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CONFERENCE NOV 30 TRENDING ASIA, WINNING FORMATS 10am—10:45am KEYNOTE PANEL: SUPERFORMATS – LICENSE TO LAST 10:50am—11:25am ATF FORMATS PITCH 2017 11:30am—12:30pm PANEL: THE 360 EXPERIENCE KIDS WANT 1:30pm—2pm CREATIVE THINKING & STORYTELLING 2pm—2:25pm ATF ANIMATION PITCH 2017 2:30pm—3pm Behind-the-scenes: Anything can happen at ATF; what matters is that it looks good when it does! EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION TEAM Editorial Director Lunita S V Mendoza On Site Editor Suhaimi Saini Conference Writers Marcus Goh Gwyneth Goh

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HIGHLIGHTS NOV 30 SPOTLIGHT ON INDONESIA 8:45am—9:50am Peony 4511, 4512, Level 4 KCA -KOREA PAVILION ‘RAINBOW ART EVENT’ 11am—12pm KCA Booth - L10, Level 5 NORWEGIAN FILM & LUNCH 12:30pm—1:45pm Norway Pavillion - L27, Level 5 KCA -KOREA PAVILION ‘RAINBOW ART EVENT’ 2pm—3pm KCA Booth - L10, Level 5 TAIWAN PAVILION HAPPY HOUR 2pm—3pm Taiwan Pavilion - C10, Level 5 ATF 2017, MOVIE MIXING STUDIO TOUR AT MEDIACORP 2:45pm—5pm Mediacorp New Campus, Audio Post SILVER WOLF + KHABAR AGENCY JSC OFFICIAL SIGNING & COCKTAIL RECEPTION 3pm—3:30pm Screening Room @ Singapore Pavilion H08/E08, Level 5 KCA -KOREA PAVILION ‘RAINBOW ART EVENT’ 4pm—5pm KCA Booth - L10, Level 5 HAPPY HOUR @ BUSAN DIGITAL CONTENTS CENTER 4pm—5pm Korean Busan Digital Content Pavilion N14, Level 5 By Rsvp Only

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MARKET Asia’s a new market for us and this is our third year presentation at ATF. We are seeing traction in the market with one of our dramas. “The Slave Mother” even won an award at the 2017 Seoul Drama Awards. We look forward to introducing more Brazilian productions to Asia.”

THERE’S MORE TO JAPANESE CONTENT THAN JUST ANIME For many, the strong association between Japan and modern entertainment genre such as anime is hard to ignore. However, is anime still truly king in the Land of the Rising Sun?

only look forward to strengthening their brand positioning in the Asian and international spheres, but to also highlight their unique content offerings, including animation, to potential buyers.

The Show Daily team speaks to three participating exhibitors – Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting Co. (KBC), Nagoya Broadcasting Network Co. (Nagoya TV) and TV Tokyo Corporation (TV Tokyo) – located within the Japan Pavilion to understand their hopes and aspirations while at ATF this year.

According to sales manager Sonia Yamaguchi of KBC, ATF is the ideal platform for the Fukuoka-based broadcasting station to increase awareness as well as generate interest for its original in-house content. Representatives from Nagoya TV and TV Tokyo echoed similar sentiments, citing hopes for their children and family-oriented programmes as well as non-scripted formats to perform well.

Bound together by a common goal, these exhibitors shared that they not

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US$12 MILLION DEAL SIGNED BeachTV, its subsidiary, BeachTV Indonesia and Indonesian production house Nation Pictures sealed a US$12 million deal to co-produce “BEACH BRAWL”, an action-packed mixed martial arts (MMA) reality format. Filmed in Bali, “BEACH BRAWL” will see the production of six exciting seasons over three years. It follows the journey of aspiring MMA fighters from around the world as they challenge themselves through the most punishing regimen to win the coveted title of a “BEACH BRAWL” Champion. Ahead of its production, “BEACH BRAWL” has quickly earned the interest of advertising houses, broadcasters and major brands.


FROM ASIA TO ASIA “The APAC region is indeed an important territory for Bilibili now and in the future,” stated Weihan Zhang, Senior Manager, International Acquisitions, Shanghai Hode 02

Information Technology Co., Ltd. (Bilibili). “Due to the similarities we share in cultures within Asia, Asian productions are more likely to attract our Chinese audiences”.

Mediacorp and HK Television Entertainment Company announce its inaugural co-production of original series “Blue Tick”, a suspense thriller show. The series also marks a milestone for Mediacorp, as Blue Tick will be its first coproduced Toggle Originals programme. Mediacorp Audio Post also sealed the deal with Zhe Jiang ZHHY Studios Co. Ltd, to produce the sound effect design and Auro3D mixing for 3D animation movie “Lanling The God of War”, by renowned Chinese director Chen Kai.

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MARKET A SERIES OF DISASTROUS EVENTS Journey with award-winning Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt as he uncovers some of Britain’s most impactful events that shaped the 20th and 21st century, in a brand new documentary series “James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain”. Produced by leading UK production company, Avalon and commissioned by A+E Networks® UK, the six-part series unpicks the events that led to the most devastating disasters of the past 60 years.

ASIA TV FORUM & MARKET AND SCREENSINGAPORE PUSHES THE FRONTIERS OF ASIAN STORYTELLING The Opening Ceremony for the 18th edition of the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and 7th edition of ScreenSingapore was officiated by Senior Minister of State for Communications & Information and Health Chee Hong Tat on Wednesday, 29 November. In addition to applauding the efforts made to celebrate the future of Asian storytelling, Mr Chee announced the launch of the Tripartite Standard on the procurement of services from media freelancers. From 1 April 2018, companies must comply with the Standard to qualify for media

LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BIG THING “Mediacorp buys across multiple genres for both of our TV and OTT platforms. Symbiotic partnerships are increasingly key to the successful navigation of this new media environment,” said Joy OlbyTan, Lead, Acquisition, Mediacorp. “ATF is on our home turf, so we always have a close affinity with this market. We hope to close off 2017 to find the next big thing!” 04

grants from the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and funding for Public Service Broadcast content. The Standard aims to introduce industry best practices for fair and progressive workplaces. The session also saw Ms Debbie Evans, President, South East Asia & Australia at Reed Exhibitions unveiling ATF and ScreenSingapore’s new partnership with Perfect World Pictures to launch the first-ever online movie pitch in 2018. The initiative will facilitate and support the exchange of original Asian ideas into China’s booming video market.

We are excited that our original animation catalogue of over 18,000 minutes is now available on Amazon Prime Video. Kids will now have better digital experience with our imaginative content, as now they can view their favourite shows when and where they want on Amazon Video. The emergence of VoD has spurred the growth of the content industry. More platforms to broadcast equals better production budgets. Green Gold’s strong partnership with Amazon has resulted in imaginative shows, bringing the best-in-class kids’ entertainment to children.” – Rajiv Chilaka, CEO, Green Gold Animation

The unique documentary shines a spotlight on the human cost of the tragedies while seeking to explain the wider political, cultural and institutional context that contributed to them. Each self-contained episode explores a different event, covering the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy (2017); the Ladbroke Grove rail crash (1999);and the King’s Cross Fire (1987). “The recounts of these events are not solely factual recollections of tragedies that affect wider political, cultural and institutional context, but we also wanted to touch on the emotional aspect, through the personal interviews of the families and friends of the victims. We hope that the human interest stories will resonate with consumers in the Asian market,” said Isobel Hughes, Director of Distribution, Avalon.

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MARKET CULTURE THAT CONNECTS It is said that the Asian cultural values and experiences are opportunities for leisure, learning and even entertainment. Of the 24 official pavilions on the ATF Market floor, the Taiwanese exhibitors that the Show Daily team spoke to are among the largest groups of delegates present this year. Speaking on the increasing relevance of their content offering in the Asia Pacific region, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and new participant XMediaMatch attributed the receptiveness of their offerings in the region to the similarities that Taiwan have with the rest of Asia. Separately, a number of animation companies exhibiting at the Russian Pavilion, showed that culture too plays a role for their successes. In recent years, Russia has seen a boom in animation content creation and a growing number are extremely popular internationally. Riki Group points to the similarities between Russia and Asia, in terms of ways of thinking, values and culture. Sharing this sentiment were Wizart Animation and A. A. Studio, who felt that their animation features the universal values that appeals to parents and children everywhere.

FRESH ANIME CONTENT FOR YOUNG AUDIENCE TAIWAN ON DISPLAY The strength of Taiwanese culture was on display again at the Taiwan TV & Cinema Showcase, as three new shows gave a glimpse of Taiwan’s unique culture and the freedom and fecund creativity of its people. At the showcase, Gala Television and TVBS introduced their latest dramas “My Dear Boy” and “Age of Rebellion”, while Vision Creator Production 06

Company launched their new travel programme “Under Water 30 Meters”. Gracing the showcase was lead actor of My Dear Boy – Derek Chang and his supporting actors, who displayed unmistakeable camaraderie, while the cast of “Age of Rebellion” received resounding cheers.

TMS Entertainment, Japan’s second largest anime studio unveiled a series of anime shows lined up for 2018 to meet the demand for new fantasy and action-packed anime series. Celebrating the 50th anniversaries of action comedy “Lupin the Third” and boxing manga Ashita no Joe, TMS Entertainment introduced two new shows in celebration of their longstanding history - the fifth edition of “Lupin the Third” – Japan’s most popular animation and “Megalobox”, a futuristic boxing drama. TMS also showcased new spin offs from mobile application and famed novels such as Meiji Tokyo Renka and Tsukumogami Kashimasu.


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MARKET POWER OF WOMEN PREVAILS FOR THIRD TIME After receiving stellar ratings by Turkish Viewers for the Japanese drama series “Mother” (“Anne” in Turkey) and “Woman – My Life For My Children” – (“Kadin” in Turkey), Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) announced that the new series “My Son”, will follow in the success of the two drama series, to be remade in Turkish. The remake strengthens the continued partnership of Nippon TV and MF Yapim & MEDYAPIM while marking a milestone for “My Son”, as it secures its first foreign format sale. The strength of female characters surviving in the modern world prevails once again with this new drama series.

FIRST-TIMERS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS How does non-fiction content stack up against fiction content in India? The Show Daily team speaks to first-time participating Indian companies on what they have to offer. Epic Television Networks sees a growing demand for binge watchable Indian infotainment by viewers. Cutting across various genres such as travel, culture and food, these combine

information and factual entertainment together in a storytelling format. Beyond entertainment, RK Duggal Studios sees opportunities to ride on the global popularity of Indian cuisine, yoga and home remedies. According to Rajshri Entertainment, “there’s just something unique about Indian films” and that demand remains strong as seen by its suite of over 250 South Indian films.

IT HAS TO BE ATF Keey Media is keen to see what’s the latest trend in TV entertainment formats, especially those focused on interaction between 1st and 2nd screens. This, and interactive related technology applied in media in general, said co-founder Yi Liu (L). It is Keey Media’s first time in ATF this year, but fellow co-founder Ke Liao (R) has been to ATF many times before saying, “We believe it is the most efficient place for media business in Asia.” 08

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CHINA’S COMING OF AGE Film and show powerhouse – China, made a strong standing at this year’s ATF ScreenSingapore with its China Showcase & Networking Lunch. Boasting a line up of 16 production houses including China Central Television (CCTV) and Shanghai Media Group (SMG), the showcase gave interested parties a glimpse of historical period dramas, animation films and documentaries. The maturity of the industry was evident as companies shared how they are extending their IP through creating theme parks and use of new media.

100 FOR 108 108 Media has picked up worldwide distribution rights for“100 Yards”, a co-production between Singapore, United States, and the Philippines. Co-directed by Ross Campbell and Dale Fabrigar, it stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Steven Brewis, Melissa Paulo and Singapore actress Rebecca Lim. Singapore-based producing outfits Silver Media Group, Salt Media & Entertainment, and Advent Media Group led the charge, together with Aurora Global Media Capital.

WHAT’S UP IN VR? We took a trip to the VR X SMF (Singapore Media Festival) Ignite exhibition area that brought together technologists, developers and users to exchange insights on the burgeoning VR ecosystem. Exhibitors from various industries were eager to showcase their products, including Singaporebased VR game & solution company Kaiju Den – which introduced their latest project “Stratos Fantasea” – an adventure-based game targeted at Japanese teenagers. 10

At MOX, we are always open to new opportunities and are looking for sellers to collaborate and produce original movies with exclusive rights, especially ones that fit into Indonesia’s taste. We will focus on countries where there are a lot of Indonesians, as well as similar markets to Indonesia from a language and beliefs point of view.” – Didi Mukti, President Director/CEO of MOX Digital Indonesia

2017 has undoubtedly been an important year for Inter Medya. In an intimate interview, CEO and founder Can Okan revealed that the Turkish company has not only adopted a brand new corporate look in celebration of its 25th anniversary, but is currently working on over 30 new productions in dramas, movies and formats for 2018. According to Can, Inter Medya’s new corporate identity is a reflection of its commitment towards the modernisation of not only its brand, but overall content. In particular, Can shared that the change meant that Inter Medya is now on par with its American and European counterparts. “A decade ago, our distribution channels were limited to the Balkans region, the Middle East and the countries surrounding Turkey. Today, we have expanded into new territories including Africa and Latin America,” he noted. A returning exhibitor at ATF, Can believes the potential that the Asia Pacific region holds is immense. “We like it here. Year on year, the Asian content market continues to grow, signalling a huge potential for the Turkish content that we offer. In addition to attracting new buyers, we have received renewed interests from our existing clients. Our titles have also travelled far and wide, and met with resounding success,” he added. With that, Inter Medya is confident it will continue to seal as many deals as it did at previous ATF installations.

CONFERENCE in fact just exchange rooms. Best friends and life experiences also get traded. SBS told Keri that while conducting research for the show, they discovered that the younger generation isn’t interested in seeing landmarks or places while travelling – they want to see how people like themselves live in that country. “So as you can see, casting is very important in that show,” Keri remarks.

From L-R: Won-sup, Soh, Sales Manager, Tcast; Christine Seohyun, Kim, Manager, JTBC Content Hub; Helena Chang, Producer/ Content Development, CJ E&M; Hye-won, Hyun, Senior Sales Manager, KBS Media; Keri Lewis Brown, Managing Director, K7 Media

Next up, CJ E&M presents yet another song duelling format with an intriguing twist. Talented singers croon from the literal shadows while their celebrity clone singers lip sync and battle one another on stage. This celebrity-contestant pairing echoes the style of “I Can See Your Voice”, another immensely successful CJ E&M release now with six international versions.

BREAK OUT THE K FORMATS The KOCCA panel makes a strong appearance at ATF again, treating the room to a delightful smorgasbord of Korea’s latest and best formats. KBS, SBS, CJ E&M, JTBC and Tcast each presents two of their newest, giving the audience a taste of titles that have been working in Korea, the wider ASEAN region and across the globe. From KBS, following hot on the heels of the globally successful “Good Doctor”, “Fight for My Way” is a quirky romantic drama featuring the lives of four young adults struggling to establish their way in the world despite their hurts and mistakes. Their second format “Singing Battle” takes typical stage song duelling to the next level with strategic teamwork and Survivor-style elimination rounds where eliminated singers are suddenly dropped through a hole in the ground. SBS adds two unscripted formats to their “Factual Entertainment” genre. The first is a clever title called “The Traveler’s Guide to My Room”, which Keri Lewis Brown, Managing Director of K7 Media describes as a “life swap travel show for the Airbnb generation”. The premise is simple: celebrities exchange rooms with other celebrities living across the world for a week, but they don’t

From my perspective, I’ve really enjoyed the show, and I think these have been some incredibly high-quality programs. The way I see it, Korea is very special because some territories have got a reputation for scripted shows like Turkey, or unscripted shows like the Netherlands, but I think it’s quite unusual to have a reputation across both genres, and I think that is very impressive.” – Keri Lewis Brown, Managing Director, K7 Media


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CONFERENCE Not Just Song and Dance India is not just about Bollywood and the song and dance numbers between trees, in saris or wet clothes, joked Anil Wanvari, Founder,CEO and Editorin-Chief, Group before moderating a surprisingly diverse showcase of new Indian shows. Four genres stood out amongst the Indian offerings – travel shows, animated series, food programmes, and historical dramas. A smorgasbord of food programmes were presented, such as “The Great Indian Global Kitchen”. Shot in 4K, there are already 200 episodes in the series, spawning its own channel and an app. Viewership has increased by 200% in two months, said Shamoly Keera, Director, One Take Media, who was also the presenter in the showreel. India has also produced several animated series recently, such as “Apu”, a series about an elephant with magical powers, and “Sherazade: The Untold Stories”, an English language series centred on the framing character from the Arabian Nights.

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“Indipedia”, a clever portmanteau of India and Wikipedia, showed that travel shows are gaining traction too. Available on digital and TV, the 16-episode series explains the day-today aspects of life that Indians take for granted. The final programme presented was historical drama “Porus”. The most expensive programme ever on

Recommendation: Strong Buy What do Indian OTT buyers want? It’s a legitimate question, given that India has been a major exporter of homegrown content for a while now. Even more compelling, is the fact that about 300 million of its 1.3 billion inhabitants own a smartphone. Gaurav Gandhi, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom18 Digital Ventures, says, “95% of homes in India are single-TV homes, and that actually means that the phone is the primary screen source for many in the house, which means that they will watch what they want on their phones most of the time.” So what do they watch? Gaurav continues, “We believe that the top 20 to 30 million people in India are moving away from content that is created in India.” For Viacom18, this means that their focus has now shifted from predominantly creating original content to looking at international stories and themes that can be recreated locally. 14

BBC’s “Stupid Man, Smart Phone” is a successful example of that endeavour, and Viacom18 is now also looking toward Korea and Turkey for more international formats that can be localised for the Indian audience. Subin Subaiah, Founder & Global CEO of SPUUL, has a different take. To him, there is no clear line of sight dictating what consumers exactly want. However, by tracking the most pirated or most watched content on YouTube, he gets a sense for what to avoid since this is indicative of the consumers’ anti-propensity to pay. As such, SPUUL will stick with longform Indian content for now while acknowledging

Whether it’s digital or television, our drama series are travelling all over the world, they’re being dubbed in different markets and they’re rising right to the tops of the charts in these markets. In Vietnam, an Indian show was number one, in Turkey, another Indian was number one.” – Anil Wanvari, Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Group

Indian television centres around the eponymous character, a king of Pauvaras in the Punjab region, and his battle against Alexander the Great. Rahul Kumar Tewary, Managing Director, One Life Studios Pte Ltd, said that the series was shot in many locations all over the world. Not a single song and dance number was seen among the new shows presented.

that, “over time, it will be important to become content-agnostic.” These four large Indian buyers nonetheless agree that there is a hunger among the top Indian population for foreign content. Japanese kids content, Japanese game shows and Korean dramas are particularly popular formats since they can be illegally accessed via VPN for free, sums up session moderator Anil Wanvari, Founder, CEO & Editor-inChief, Group.

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CONFERENCE Where Do We Go From Here The China Exclusive: C2C, The New Content Monetisation Phenomena session had two insightful panel discussions moderated by Christine. The first panel discussion about online entertainment saw Xun Zhang, Founder & CEO, KonneXions Media weighing in with his take on the topic. Content will appear in new formats that will appeal to online audiences. Zhiqiang concurred, as the format of such content will continue to evolve and they will be constantly on the lookout for successful solutions. Media companies cannot depend on a single strategy in the future. Short form content was the topic of the second panel discussion, with Hao Zhou, Vice President, ICPN taking to the stage with Zhixing. Hao shared his predictions for the future of content creators in 2018 and the directions they will take with regard to brands and the new marketplace environment. Zhixing highlighted the importance, power,

From L-R: Xun Zhang, Founder & CEO, KonneXions Media; Zhiqiang Lin, Executive Deputy Director, SMG New Media Business Unit; Christine Qian, Founder & CEO Media 360

and potential of direct relationships that consumers would forge with short form content, likening it to the strong relationships that consumers had with the magazine industry in the past. However, panelists in both discussions agreed that moving forward, attracting the younger demographic will be critical when it comes to creating new content, whatever the form or platform.

Staying Ahead of The Game Everyone is looking for good content, but what does that mean? Zhiqiang Lin, Executive Deputy Director, SMG New Media Business Unit, shares that for them, good content means being interesting, useful, and current. Of course, they have many other criteria for good content, but these three are the most critical.

“This year we have had to say goodbye to many paradigms of thinking. China has undergone a great transformation, and we have seen many new developments, including in today’s television market. No longer are we looking at traditional media - online video is now taking up a large share of the market. We are seeing a new evolution of media, where television and digital have merged to become ‘teledigital’.” – Christine Qian, Founder & CEO, Media 360

Bait Them With Short Form Just like how popular idols draw audiences, so will good short form content draw consumers. Zhixing Fan, Co-founder, YiTiao, used the analogy of a pop concert to illustrate their short form content strategy. YiTiao is an online video content producer and e-commerce start-up, that has WeChat, YouTube, and Facebook channels The commercial ecosystem of pop concerts centres around the idols. Once these idols have pulled in audiences, other vendors can then sell food and paraphernalia to these customers. YiTiao uses a similar business model by using good short form content as the “idol”. Once they have pulled in eyeballs with desirable content, they can then leverage on the commercial potential of these audiences.

The shift came in 2015, when SMG noticed a transformation in the media landscape. Their traditional media and paradigms of thinking suddenly faced challenges from new formats, and new competitors like BAT [Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent]. With a dropping audience share, it was adapt or die.

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He went on to share examples of good content that SMG created which resulted in high viewership. “Lolita Garden”, a female idol group reality show; “WOW New Home”, an online home renovation programme; and “Smart Home Renovation”, a home renovation programme which incorporated talk show elements.

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VR X SMF IGNITE WILL VR STILL BE JUST VIRTUAL? “We are writing a new chapter and everyone has their chance,” declares World VR Forum (GENEVA) CEO and champion Salar Shahna. In an invigorating presentation detailing the origins of virtual reality and its journey to date, Salar predicts that VR users will soon be experiencing life-like movement with six degrees of freedom, full-body presence and inter-user collaboration. Working with neuroscientists, VR content producers in Hollywood are currently making strides to deliver the best VR body experiences possible. Salar also identifies China as the biggest and ripest VR market at present, unveiling his next big project “bu-ke-qi” (translated “you’re welcome”) targeted at bringing top content to China.

REALITY SUCKS, BUT VR CAN DO MORE The “Odyssey” didn’t show Ulysses doing laundry, but focused on the exciting highlights of his quest. Similarly, VR should not simply recreate reality, because reality makes for terrible stories, shared Mohen Leo, Director (Content and Strategy), ILMxLab (USA) in his keynote address about storytelling in VR at the inaugural VR x SMF Ignite Conference.

VR should take its storytelling cues from the gaming industry where audiences feel like they are part of the world they are experiencing. Formalised simple narratives that create conflict and tension, differentiated AI character responses to individual users all adds narrative spice to the VR experience.

CONTENT IS KING, EVEN IN VR Albert H Kim, CSO & Angel Investor of BiNAREE (KOREA) tells us that VR content creation currently costs three times more than revenue. With annual returns adding up to barely over $150,000, and costs exceeding $500,000, this clearly spells an ROI failure for investors. It also means that VR funding in Korea necessarily and heavily relies on the Korean government and venture 18

capitalists like Albert. While VR/AR investments have fallen year-on-year from $2.3 billion to $1.5 billion, the share of money going towards content creation has increased, particularly towards “Video” and “Games”. It’s become increasingly clear, to device manufacturers as well, that only good content can further the market from here. Good devices are virtually useless without good content.


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IN LOVE WITH JAPANESE CONTENT Japan’s exports of TV programming are booming, having already reached 28.8 billion yen ($263 million) in the fiscal year through March 2016, according to data from the country’s communications ministry, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Japan). These figures are well beyond the 2018 target.

Catalogue (JPC), is the latest Japanese contents catalog for international sales. But what’s cool about the portal is that today, it offers more than the already spectacular Japanese content from major channels. Here, regional content is also available for the buying. It is in fact one of the biggest web catalog in Japan.

Introducing the Broadcast Program Export Association of Japan (BEAJ).

With a presence at ATF this year, JPC invites all buyers to register and be part of an easier way of product purchasing. With JPC sellers on site, it is an opportunity not to be missed. Getting your hands on the latest Japanese content has never been easier!

Asia has no doubt been smitten with longrunning Japanese anime and drama series for a while now, and has been a powerful contender in the global scheme of TV show exports, along with the likes of South Korea, the U.S. and the U.K.

Taking advantage of high interest in productions that are coming out of Japan, the BEAJ platform, called the Japan Program JAPAN Program Catalog (JPC) is the latest Japanese contents catalog for international sales

As you browse, you’d also be privy to getting the latest news about Japanese content that have been made available, almost in real time. This makes sure you’re always on top of the trendiest and hottest programs Japan has to offer.

BEAJ is dedicated to promoting broadcast content produced by Japanese broadcasters worldwide. Through these content offerings, BEAJ also wants to promote Japanese culture as a whole, including Japanese cuisine, and the full range of Japanese products and services. The association supports the creation, sharing, and implementation of initiatives designed to contribute to global content promotion. It aims to expand markets for Japanese broadcast content and the reach and impact of Japanese broadcast culture, increasing appreciation of Japanese culture worldwide, encouraging trade among Japan and other countries, and contributing to national growth generation initiatives, including “Cool Japan” and “Visit Japan.”

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a platform owner or distributor in a different territory), or for financing reasons. “The problem arises when one party can’t deliver or the other party is expecting too much. Then there’s the issue of content, especially when it comes to cross-borders joint production.

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Indonesia remains an attractive market for the content business, but it has also become very competitive. Today’s industry slogan is “Co-Production” and such in Indonesia is said to be an enormously complicated matter; not least from the hurdles germinated by different personalities and visions, leading to long discussions that in many cases, become unproductive.

viewers of my content and my channels are not Indonesians in Malaysia. It is still local Malaysians. So, we adjust our content when possible.

“Taste and preference of audience might be different in every country, even in countries perceived to be quite similar, like Indonesia and Malaysia. Parties need to find the right angle and loopholes, so the production can be accepted in both countries. “This is tricky and need in-depth discussion in terms of many details of creative aspects. We don’t want to end up with a movie, for example, that fail in Malaysia because the Malaysian audience thinks it is too Indonesian, and fail in Indonesia because Indonesian audience thinks it is too Malaysian. I see some titles work, but most don’t.”

Industry veteran, Hendy Lim, Vice President of Indonesia Entertainment Group (IEG), a subsidiary of EMTEK, one of the largest media group in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, noted that while he is not against co-production, he feels that many are being proposed just for the sake of it.

It’s no secret that local production is the way to go to capture local markets. Hendy understands that locals tend to prefer local or foreign production that is localized (or at least quite similar what’s homegrown).

“For me, you need to have the right reason to do co-productions. It could be for the ease of distribution (if your partners happen to be

“Even when it comes to distribution of my Indonesian content to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, I see that the majority of the

ASKING HENDY So what’s different now compared to the previous years?


“In the last few years, OTT has always been part of the discussion, be it with cable, DTH or any platform, when you talk about rights for linear channel carriage. All platforms will always have their OTT extensions.

“However, it’s getting tougher nowadays because many platforms are cutting budgets; it’s a trend for pay TV in many parts of the world. We are lucky enough to still be able to launch new channels on new clients’ platforms despite this.

Myanmar Idol is the biggest success in Myanmar’s TV industry in the last 3 years… In fact, its popularity has surpassed Burmese obsession with Korean drama series, which normally takes the highest of ratings”

Aye Hnin Swe, Managing Director, Mango Media, Mangosteen PR and Wave Digital 20

“If your product is a given product, then you need to work on how to communicate this given product to be as “local” as possible. In Indonesia, the local preference is very strong. So the production needs to have a very strong local flavour. “Formats I think are the same. Our broadcasters, especially Indosiar, develop their own formats, which have proven to be a lot more successful than many of the so-called branded international formats.” Challenges & the Year Ahead Some of the countries IEG have been selling to have been experiencing ailing economies, making adjustments vital. Piracy is still a challenge, especially online, and the company has been paddling through some legal actions against such. IEG expects to launch its channel in more territories and on more platforms. To date, they are working on the Asian Games rights for Indonesia. “We have the broadcast rights for Indonesia and we will be working together with a number of broadcasters for various rights. People are excited about it because Indonesia will be the host.” The company has also made quite a few important deals this year, launching 3 channels in Indonesia and one international channel, with all said to be performing really well. IEG expects to more launches in international markets in 2018. Content sales revenue has hiked quite significantly and they have begun selling remake rights of its drama series, with more expansion on the horizon. Stay tuned!

We’re putting most of our emphasis on purchasing Hollywood movies and Korean dramas. Why, even minor works are subject to purchase… if it is interesting.”

Masahiko Yanagawa, Deputy General Manager, TV Tokyo


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“This is a very attractive proposition for our clients as this in turn means we are able to provide them with comprehensive marketing solutions that meet their briefs.” But in the midst of all this change, Mediacorp’s raison de terre has not changed: “We are very focused on creating strong local content for Singapore consumers that is relevant to their daily lives and resonates with them culturally,” prided Loke Kheng, who is determined to brand the business as a “Content and Consumer first” establishment, where the platforms are almost secondary; a commercial company with a social purpose, as it were. “We believe Mediacorp can always be relevant – Singaporeans expect us to be there, through all our highs and lows. We are part of the fabric of everyday lives, and we will continue to use our knowledge and connections to Singaporeans to create content that they care about and can relate to,” Loke Kheng emphasized. “At the same time, we have also invested substantially in reaching consumers in ways beyond our traditional platforms, such as through Toggle, our OTT platform and many other social conduits, as well as on ground presence. Content delivery is a non-linear, multi-dimensional activity for us always.

Tham Loke Kheng

For Mediacorp’s new CEO, Tham Loke Kheng, the next step is a crucial one as the industry now watches to see how Singapore’s only terrestrial TV broadcaster in the city-state will adjust its sails under its new leadership. No doubt, Loke Kheng understands the core issues of a very difficult business. “Technology has turned the media and entertainment industry on its head. Challenges in Singapore are similar with every market – the way we consume media has changed dramatically in the past decade, erasing geographical boundaries and opening the doors to global competition. “Audiences and consumers are in the driver’s seat, juggling a plethora of choices available on demand across multiple screens at any time,” Loke Kheng observed. 22

The evolution has been fast and furious over the last few years. Disruption is now the new normal in the media industry. And to make sure it does not fall behind, the company is continually strengthening its monetisation efforts so that they can reinvest their profits into their content and capabilities to meet their audiences’ needs. With digital becoming the new normal in content delivery, Loke Kheng says she is committed to embracing digital technology, while meeting the needs of current consumers on its traditional platforms. “To succeed, we will continually reinvent ourselves and our services to serve a new generation,” said Loke Kheng, who has touted Mediacorp as being a multi-platform content creator, where in terms of monetization, they are able to take each IP and exploit it in a 360 manner – digitally, across traditional media and on ground.

“But our closeness to our consumers does not mean we take them for granted. We will continue to invest substantially in data and research to stay abreast on the evolving needs and tastes of our consumers. There is no standing still in the digital world and we want to continue to break new ground and improve,” she concluded.

MEDIACORP’S FLAGSHIP DIGITAL PLATFORMS Toggle • The digital entertainment destination of choice for Singapore audiences • Platform of choice for younger audiences • Gives flexibility to experiment with new genres and content concepts • Investing aggressively in this space (e.g., Madefor-Toggle product or “Toggle Originals”) Channel NewsAsia • Built on the strength of the TV channel’s credibility • Very early on committed to a Digital First philosophy • Continue to build on this strong momentum by expanding pool of digital news producers for CNA • Mandarin, Malay and Tamil news teams will be given a boost in digital resources



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FOX’S SUCCESS INGREDIENTS: FAMILIAR TUNES, LOCAL SPICE OTHER 20TH CENTURY FOX TV DISTRIBUTION’S UPCOMING PRODUCTS FOR 2018 TV 9-1-1 A fast paced procedural, from Ryan Murphy, based on shocking real-life, high-pressure cases of emergency response providers who are thrown into heart-stopping situations.

ATF is a great opportunity for us to sit down face-toface with our clients within their market, and really listen to what is working and what isn’t working for them, so that we are better positioned to serve their needs and ensure our content is a success. – Gina Brogi

LA to Vegas The very funny and unique comedy, which is set on the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and features a motley crew of passengers and flight attendants. The Gifted Produced in association with Marvel Television, it is a family action-adventure set in the X-Men universe, which recently premiered in the US to positive reviews and ratings. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, with a cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss.

“The Asian market is an ever increasingly important market to us,” said Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution, 20th Century Fox TV Distribution, who is at ATF this year. The event has become ever more relevant as 20th Century Fox TV Distribution has expanded their footprint in the Asian market by opening its Singapore office less than six months ago and have hired Yan Jong Wong for the newly created position of Director of Sales, Asia, in an effort to grow the business in a way that meets the dynamic pace of the evolving APAC markets, which, as the industry has realized recently, is best served locally.


Acquisition spree or co-production? Gina stated that the company has been lucky to have recognizable brands that are appealing to broad audiences. “We continue to work with the studio to develop compelling

stories across feature films and television series that resonate globally,” Gina continued, adding that 20th Century Fox TV Distribution is pursuing scripted Format Sales and are actively developing local versions of popular 20th Century Fox programs. “Given the strength and breadth of our library, the ability to allow local markets to put their own cultural spin on successful, tried and true series, is something we think is a winning combination. An example is our most recent APAC format, Glee Vietnam.” In 20th Century Fox TV Distribution’s 2018 slate, Gina is excited to talk about The X-Files with a new 10 episode event series, to a provocative new medical drama with The Resident, to the spy thriller Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Apart from drama series mostly licensed from Korea, and China, as well as international sports content and documentaries, we also buy format licenses for our entertainment show production. We are keen to see what ATF 2017 has to offer.” Nguyen Thi Truc Mai, Managing Director of TK-L Media Corporation


FILM The Greatest Showman A show-stopping musical inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. New Mutants An X-Men film The Shape of Water Guillermo Del Toro’s romantic fantasy horror film Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adventure film, featuring the voices of an all-star cast.

Overall, attending ATF allows us to gain a better understanding of the particular opportunities and challenges of the evolving APAC landscape in a way that is incredibly beneficial.

We consider all sorts of variety of programmes in our acquisition strategy, including dramas, documentaries, animation, news, and sports, among others. VTV also sells our local productions, not only to other broadcasters locally, but also to the international market.” Huu Nam, Acquisition & Sales, VTV


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TURKISH DELIGHTS Indonesia was an early adopter of this transcontinental tragedy type, but keeping the interest in the world’s fourth largest country is not without its challenges. “Indonesia is a very dynamic market. What worked last week, may not work today. What works today, is no guarantee that it will work next month,” Nixon assessed. “But I think this is all just part of a vicious cycle. With the way its Asian neighbours are embracing Turkish drama these days, more Turkish titles will find their way into Indonesia again.”

Nixon Lim

On the rise in APAC, which has injected new life into sales strategies, are Turkish dramas. Across the board, many at ATF, armed with their own selection of Turk tragedies, have commented on the increasing importance of Turkish dramas, reflected in a demand hike in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, especially in the coming year.

No doubt of its attraction, Asli Serim Guliyev, International Sales Director of Calinos Entertainment reminded that Turkish dramas have been broadcasted in more than 100 countries and in the last few years, Turkish producers have started adapting Korean and Japanese formats with strong dramatic themes. “This is deemed very successful and we believe this trend will open new doors for us within the market.” An interesting move that might perhaps change the attitude towards the purchase of all things Turkish.

“Turkish to the cast, production just keeps getting better year after year,” said Nixon Lim, Head of Asia Pacific at ecchorights. “From story development to art direction to cinematography viewers can’t help but feel like they are watching a movie instead of a TV series.”


I am eager to see what ATF has this year, on the market and at the conference. We are definitely coming to ATF to see what more we can garner, as it is the major event to be at in the APAC region.”

Mr Le Nguyen, International Business Development Manager, Vietcontent JSC 26

“While some Asian countries may be willing to shell out top dollars for content coming out of America and South Korea, they still think twice before paying the same level of money for Turkish, when the truth is, Turkish production is at par, if not higher than American or Korean series,” said Nixon. “For now, we can only hope that time will make Asian buyers and programming people realize that Turkish is a good mix to their drama portfolio and what they pay eventually gets reinvested back into producing new content.” “Actually, the biggest conflict we are facing at the moment is the fact that in a lot of countries, Turkish series get very close ratings with the local TV shows; thus, in order to support the local producers, some countries decrease the broadcast of Turkish series,” said Asli, who has every believe that, in a lot of countries, Turkish series are still underestimated, considering the ratings they get. Turkish Content @ ATF

The flattery of Turkish delights continues, as Julius Toh Vice President of Content Sales (APAC & Middle East) at Fox Networks Group Asia noted that when they first started offering their Turkish dramas 2 years ago, they had one client in Asia. “Today, we have sold our Turkish dramas into 10 countries in the region and we expect the coming year’s demand to continue the strong upwards trend and are bullish about the outlook,” Julius promised.

Asli Serim Guliyev

Julius Toh

• Intermedya • Mistco • Raya • Kanal D • Calinos

Viettel Media Company at ATF this year will be looking for mostly Korean and American movies.

Cao Phuong Lien, Vice Director of Viettel Media Company

• Global Agency • ATV • Fox Network Group • Ecchorights

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• The Twitter firehose has been a strong marketing tool for some time, but it is getting obsolete, and Facebook recently opened its firehose to a select group of marketers. During 2016, Snapchat has stepped up and join the other two social media powerhouses. Since the Snapchat platform is all about instantaneous communications, this makes real-time data analytics essential for advertisers and marketers.

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The Singapore Media Festival (SMF), in its fourth edition this year, continues to celebrate the best of Asian storytelling. This year’s festival features increased regional collaborations with Indonesia as SMF’s first country-of-focus. Commemorating 50 years of Singapore-Indonesia bilateral and diplomatic ties, the festival highlights Indonesia’s rich stories, talents and achievements across all of its constituent events. Hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), the SMF consists of established constituent events including the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asian Television Awards (ATA), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore and IMDAled SMF Ignite.

Source: IDC Indonesia


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PRODUCTS LEO & TIG The untrodden and unbelievable nature of the Far East is where the taiga, a mountain range, and the sea exist side-by-side. In this whimsical world, live two cubs and best friends: an Amur tiger cub named Tig and a Far Eastern leopard cub named Leo. Tig is thoughtful and shy, but a genuine and loyal friend. Leo is a tireless explorer, often curious and amazed by life. They are always excited to discover something new in the world around them with its beauty, dangers, and ancient legends. EXHIBITOR: SIGNAL MEDIA

OMAR & HANA (Preschool Islamic) Come and join the journey of Omar & Hana together with their family and friends in these Islamic songs for young children. Alhamdulillah! SPONSOR: MEASAT BROADCAST NETWORK SYSTEMS SDN BHD (ASTRO)

NO MORE BOYS AND GIRLS Whether you are born male or female seems to play a massive role in pre-determining the life you will end up experiencing – and the situation is getting worse. In this ground-breaking new mini-series, Dr Javid Abelmoneim poses some of the most profound questions we are facing today. Is the way we treat boys and girls in childhood the real reason we still haven’t achieved true equality between men and women in adult life? EXHIBITOR: DRG

JUSTINE CLARKE’S TA DA! An energetic and humorous exploration of music, dance, theatre and performance – where children get to experience real musical concepts through imaginative play and drama. In each episode, Justine is accompanied by her stage manager friend, Dash the dog, and a special guest including artists, renowned entertainers, musicians, and actors, performing original songs that have been co-written by Justine and cover a variety of genres including rock, country, hip hop, classical, disco, folk and more. EXHIBITOR: ABC COMMERCIAL


EGE AND GAGA Ege and Gaga is an animation TV series for preschool children. The main characters are a little boy named Ege and his best friend Gaga, a talking crow. The series is about their adventures. They explore nature and their surroundings. In each episode, they find and learn something new and record it in their notebook with pictures and photos. EXHIBITOR: MISTCO

BEACH BRAWL An adrenalin-pumping sports reality format that brings amateur fighters from different parts of the world to a beachfront bootcamp. They are put through the toughest training, where they are challenged to quit or get better. Losers get eliminated until one fighter emerges as Champion of Beach Brawl? EXHIBITOR: BTV CONCEPTS PTE LTD

PRODUCTS HELP! MY HOUSE IS HAUNTED! An original paranormal series now in production, Help! My House Is Haunted! investigates local incidences of paranormal activity reported by homeowners who believe their houses to be haunted. Using years of expertise and highly specialised technical equipment, the investigative team tries to answer the unexplained and free homeowners from unwelcome spirits or help them learn to coexist with them. Created by Zak Bagans (Ghost Adventures). EXHIBITOR: ALFRED HABER DISTRIBUTION, INC.

MOSQUITO Mosquitos kill more every year than all other creatures combined. What if we could just get rid of this deadly killer altogether? Scientists around the world are putting systems into place that could kill off whole populations of mosquitos to combat the ever-growing number of human deaths. If successful, it would result in the biggest planned extinction in human history. A 2-hour film on the battle of man vs. mosquito. Who can predict what will happen when we play God?

DREAM BOAT The mysterious online game software, “Dream Boat” was founded by Professor Su in New Town City. He decodes the software and installs it in his own computer. Unexpectedly, the software releases a special power bringing Prof. Su and 9 kids back to ancient times. They meet different historical figures and get involve in interesting historical events, but they also cannot get out from the software. EXHIBITOR: CHONGQING XIANGHONG FILM & TV CO., LTD

Mary Kills People is a thrilling, thought-provoking and darkly funny drama from newcomer Tara Armstrong, award-winning showrunner Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in the Valley) and awardwinning director Holly Dale (The Americans, Dexter, Castle). The series stars Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal) as Dr Mary Harris, a single mother and emergency doctor by day, who moonlights as an underground Angel of Death helping terminally ill patients who want to die on their own terms. EXHIBITOR: ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Selected as one of the “7 freakiest places on the planet” by CNN, Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital is one of Korea’s most haunted locations. An internet broadcaster recruits a handful of people for their “experience the horror” show at Gonjiam. They are to explore the haunted asylum and stream it live on the show. To attract more viewers, the show hosts play tricks on the guests, but things start to get out of hand. Could tortured souls really be lurking in the shadows? EXHIBITOR: SHOWBOX CORP.





In the early years of the Zhou Dynasty, in the capital city of Zhao Ge, there lived a female chef called Da Xi. One day, she comes across the depressed King, Ji Man. The King took her for an assassin and fought with her. In battle, they both fall into unconsciousness. They find they had exchanged souls after waking. Da Xi becomea King Ji Man, while Ji Man becomes maid Da Xi. Henceforth, Da Xi became a trainee King with Ji Man’s support. EXHIBITOR: 100UU (TIANJIN) CULTURE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD


THE THREE JAPANESE BEAUTIES: LOOKING BEYOND THE WIN What drives athletes to go further, faster, stronger? This program follows three top female Japanese athletes and the story of their never-ending climb to the pinnacle of their sport, Karate, BMX, Surfing. Their goal is not just winning, and their strength not just their beauty. Our cameras capture their every move in high quality 4K technology.

Ages ago, after an intense battle, divine messenger Tochionger succeeded in expelling Yamatanoorochi and The Snake King Clan from the world. But now, that expulsion has been compromised, and once again, The Snake King Clan, led by Gedoron, has begun its rampage of revenge! To save Japan and the entire world from The Snake King Clan, Tochionger fights! EXHIBITOR: NIIGATA TELEVISION NETWORK 21, INC.



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PRODUCTS HEART SIGNAL Is there a mathematical formula for love? Heart Signal is a suspenseful romance reality show following the lives of 10 housemates (5 males & 5 females), all of them meeting each other for the first time, living together in “signal house” for one month. Then, there are the “predictors”, secretly peeping at the housemates via camera lenses. The predictors, all coming from various backgrounds, will try to guess the housemates secret crushes by analysing their interaction, nonverbal communication, etc.

OUR STORY Filiz has been struggling to survive in one of Istanbul’s poorest neighbourhoods. She is the typical big sister, who has become the mother of the family. She has to look after her 5 younger siblings and her useless alcoholic father. Filiz thinks that there is no place for love in her life up until the day she meets Baris. He is in love with Filiz and will do anything to become a part of the family. However; things will not be easy for Baris. His mysterious identity and dark past will put their relationship in danger.

THE RESTAURANT Monday, 7 May, 1945. The Second World War finally comes to an end and a new, brighter future beckons. In the midst of central Stockholm celebrations, two strangers come together with a quick kiss, parting company immediately after. Upper-class girl Nina and kitchen hand Calle don’t yet know that their brief encounter will come to have tumultuous consequences for many people. EXHIBITOR: BANIJAY RIGHTS

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY Ten Days in the Valley is a drama starring Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, and overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation. Her life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted. EXHIBITOR: LIONSGATE ENTERTAINMENT




THE FORTRESS K TASTE K Taste aims to teach how to cook Korea’s traditional or popular dishes in an easier way to viewers who are interested in the nation’s authentic and fusion cuisines. It focuses on introducing quick and healthy Korean meals by using fresh and usual ingredients. (English subtitles available). EXHIBITOR: YTN


CHILLI HUNTER From Szechuan chilli chicken stir fries to tongue-torching Singaporean hot pots, this series follow world-traveller and gastronomic daredevil, Tyson Mayr, as he travels across Asia in search of the region’s most devilishly spicy dishes. EXHIBITOR: MEDIACORP PTE LTD

A war epic portraying a gripping 47-day standoff between the Qing and Korea, with original soundtrack from the globally acclaimed Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. EXHIBITOR: CJ ENTERTAINMENT

Next instalment of the hit sci-fi/ action franchise takes us back to the 1980s and follows the origins of one of our most beloved Autobots. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow, VW bug. EXHIBITOR: PARAMOUNT PICTURES

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