Magazine article Screen International

Nakamura Group Strikes First-Look Deal with China's Middle Kingdom Studios

Magazine article Screen International

Nakamura Group Strikes First-Look Deal with China's Middle Kingdom Studios

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Two-year pact signed; first project is Fangs of War.

Canada-based Nakamura Group Advantage has struck a two-year first-look deal with Chengdu, China-based Middle Kingdom Studios.

Projects will potentially be structred as bi-laterial ot tripartite co-productions with China and Canada.

Matt Vegh [pictured] is president and CEO of Middle Kingdom.

The slate includes Fangs of War, a Dracula film set in 1944 Nazi-occupied Transylvania. Jim Donovan will direct the film, which will shoot in Europe and China. Ken Nakamura produces with Fang Yi Ning. Stealth Media Group handles international sales.

Other projects in Nakamura Group's slate are political thriller Wireless"to be directed by Jerry Ciccoritti, actioner Dragon In The Dark written by Geoffrey Gunn and Matt Mistele, and dramas The BleedingGround and Lettres d'amour en Bejing.

"The benefits of the a co-production with China are quite obvious," said Nakamura. "A bi-lateral or tripartite co- productions will be deemed a Chinese audio-visual work by the China's State Administration of Radio, Film and TV (SARFT), thus exempting them from the restrictive importation quota, which allows only 20 foreign films on a revenue sharing basis into China per year. …

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