June 20, 2016

Ivanhoe Pictures is Financing and Co-producing My Other Home

BEIJING, CHINA, JUNE 20, 2016---SK Global---a joint venture between Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment--is co-financing and co-producing with China's Hairun Pictures the Chinese language major motion picture My Other Home, it was announced by John Penotti, President of Ivanhoe Pictures/SK Global and producer Victoria Hon of Beijing-based Hairun Pictures. Ivanhoe is coming off notable box office success with their number-one South Korean co-production with Fox International hit, The Wailing as the film has grossed approximately 50 million dollars in box office.

Based on the life of former NBA star Stephon Marbury, who plays himself in the film, the story chronicles Marbury's storied rise to stardom, his subsequent troubles with the NBA, and his ultimate transition to playing professional basketball in China. Marbury, who played 15 seasons in the NBA, has found great success while playing professional basketball in China. He currently plays for the Beijing Ducks and has helped the team to three CBA championships. The film has been shooting in Beijing and moves to New York at the end of June.

Ivanhoe has partnered with Chinese production company and main investor Hairun, and Chinese co-investors Beijing Forbidden City Film Co., and Desen International Media. The film, which has applied for official Chinese-U.S. co-production status, is written and directed by Chinese director Larry Yang, who this past Saturday won Best Screen Writer and Best Director awards for his in-competition Chinese production Mountain Cry at the Shanghai International Film Festival Media Focus Awards.

Penotti commented: "This is a terrific story, with appeal to both Chinese and Western audiences, about a Westerner who re-defined himself in China, and how China in turn embraced him. Ultimately, Marbury's story is very inspirational, about second chances and perseverance through adversity. We are vey pleased to be working with our friends at Hariun. Moreover, we are thrilled to be in Larry's imaginative and capable hands as he guides this terrific production."

The film's producer, Victoria Hon, stated that the film focuses on a broader story than Marbury's time with the Beijing Ducks and will appeal to a wide audience. She added that several roles are cast with non-Chinese actors, including Jessica Jung, a former member of the hit Korean pop group Girls' Generation, in addition to such athletes as retired NBA star Allen Iverson, who will also play himself in the film, and two time NBA All Star Baron Davis.

Popular Chinese actors with basketball skills are also featured prominently in the film, Hon says, including Wu Chun, Vivian Dawson, Goffrey Gao, and Sunny Wang.

Marbury was an NBA All-Star in 2001 and 2003 and played for the Timberwolves, the Nets, the Suns and the Knicks during his career. Since moving to China in 2010, Marbury has won the adoration of China's ever-growing legion of basketball fans. In Beijing, the local government has bestowed numerous honors on the star---all of which are rare for a foreign athlete in China---including constructing a prominent statue, naming a local museum "Marbury's Home," issuing a postal stamp and, most recently, issuing him a Chinese green card.

Marbury, a non-actor, prepared for the role by immersing himself in acting classes in Los Angeles and New York for months prior to the start of production.

Nicknamed the "Lone Wolf" for his style on the court during his NBA career, Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to its first Chinese Basketball Association championship in 2012 and another two championships in 2014 and 2015.

Ivanhoe Pictures was formed in late 2013 as a motion picture and television financing and production entity. The company's principal offices are in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and New York, with affiliate branches in Singapore and London.

Ivanhoe develops, produces, and acquires content for a global audience. With a specific focus on Asia and North America, the company works to bridge production opportunities in both markets.

In 2015, Ivanhoe partnered with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the Los Angeles based production-finance company to create SK Global, a joint venture to produce and finance film and TV projects globally. Backed and co-founded by Sidney Kimmel (Jones New York) and Robert Friedland (Ivanhoe Mines), the venture is overseen by John Penotti, seasoned President and producer who has led companies such as GreeneStreet Films, Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE).

Ivanhoe established a four-year multi-picture co-financing pact with Fox International Pictures (FIP) to produce local language films in India, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan. Several films have been produced under this partnership, including the South Korean thriller The Wailing by helmer Hong-jin Na (The Chaser, The Yellow Sea) that opened as the number one film in Korea last month and has become Fox's all-time second-highest grossing film in Korea.

Ivanhoe has partnered with Blumhouse Productions and Phantom Films in India to produce local-language genre films. The first of these, Ghoul, begins filming in Mumbai next week.

In South Korea, Ivanhoe Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have partnered with the distributor Showbox to make six Korean genre movies over the next five years.
In addition, Ivanhoe Pictures is producing a slate of original content. Ivanhoe will be financing and co-producing first-time novelist Kevin Kwan's comedic best seller, Crazy Rich Asians, with Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games) producing and Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) directing. The film is slated for production in late 2016. Ivanhoe has also acquired film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult, action-adventure novel, The Walled City, set in China's fabled Kowloon City.

About Hairun Pictures

Established in 2003, Hairun Media Group is one of the largest television production companies in China, with more than 800 hours of television drama produced per year and thirteen branches throughout China and North America.

Managed by the Hairun Media Group chairman Mr. Liu Yanming and a group of young talented executives, Hairun Pictures has been focusing on developing, producing and financing quality feature films. The company has formed an exclusive partnership with Milkyway Image, which is owned by Hong Kong director Johnnie To.

Hairun Pictures financed and produced To's Drug War (Rome International Film Festival Official Selection, 2012) and Office (TIFF Official Selection, 2015). Other recent titles include Mountain Cry (Busan International Film Festival Closing Film, 2015), Pleasure Love (Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Competition, 2016) and Tik Tok (China-Korea action thriller, which will be released July 15th).


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