Will Vinton Cooks Up ‘Codename Housewife’; China Film Group To Co-Fi Animated Comedy

July 05, 2016

London-based GFM Films and Bill Schultz’s Home Plate Entertainment Company are teaming to develop and produce feature-length stop-motion animated pic, Codename Housewife: The Case Of The Missing Rock Stars(WT). The fish-out-of-water-meets-secret-agent musical comedy is based on the Korean short film, Code Name: Azumma: The Missing Rock Stars, and will be directed by Oscar-winner Will Vinton and Korean claymation helmer Hong Sukhwa. Jim Cox (FernGully, Oliver & Co) is writing the script.


Former Simpsons producer Schultz is producing with GFM providing next stage development finance together with UK-based White & Company. Animation will be carried out at the Pangao Studio in Beijing, under an agreement between China Film Group and Home Plate Entertainment. Chinese giant, CFG, which oversees distribution in the Middle Kingdom, will finance 50% of the total film budget and ensure a local release in summer 2018 in what is a growing animation market.

H Culture Adapting Malaysian Kids Book ‘Mila’ for TV

April 30, 2017

Malaysian children’s author and illustrator Maslina Yusoff has made a pact with South Korea’s H Culture studio to adapt her Mila books into an animated TV series. Inspired by Yusoff’s young daughter, the nine-title storybook series follows the everyday adventures of a little girl with “big curly hair.”

The 52-episode TV series aimed at kids 3-9 will expand Mila’s world, with Yusoff taking a guiding role as scriptwriter and character development supervisor. H Culture anticipates the full series will take two years to deliver, and it will be available in English for the international market, according to the studio’s President and animation director Sukhwa Hong.


October 17, 2017


KOREAN producer and distributor H Culture has his week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IRIB Media Trade, a division of Iran Broadcasting. Under the terms of the deal, the two partners will collaborate on a series of animation co-productions.

The MOU covers a couple of key scenarios. Firstly, IRIB will come on board projects that H Culture has sourced from outside Iran as a co-production partner. Secondly, H Culture will seek international partners who can assist in developing IRIB intellectual properties, possibly in the form of co-productions. In either case, the ambition is for any resultant productions to be made at aniamtion studios within Iran.

H Culture will then be responsible for distributing any title around the world.

The deal was signed at the Korean Pavilion by H Culture president Sukhwa Hong and Mohammad High Shenasm head of sales and co-production at IRIB Media Trade.

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