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The Polliwogs

“The Polliwogs” animated cartoon green lit by Salt Media

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Salt Media & Entertainment has green lit the production of The Polliwogs, a 26-episode animated cartoon series based on the popular family fun edutainment centres of the same name from Singapore.

The series will be Salt Media’s second animated cartoon, after the 26-episode Abbie Rose, which is nearing completion. The Singapore company already has several international projects under its belt, including upcoming Australian films Storm Boy and The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, as well as Hollywood film Stano.

“Salt Media is making strides and forging ahead to carve out our niche in the space of values-based entertainment by collaborating with strategic partners to create excellent products. The Polliwogs is one such project in our pipeline,” said Sherman Ng, founder of Salt Media & Entertainment.

The animated cartoon series will be based on four characters associated with The Polliwogs brand, Singapore’s premier family recreation brand with a chain of family indoor play centres that have attracted over a million customers since 2009. The four characters will solve world problems through their innocence, curiosity, adventurous streak, and unique talents.

“We are excited that the familiar characters of our The Polliwogs brand and live theatre productions will make their leap onto the TV screen, bringing our unique brand of serious fun to children and families beyond Singapore. We hope our characters can be inspire future generation of children to be good ambassadors of the world, utilising their own unique personalities and talents to contribute to society,” said Hariman Kwok, founder & CEO of The Polliwogs. 

Shenzhen-based Hong Kong Century Films has been commissioned to produce the 26-episode series with a view of targeting the China market, in addition to the other markets. 

“While The Polliwogs is a product for the global market, working with Hong Kong Century Films will give us unique access to the China market,” explained Sherman.

“We regard Singapore’s Salt Media & Entertainment as an important long-term partner, and look forward to combining the resources and geographical advantages of both parties to create quality projects for both domestic and international markets,” said Fan Xiuming, Film & TV Consultant of Hong Kong Century Films. 

Production will commence in October 2018.

Salt Media to co-produce latest Dundee movie

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Crocodile Dundee

Salt Media & Entertainment is proud to be one of the co-producers of The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, which stars Australian actor and comedian Paul Hogan best known as the creator and star of Crocodile 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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Storm Boy

Salt Media & Entertainment is proud to announce that Shawn Seet’s contemporary remake of Storm Boy has been 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, giving it a prime school holiday release.

“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.

Read full article here

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

 

 

Storm Boy

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!