AXN and Hong Kong's Charis Ents and Focus Group Link For Cyril Takayama Magic Show
Illusionist's show to be filmed in Hawaii and aimed at Pan-Asian market.
TOKYO – Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan’s AXN Mystery Channel will be collaborating with Hong Kong’s Charis Entertainment on Cyril’s Family Vacation, a series featuring illusionist Cyril Takayama aimed at the pan-Asian market.
Filming will begin in Hawaii in the new year on the six-part series, for broadcast in spring 2012 on AXN Mystery in Japan and AXN in the rest of Asia.
“If the series does as well as we think it will, the aim will be to take it to global markets,” Ricky Ow, senior vice president, Networks, Asia, at Sony Pictures Television, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The show will be shot in English, but with magic being so universal, it lends itself very well to localization,” added Ow.
Takayama, who is American-born of Japanese and French-Moroccan descent, has become a star in Japan after coming to the country of his father’s birth when he was a teenager, and has won a number of international awards for his innovative magic performances.
Takayama’s Cyril: Simply Magic series in 2009 won him fans across Asia when it was broadcast on AXN.
Grace Chen, founder of Charis Entertainment, who acted as a consultant on the first series, will be an executive producer on the new show, alongside Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, through his Focus Group.
“We are excited to have found great partners in Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Sony Pictures Television’s networks, Asia, and with the backing of one of Asia’s most successful actors and producers Andy Lau, and the talent of Cyril, we have an incredible team that is producing a show that is made in Asia for Asia,” said Chen in a statement. “This partnership and business model will hopefully put us ahead of the curve in packaging content that is entertaining for the local market but can also travel beyond Asia.”