Announcement-Jeffrey R. Schlesinger-Warner Bros. International Television Production and Metan Development Group Pact to Develop New Series In China
In an historic deal that brings together the very best minds in television production from the East and West, China’s Mei Tian Mei Yu (Metan) and H& R Century TV (H&R), in conjunction with Metan Development Group (Metan), Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) and the creative team behind the hit TV series phenomenon “Gossip Girl,” have joined together to develop a modern new teen drama series (30x60min) set in China.
Instrumental in bringing the parties together, Metan, a company founded by international TV veterans Marty Pompadur and Larry Namer, together with WBITVP will provide development and production consultation on the project, which is poised to launch a new era of the modern drama series in China.
“As one of the leading film and drama production companies in China today, we’re excited to be working with such an amazing team of international TV professionals,” said Zhong Junyan, president, H&R.“With its keen understanding of global production, Metan has joined together with Warner Bros. International Television Production, creating an extraordinary consultant team to help Mei Tain and H&R forge a new form of drama series in China.”
"Metan is pleased to be involved with this exciting collaboration, underscoring our ability to once again create positive connections between Hollywood with China,” said Metan’s president/ceo Larry Namer. “We believe that bringing together such a talented team will result in one of the biggest and best drama series ever seen in China, as the country enters this new age of TV production.”
“We are delighted to be working with Mei Tan and H&R to bring this new series to one of the most vibrant and exciting countries on the planet, China,” added Andrew Zein, Senior Vice President, Creative, Format Development and Sales, Warner Bros. International Television Production.
Set to debut to Mandarin-speaking audiences in November 2012, the series about the lives of the students of the prestigious Shanghai International University, the school of choice of the rich and powerful. One’s social status reaches a new level once admitted into the school. Each week, the main characters’ trust, love and friendship are tested, with all the behind-the-scenes tales recorded in a blog. In the beginning, they are confused and lost, however over time, they discover who they really are and eventually find the right path to pursue their dreams.
Production is set to begin in June of this year and a nationwide casting search will begin later this month. Chinese actress Yang Mi, most noted for her breakthrough role in the TV series “Palace” (2011), as well as in “The Return of the Condor Heroes” and “Chinese Paladin 3,”will have a recurring role on the series.
H&R Century TV was established on September 2006 at Hengdian, Dongyang, Zhejiang Province. The company’s TV production projects include “Roses in the War,” “Pretty Maid,” “Palace,” “Bullet Hole,” “Introduction of A Perfect Husband,” “Hidden Emotion,” “Covering-City Snow” and“King’s Woman.” H&R’s ongoing TV production projects include “Palace Season 2,” “The Cost of an Unmarried Successful Woman,” “Happiness of an Angel” and“Teen Detective.” Its ongoing Movie production projects include “Painted Skin 2,” “Running all the Way to Stardom,” “Zhu Xian” and “The Legacy of Prince -- The Left Hand Print.” Current projects include the films “Mountain Shu” and “Painted Skin 2,” and for TV“ Stories of Concubines in Tang Dynasty,” “Beautiful Scenery,” “Patriotism” and “The Sovereign Descending the World.”
Mei Tian Mei Yu is a Beijing-based production company that has working partnerships with over 50 TV stations in China. The company produces the weekly entertainment news magazine “Hello! Hollywood” and the soon to debut sitcom “Return to Da Foo Tsun.”
Launched in 2009, Metan Development Group LLC (Metan) is a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for international markets. The company's founders are entertainment industry veteran Marty Pompadur, E! Entertainment Television co-founder Larry Namer, Russian advertising agency entrepreneur Oganes Sobolev and Amerilink founder Jean Zhang. http://www.metanmedia.com
Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) aims to establish or acquire production companies in the major television territories around the world in order to become a leading producer of local scripted and non-scripted programming. In those territories where WBITVP establishes a production base, it operates by developing and producing original programming and also producing local versions of formats owned and controlled by the group such as “The Bachelor,” “The World’s Strictest Parents” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” Where WBITVP has no local production capability it licenses Warner Bros. formats to 3rd parties.
WBITVP has already taken significant steps by acquiring a majority stake in UK production group Shed Media, one of the UK’s largest and most successful independent production companies, which operates both in the UK and the US. Most recently it has acquired a majority stake in Blaz Hoffski Holding B.V., a leading independent television producer in The Netherlands and Belgium.