seen an upsurge in film industry relations between Korea and China. Last year China’s Huace became a major investor in Korean distributor Next Entertainment World, and Tencent struck a deal to be the exclusive distributor of content from YG Entertainment, while Korea’s CJ-CGV has expanded to become the 10th largest cinema operator in China.