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Company sells controlling interest to Vine and Falcon to fund growth of original and existing IP; ‘Matrix’ exploitation on the table.
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) is to develop a complementary business to its studio co-financing activities that will enable the company to initiate its own properties across multiple platforms.
The move comes as Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisors have taken a “controlling interest” and pledged ongoing commitment to Vreg’s Australian parent company Village Roadshow Limited, which remains a “significant” shareholder.
The move will enable Vreg to initiate and produce a broader range of content – the vision encompasses film, TV and digital at this stage – while remaining committed to the studio co-financing and co-producing business, where partners have included Warner Bros in the main, and Sony Pictures.
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Chinese director Zhao Xiang makes his feature debut on the title.
Sao Paulo-based distributor Swen Group has picked up international rights to Zhao Xiang’s Stonehead, which is receiving its world premiere in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section.
The film, which is Zhao’s feature debut, is set in a remote village in China where only children and old people are left, as most of the adults have gone to work in the big cities. Ten-year-old Stonehead is one of the ‘left behind’ village boys who longs to see his parents.
The sale to Swen Group was arranged by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. While Swen’s »
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Multinational media conglomerate Swen Group has picked up rights to “Stonehead,” the Chinese youth film which plays this week in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation section.
The group has acquired global rights outside China and will self-release the picture in North America, the U.K., and Hong Kong.
The directorial debut of Zhao Xiang, the film tells the highly topical story of a boy left behind in his village by parents who have moved to a big city for work.
“We loved the film. It is such a touching and real portrayal of the current situation for millions of children in China today,” said acquisitions and distribution director Ramy Choi.
The film is produced by 3C Films, Hubei Huanggang Broadcast, and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia.
In business for over 30 years, Swen, which stands for South West East North, has activities that stretch from production and distribution through to marketing and live events. »
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