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HBO & Singapore’s MDA To Develop Local Dramas

SINGAPORE – HBO Asia today announced a partnership with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to support, grow and develop the drama production capabilities of the local media industry and talents.

Over a period of two years, HBO Asia will train local practitioners and aspiring individuals, and work with local production houses and talents to develop and produce content. HBO Asia will also leverage local production facilities or locations for future HBO Asia Original productions.

With the pedigree of the HBO brand and our continuing development and production of Asian original shows, HBO Asia is in a unique position to impart skills and share knowledge with local companies and aspiring talents in Singapore to create premium entertainment for global audiences,” said Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia.

Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Industry Group), MDA, said “We are excited to launch this partnership with HBO Asia to grow the pool of drama production talent in Singapore. Through the partnership with HBO Asia, promising producers will have the opportunity to work with industry veterans to develop dramas for international audiences.

The first activity arising from this partnership is a training forum taking place on 2 December 2015, which Singapore-based production companies and independent practitioners have been invited to attend. .

Conducted by HBO Asia and HBO’s Los Angeles based Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President for West Coast Productions, participants of this forum will gain first-hand insight to HBO’s complete production process, from pitching of an idea through development, practical production, and risk management, to final delivery.

A member of the Director’s Guild of America and Producer’s Guild of America, Jay is responsible for overseeing the physical production of television series, as well as film and television productions produced for HBO, including Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Angels in America, and John Adams.

Jay will also be conducting a separate training forum for students from Nanyang Polytechnic on 3 December 2015.

HBO Asia will announce more workshops targeting industry professionals at a later date.

Source: HBO