AFM: Hong Kong Sales Agency Golden Network Shifts Focus to Cartoons

Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation.

At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios.

“We want to sell theatrical films, not straight-to-DVD titles,” said a spokesman for the company that is headed by Carrie Wong and Clarence Tang. “Films from Asia sometimes struggle to get the theatrical releases in Europe that they used to enjoy a few years ago, but animation still has a chance and can also more easily be dubbed into local languages than live action.”

The slate is headed by “Bonta 3D,” a Chinese-made creatures quest movie presented in English as its original language track and in stereoscopic 3D, and “SeeFood 2,” a sequel to its 2012 Malaysian-made hit that was widely sold.

“The quality of the animation that is coming out of the Chinese studios these days has risen to point where they compare very favorably with top animation from Europe, and the quality of screenwriting is also getting better all the time,” said the spokesman.

Golden Network says it is receiving the warmest reception to its new animation focus in Europe and Russia, territories with strong traditions of local cartoon production.

More Biz

  • Paul Simon

    Paul Simon to Stage Farewell Concert at Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park

    Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation. At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios. “We want to sell […]

  • Merger Angst Warner Media

    WarnerMedia Staffers Brace for Cuts, Cultural Shifts Amid Mega-Merger

    Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation. At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios. “We want to sell […]

  • Bob Iger arrives at the Oscars,

    Bob Iger: Disney Has 'Much Better' Chance of Closing Fox Deal Than Comcast

    Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation. At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios. “We want to sell […]

  • Brian Roberts, Bob Iger Battle Over

    Brian Roberts and Bob Iger Go Head-to-Head in the Battle for Fox

    Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation. At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios. “We want to sell […]

  • A View of a Sign at

    Disney Ups Fox Bid to $71.3 Billion, Outflanking Comcast

    Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation. At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios. “We want to sell […]

  • Sydney Holland

    Sumner Redstone's Ex-Fiancee Settles Lurid Elder Abuse Lawsuit

    Veteran Hong Kong-based sales agency Golden Network Asia has slashed the number of live-action titles it brings to market, pushing instead to become one of the leading purveyors of Asian animation. At AFM, nine of the company’s 11 current titles are animated features sourced mostly from China, Malaysia and Thailand studios. “We want to sell […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content