Digital Domain Expands Into Performance Hologram Sector

Digital Domain Holdings, parent company of Digital Domain 3.0, has struck a ten year joint venture deal with TNT Production, to produce performance holograms of top Asian singing star Teresa Teng, who died nearly 20 years ago.

The deal sees the two companies build on a previous hologram of Teng which put on virtual performances with contemporary Mandopop superstar Jay Chou in 2013 in Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as on a virtual performance by Tupac Shakur with rap star Dr. Dre at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival.

The JV will be 60% owned by DDM and 40% by TNT.

Representing Teng’s estate, TNT has licensed Teng’s image to the joint venture which will then use Digital Domain’s ‘Virtual Image Reconstruction Technology’ to create new holograms for use in concerts, albums, movies, and advertising. Digital Domain will make a proportionate capital contribution in cash, based on the valuation of such IP rights, of up to US$7.75 million (HK$60 million).

“The formation of the JV with TNT is part of our latest business strategy of expanding our principal business into the media entertainment sector. We believe that the collaboration between DDM and TNT can broaden the utilisation of the Group’s hologram technology within the Chinese pop music industry and the Greater China market,” said Zhou Jian, Digital Domain Holdings chairman.

“The dedicated team at Digital Domain 3.0 worked closely with [Teng’s] foundation to bring her personality and spirit to her performances in 2013.  We look to continue that close partnership and find ways for her enduring fans, as well as a whole new generation, to experience her talent for many years to come,” said Daniel Seah, CEO of Digital Domain 3.0 and CEO of Digital Domain Holdings.

“This partnership is of huge significance. Digital Domain hopes that the 3-D holographic projection technology will more vividly present the wonderful voice of Teresa and the delightful charm of the top songstress of her generation,” said Frank Teng, brother of Teresa Teng and chairman of TNT.

Popular on Variety

More Biz

  • Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven

    Department of Justice Backs Led Zeppelin in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on the next big music copyright case on the horizon following the Katy Perry “Dark Horse” decision, and taken Led Zeppelin’s side in the long-running copyright dispute that pits the writers of the group’s anthem “Stairway to Heaven” against the publishers of the earlier song “Taurus” by [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein Prosecutors Make Last-Minute Move to Bolster Case

    The Manhattan D.A.’s office is making a last-minute bid to strengthen its case against Harvey Weinstein, who is set to be tried next month on charges of rape and sexual assault. Prosecutors notified the court on Tuesday that they will seek a new indictment. The D.A.’s office wants jurors to hear from Annabella Sciorra, the [...]

  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Jeffrey Epstein's Autopsy Rules That He Died by Suicide

    Jeffrey Epstein’s death earlier this month has been ruled a suicide by hanging. The New York Times reported on Friday that the city’s medical examiner has officially made the ruling six days after Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. According to the Times, which cites a [...]

  • America Ferrera Eva Longoria

    America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and More Sign Letter to Latinx Community: 'We Will Not Be Broken'

    America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and more have signed a letter published in several media outlets on Friday standing in solidarity with the Latinx community. In response to the heightened tension surrounding President Trump’s immigration agenda, the El Paso shooting that targeted Latinx people and the ICE raids in Mississippi, the letter addresses the language used [...]

  • Research Firm Screen Engine/ASI Acquires TicktBox

    Screen Engine/ASI Acquires TicktBox, an Entertainment Marketing and Ticketing Startup

    Screen Engine/ASI, a market research firm that specializes in focus-group testing of movies and TV pilots, has acquired ticktBox, which operates a digital marketing and ticketing platform used by movie distributors, exhibitors, and TV networks. Terms of the deal, which closed Aug. 9, weren’t disclosed. With ticktBox, SE/ASI will have one of the largest databases of [...]


    Eric Reid, Jemele Hill – and Colin Kaepernick? - Take Jay-Z to Task Over NFL Partnership

    When news of the presumably lucrative entertainment and social-justice deal between Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and the NFL leaked on Tuesday, initially there was a surprising lack of public reaction or outcry. But after a press conference where Jay and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially announced the deal at Roc Nation’s New York offices yesterday — [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content