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14 Mar 2016

Content Media closes Asia deals for 'Higher Power', 'Don't Knock Twice', 'Pandemic'

By: Michael Rosser

Source: ScreenDaily


LA-based firm closes deals on genre titles and brings slate to Hong Kong Filmart.

Content Media has closed a series of deals throughout Asia for a hat-trick of titles.

Sci-fi Higher Power, from Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, has been sold to China (HGC Entertainment), Japan (CCC / Culture Entertainment), Korea (Entermode). Pan Regional PTV (Fox International), India (PVR), Malaysia (VSG), Philippines (Pioneer), Singapore (Shaw), Thailand (Sahamongkol) and Vietnam (VSG).

Directed by Matthew Santoro, the film centres on an ordinary man who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with superpowers.  Cast includes Ron Eldard, Colm Feore, Jordan Hinson, Austin Stowell and Jade Tailor.

Supernatural horror film Don’t Knock Twice, starring Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackoff and directed by Caradog James (The Machine) has been sold to India (PVR), Indonesia (Rapi Films), Malaysia (Rain Film), Philippines (Pioneer), Taiwan (CMC Content), Thailand (M Pictures), Vietnam (Rain Film) and Pan Regional PTV (Fox International).

Sackoff stars as a guilt-ridden mother who must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch to save her estranged daughter.

Sci-fi action/thriller Pandemic starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer, Missi Pyle, Alfie Allen and Danielle Rose Russell has been sold to Japan (CCC / Culture Entertainment), Korea (Entermode), Indonesia (PT Prima), Malaysia (GSC), Philippines (Pioneer), Thailand (Sahamongkol), Vietnam (BHD) and  Pan Regional PTV (Fox International).

Directed by John Suits, the film is shot from a first person perspective and is set in the near future, where a virus has overtaken the planet.

Content’s slate also includes the action-thriller The Worker, starring Michael Peña, directed by Dan Bradley and produced alongside Jeremy Renner’s company The Combine; Sundance Midnight title Carnage Park directed by Mickey Keating; and heist thriller The Vault (aka The Trust).

Further titles include Manolo Blahnik documentary Manolo; Maria Callas biopic Callas, starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing; Joel David Moore’s Tribeca selected dramedy Youth in Oregon starring Christina Applegate; drama Life at these Speeds starring Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers and Tim Roth; Tribeca romantic drama The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams and Jessica Biel; and Amy Berg’s Venice/Toronto title Janis: Little Girl Blue.

Content Media recently closed a deal with Bruno Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, Ltd., in which Content acquired the Alive Group of companies allowing Content to distribute its library of film and television rights through the Alive Group to the Chinese market, as well as a direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content.