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MIPCOM 2007: TANDEM Communications expands into Japan
Munich, Germany (2007/10/16) - Munich-based production and international distribution company, TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS, has been building its volume of business in the Japanese market. At last week’s MIPCOM, TANDEM signed an agreement with Japan’s vertically integrated, multi-media company, Kadokowa Pictures, for the 4-hour CBS miniseries, Covert One: The Hades Factor, starring Stephen Dorff, Mira Sorvino and Anjelica Huston. Kadokawa’s publishing company holds the rights in Japan for Robert Ludlum’s Covert One book series.
“Kadokawa is the logical choice for this miniseries in Japan”, so Tim Halkin, Managing Director of TANDEM. “They have internal synergy possibilities, which will support the event character of the program. We look forward to an on-going relationship with this major player.”
Manabu Harada, Deputy General Manager of Kadokawa’s Media Development Group commented: “We are very pleased to work with TANDEM, especially with a management team that is so experienced in the television industry. We are expecting The Hades Factor to be very successful in Japan.”
TANDEM also inked a deal at MipCom with Japanese, all-rights distribution company, The Klockworx, for the Starz Fantasy Adventure Collection (4 x 90 min. event movies). The first title in this collection, Sands of Oblivion, starring Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Victor Webster and Academy-Award® Winner George Kennedy, will be ready for delivery in November. The other 3 films in this series will be delivered in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters of 2008, respectively: The Lost Treasure of Grand Canyon, Merlin’s Quest and Houdini.
“We are very pleased to be establishing relations with The Klockworx, which is the ideal home for this genre,” so Tim Halkin.
“TANDEM is becoming a very important supplier for the Japanese Market,” said Tetsu Negami, Member of Board of The Klockworx.
Recently, TANDEM partnered with the Japanese production and distribution company, Amuse Soft Entertainment, on both the 22 x 1-hr. action series, Painkiller Jane, and the 6-hr. Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and John Calley miniseries, The Company. “Amuse is a very aggressive player,” so Tim Halkin, “They have their feelers out worldwide and are willing to partner on projects at the script level.”
“We’re finding partners in the Japanese market that understand our international co-production strategy of high-end television event programming, which confirms to us, that there is a need for quality programming in Japan and worldwide,” concludes Tim Halkin.