Singapore media enterprises seal new international partnerships at the Asia Media Festival 2009
Singapore – The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) announced a series of international media collaborations between Singapore enterprises and their partners from the United Kingdom, Australia and China, at the start of the Asia Media Festival (AMF). The industry partnerships range from the first-ever Singapore-China-United Kingdom HD documentary co-production called Monumental Challenge (Singapore’s Oak3 Films, UK’s MediaLab and the History Channel, and China Intercontinental Communication Centre); a co-production agreement between Singapore’s MyChinaChannel and Shanghai Media Group to co-produce two infotainment television series; three pipeline projects between Singapore and Australia media companies under the MDA-ScreenWest Call for Proposal; and new matchmaking efforts between Singapore venture capitalist firm Thymos Capital and Japan’s Technology Seed Incubation. Also launched was a new funding initiative by MDA and South West Screen, the development agency for the film, TV and digital media industries in the South West of England, to encourage Singapore and British producers to develop concepts with multi-platform potential and cross-media elements. With support of the UK Trade and Investment agency, MDA and South West Screen will jointly provide development funding of up to £50,000 (S$ 113,616) for up to two selected projects. The £25,000 (S$45,446) for each selected project will be shared equally between the Singaporean and British co-production partner. This initiative is open to proposals across genres, with specific interest in the following – Children’s (including Animation), Drama, Documentary, Factual Entertainment.
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