Imagine Entertainment supports development events in Australia and Taiwan
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment adds firepower to two industry and talent development programs in the Asia-Pacific region.
One is the third edition of the Impact Australia screenwriter accelerator event which will run an eight-week program from September. The other is the first edition of Emerge, a 20-week development program aimed at raising the game of Taiwanese premium TV series.
Impact Australia was founded by Grazer and Howard and led by CEO Tyler Mitchell. The event is organized by Gentle Giant Media, the Melbourne-based production company run by former Village Roadshow Entertainment Group executive Greg Basser. It is supported by the University of Melbourne and state and territory screen agencies (Screen NSW, Screen Queensland and Screen Canberra) across Australia and will be held at the Southbank campus of the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. University of Melbourne.
Its aim is to discover, cultivate and empower diverse Australian screenwriters, with the aim of accelerating projects so that they are ready for presentation to global buyers and producers. Participating screenwriters will be mentored by industry-leading screenwriters.
The first two years of the program in 2020 and 2021 saw 19 projects developed. The majority now have producers attached, and almost all of the 23 former writers have signed on with representation or have continued to be successful ever since.
In Australia, Imagine recently produced, under Howard’s direction, “Thirteen Lives”, a dramatization of the 2018 Thai cave rescue. The film will be released in UK cinemas from late July and on Prime Video from of August 5, 2022.
In Taiwan, Emerge is intended to guide Taiwanese writers, directors and producers to develop original Chinese-language television series with global appeal. Participants will receive practical advice from experienced producers in Hollywood and Asia.
The initiative is managed by Imagine Entertainment and Sixty Percent Productions, a company controlled by former Fox Television executive Cora Yim. It is funded by the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA).
“The current state of the international content market has intensified competition between content produced in each country. Therefore, if the Taiwanese film and television industry can increase its production of high-quality original content, it can increase its chances of successfully entering commercial markets. Original Chinese-language content has great potential to connect with audiences and subscribers around the world,” said TAICCA CEO Izero Lee.
“We believe creative collaboration can thrive when we share and learn from each other. It is in this spirit that we are delighted to partner with TAICCA and Sixty Percent Productions on Emerge. We look forward to working with program participants to help them create their stories for the local and global market,” Imagine Entertainment executive presidents Brian Garzer and Ron Howard said in a joint statement.