HBO Asia Inks Production Deal With Singapore's Media Authority

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'Game of Thrones'

For the next two years, HBO Asia will provide know-how behind 'Game of Thrones' through training programs, co-productions as well as shoot locally in the city-state.

HBO Asia inked a production agreement with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to support the local TV industry, the network announced on Tuesday during the Singapore Media Festival.

For the next two years, HBO Asia will spearhead educational initiatives for Singaporean industry experts and talent. The network will also collaborate with local production houses and talent during this time frame to develop and produce content. It will also leverage local production facilities or locations for future HBO Asia Original productions.

"With the pedigree of the HBO brand and our continuing development and production of Asian original shows, HBO Asia is in a unique position to impart skills and share knowledge with local companies and aspiring talents in Singapore to create premium entertainment for global audiences," said Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia.

Angeline Poh, assistant CEO of MDA, said, "We are excited to launch this partnership with HBO Asia to grow the pool of drama production talent in Singapore. Through the partnership with HBO Asia, promising producers will have the opportunity to work with industry veterans to develop dramas for international audiences."

The training session kicks off with a training forum for Singaporean production companies and individuals on Tuesday followed by a workshop for students on Wednesday.

HBO's Los Angeles based Jay Roewe, svp for West Coast productions, will introduce HBO's complete production process, from pitching ideas to development, production, risk management and final delivery. Roewe is expected to share his experience from overseeing hit HBO series including Game of Thrones,The NewsroomAngels in America and John Adams.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Media Festival continues through Dec. 6.

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