Paul Hogan to star in new Dundee movie

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Crocodile Dundee

Australian actor and comedian Paul Hogan, best known as the creator and star of Crocodile Dundee, is set to star in The Very Excellent Mr Dundee.

The movie comes following the success of the recent Tourism Australia campaign, Dundee – The Son of a Legend Returns Home, which launched in the U.S. during the Super Bowl and reignited interest in Hogan’s most famous role.

Released in 1986, Crocodile Dundee remains the top-grossing Australian film ever, both locally and internationally, and it made Hogan a global star. He went on to make two sequels, 1988’s Crocodile Dundee II and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in 2001.

The new comedy will be set in Los Angeles and starts production in July, with shooting taking place in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

While the supporting cast is yet to be confirmed, Hogan said, “watch this space, as I’ve been honoured to have many of my friends and colleagues, whose work I adore, agree to join us for this hilarious new adventure.”

Read full article here: Hollywood Reporter

Sony swoops in on Storm Boy

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Shawn Seet’s contemporary remake of Storm Boy will get a prime school holiday release after being acquired by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Sony will launch the new version of Henri Safran’s 1976 classic, which stars Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney and newcomer Finn Little, on January 10.

“We’re extremely bullish about the film; we think it has terrific commercial prospects,” Sony executive VP Stephen Basil-Jones tells IF.

The distributor is confident the drama adapted by Justin Monjo from Colin Thiele’s novel will have multi-generational appeal, resonating with moviegoers who fondly remember the original film and with younger people.

Read full article here: IF

The real story behind Stano

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Stano, which stars Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, will hit the big screen in summer of 2018.

But behind the glitz and glamour of this Hollywood film is a story of the grit and gumption of a struggling writer.

“Robert Bruzio is a man with a dream. You’re talking about a man that was born in the Bronx without a silver spoon in his mouth. However, because he had great parents, he was allowed to dream and reach for the stars. Robert has had many dreams, including playing for the NY Yankees as a kid. He also loves the world of movies, acting and writing scripts. Like in the world of baseball, in the movie world you always have negative people telling you that you can’t do this, or you’re not good enough to do that. However, because of the support of his family, Robert has never abandoned his dream.”

And that dream is now coming true. Robert’s script debut, Stano – inspired by a relative who has done time in prison and also by his own love of baseball – is coming soon to a theatre near you.

Salt Media is proud to be among the co-producers of Stano, and to have a part in making Robert’s dream come true.

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Photo credit: Robert Bruzio (above), with the films’ stars and producers

 

 

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Storm Boy – an iconic Australian film

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Most of us may not have heard of it, but Storm Boy is an iconic film that looms large in the Australian psyche.

Curator at the National Film and Sound Archive, Gayle Lake, explains, “There was great identification there in terms of Australian culture — somewhat isolated from the rest of the world.”

The film set a new standard for South Australian production and won Best Film at the Australian Film Industry Awards. The original resonated with the public at the time of its release and remains popular today.

So why a remake? Ms Lake puts it this way: ”If you’re on a good story then it’s worth having a go at and looking at it with a contemporary voice.”

Salt Media (Singapore) is pleased to be one of the producers of Storm Boy, which is currently in production in Adelaide. Watch this space!

Read full article here: ABC News

Photo credit: National Film & Sound Archive

Salt Media announces Storm Boy project

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Salt Media & Entertainment will finance family drama Storm Boy, the contemporary remake of the 1976 film of the same name based on the novel by Colin Thiele.

Other financiers include Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, Piccadilly Pictures (UK), and Aurora Global Media Capital (Singapore).

The film stars Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, who will play Mike ‘Storm Boy’ Kingley, who recounts his childhood escapades to his troubled teenage granddaughter in hope of stopping her from making the same mistakes he did.

Production is scheduled to begin in July in South Australia, with Shawn Seet directing from Justin Monjo’s screenplay using cutting-edge CGI technology, 3D animation and live footage.

Read full article here: Screen Daily

 

Salt Media looking to invest in best film ideas from the region

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Salt Media is among media investment films headed to the Asean International Film Festival & Awards (Aiffa) looking to invest in the best film ideas from the region.

At the first Aiffa Biz World event, regional film-makers will be able to pitch their projects to financiers from China, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Sherman Ng of Salt Media & Entertainment said he will be going to discuss ideas with industry participants from around the region.

“I will also be looking at projects, and networking with filmmakers who have a strong desire to push the envelope in terms of creativity and practices,” said Ng. “I believe we have, within South-east Asia, deep and varied wells of creativity. The culture that exists within South-east Asia and the expressions of artistry … throughout the region give us evidence of that.”

Previous editions of the festival have been attended by international film stars such as Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh, and drawn more than 100 film-makers.

Source: Today paper

 

Understanding Media Investment

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You may enjoy watching movies and other media content, but chances are, you have not considered investing in media and films as a serious option for your financial portfolio. Why?

That’s because most retail investors do not understand how media investment works, and they are not aware that media investment is a bright spark that promises healthy returns in the current low-yield environment.

On March 9,  we were able to educate a group of investors about investing in the media space.

At a client evening hosted by Providend Ltd, Sherman Ng of Salt Media & Entertainment briefed investors on this niche investment area, highlighting key areas such as:

  • How media investment works
  • How to be a savvy and profitable investor in the film industry
  • Where the opportunities are
  • How to manage risks prudently

Many thanks to Christopher Tan, CEO of Providend, and his team of client advisors for inviting us to speak to their clients, and for hosting us so graciously!

Season 1 of Abbie Rose green lit with 26 episodes

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Introducing the next big thing – little Abbie Rose!

She is a cheery and optimistic girl who is ever ready to explore the world. Her magic suitcase opens the way to countless adventures across diverse terrain and cultures.

Interest in this animated cartoon series has been so strong that it has doubled from 13 episodes to a 26-episode project. Season 1 has been green lit, with production commencing in February 2017.

Salt Media & Entertainment is pleased to be part of this fun and exciting project.

Agreement inked for international film projects

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Salt Media & Entertainment will partner Kathy Morgan International and Aurora Media Group for a slate of upcoming international film projects.

The first film project in the slate is Stano, a Hollywood production directed by Oscar-winner John G.Avildsen (Rocky) and produced by William Chartoff (Creed). Stano is an underdog story about a rising baseball star who finds himself in prison after a terrible accident.

Attached cast include Joe Manganeillo, Sofia Vergara and Whoopi Goldberg. The movie will begin principal photography next spring.

 

Source: Screen Daily article