Another agreement is with Animasia Studio (Malaysia) and Strika Entertainment (South Africa) regarding the co-production of a new season of Supa Strikas (Season 4) in Malaysia using local talents. Bruce Legg, Creative Director at Strika Entertainment, tells TV ASIA Plus: “Animasia Studios in Malaysia has been our service provider and partner since 2009. We initially worked with a Canadian partner but felt they did not have the skills we were looking for. We then met about six animation houses in Malaysia and Animasia became an obvious choice. It was a good creative match.”
Legg added, “The environment in Malaysia, facilitated by the government to develop skills and productions, is a really good one. When your industry is developing, it gains momentum and that’s good. We were fortunate to have sponsors for Supa Strikas so they help pay for the production of the series. You can’t put money into an industry that doesn’t have support and vision, and that’s what I feel Malaysia has—and this benefits overseas investors like myself.”
“Malaysia has reached a major breakthrough and reached a pinnacle in being globally recognized as a reliable and competitive source of content production, where many experienced and young and talented reputable production partners are eagerly opened for co-production opportunities, especially in 2D and 3D animation. The international deals announced today are certainly a testament for international markets at a very competitive cost,” said H.E. Dato’ Sri Kamaruddin.
Other international co-production deals include: Giggle Garage (Malaysia), Crazy Bird Studio (Korea), and Synergy Media (Korea), for the co-production of the adventure comedy animation series Boing The Play Ranger (26 x 11’); Roar Studios (Malaysia) and Nextani Animation Studio, for the co-production of the animation series Chamberlain (26 x 22’); Nickelodeon Asia (Singapore), which commissioned Akis (12 x 2’) from Inspidea (Malaysia); Clover Sky (Malaysia) and Monstrou Studio (Singapore), for the co-production of the 3D animated series Tritans 2 (13 x 22’) and a travelogue TV series Halal Galore – Korea/Japan (16 x 30’); SG Entertainment (Malaysia) and Shellhutentertainment (Thailand), for the co-production of animation series Sheldon (26 x 22) and Flying with Byrd (52 x 11’); and Creative Media Point (Malaysia) and Anima (Finland), which will form a joint-venture company in Malaysia to co-produce an undisclosed animated TV series.