aAs part of the ongoing Singapore Media Festival, media companies announced they would work with major players to create content for a global audience.
Singapore-headquartered Beach House Pictures will work with American subscription streaming service CuriosityStream, among others, to produce documentaries, while film distribution and production house Clover Films will work with Chinese online entertainment service iQiyi to produce a slate of films.
The announcement was made by Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo in her address at the opening ceremony of Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore today.
"While the pandemic has no doubt disrupted productions and livelihoods, the industry has confidently bounced back. Last year, while the broader economy shrank by 5.4%, our Infocomm and Media Sector grew 4.8%. Today, there are sure signs of recovery. I am excited for the future of media in Singapore in this brave new world," the Minister said in her address.
The partnerships, facilitated under the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)’s enhanced Capability Partnership Programme (CPP), are expected to benefit more than 80 local SMEs and more than 500 media talent through job creation and opportunities for upskilling in the next two years.
Also, global streamming brand Netflix, with support from IMDA, will be organising a Series Writing Workshop in the first quarter of 2022. Up to 20 writers from Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia will participate in the virtual workshop, which aims to help writers sharpen their series writing abilities.
The workshop will be conducted by industry experts Christopher Mack, Director of Grow Creative at Netflix, and screenwriter and producer Joe Peracchio. Guest speakers such as writers behind Netflix’s popular series expected to be added to the exciting line-up.
These collaborations, among others, will benefit local media industry professionals through job creation and opportunities for upskilling in the next two years, according to the release.