Friday, 23 June 2017

We are on Animation World Network

WingsMedia Plans Ambitious, Collaborative Sci-Fi Franchise Expansion 

Tiny Island Productions will adapt and expand their ‘Dream Defenders’ animated series for the China market with a TV series, feature film, comics and an augmented reality experience, all as part of WingsMedia’s hope to grow ‘Starship MZ’ properties into China’s Marvel Universe equivalent.

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Dream Defenders on World Screen

WingsMedia & Tiny Island Tie Up for Sci-Fi IP

Shanghai Media Group’s WingsMedia and Tiny Island Productions have partnered for WingsMedia’s planned mega-franchise Starship MZ, which they hope to grow into China’s equivalent of the Marvel Universe franchise.

When Starship MZ launches this year, Tiny Island will create content based on its hit sci-fi kids’ animated show Dream Defenders that will lead to new TV series, feature films, comics and more, adapted for the Chinese market. Dream Defenders centers on twin siblings who enter dreams to protect the real world against nightmare monsters. Tiny Island is also working with fast-food restaurants on Dream Defenders-themed promotions.

“By leveraging on WingsMedia’s vast experience and expertise, while tapping [into] China’s historical and rich legacy of art and culture, together we will bring China-made science fiction to the next level,” said David Kwok, the CEO of Tiny Island Productions. “We are very grateful to WingsMedia for this special opportunity.”

Kwok explained how Dream Defenders has been adapted for Chinese audiences: “Somewhere in China, a city suddenly comes under attack by nightmare monsters based on Chinese mythology, such as the Dragon, Kirin and Phoenix. A pair of Chinese twins desperately sends out a distress call for help to Zane and Zoey from the original series, who reveal the secret technology to enter the Dream Worlds. Now these new Chinese heroes must race against time to save their friends and family from the threat of the nightmare monsters.”

Kwok continued: “To make Dream Defenders stand out globally, Tiny Island Productions constantly explores emerging technologies, from its initial broadcast in stereoscopic 3D on 3Net (joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX) to creating augmented reality and interactive virtual reality experiences that immerse viewers in the Dream Defenders universe.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Top 10 Entertainment Entrepreneurs In Singapore

I am honoured, flattered and surprised to be nominated. It's been a long journey and we definitely has to work even harder to prove ourselves. Title is not so important but what I hope is we can create more jobs for our talents. Thanks for everyone's support.

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Dream Defenders on Business Times

HOMEGROWN animation company Tiny Island Productions will be penetrating into the hard-to-enter China market space and achieving a major milestone for Singapore's animation industry.

Using its original intellectual property (IP) Dream Defenders, a sci-fi kids animated series, Tiny Island will be working with Shanghai Media Group's WingsMedia on the latter's plan of mega-franchise Starship MZ, which the two companies aim to grow into China's equivalent of the Marvel Universe franchise.

This is part of WingsMedia's strategy for achieving science fiction (Sci-fi) IP.

Last year, Starship MZ: 2049, WingsMedia's original sci-fi themed reality-TV show, was a hit with the Chinese audience nationwide.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tiny Island Productions will collaborate on WingsMedia's planned mega-franchise Starship MZ

Shanghai Media Group's WingsMedia launched a slate of new plans for strategic cooperation with its international counterparts at the 23rd Shanghai TV Festival. As part of its strategy for Sci-fi IPs, WingsMedia and Tiny Island Productions will collaborate on WingsMedia's planned mega-franchise Starship MZ, which they aim to grow into China's equivalent of the Marvel Universe franchise.

Last year, WingsMedia's original Science-fiction themed reality-TV show, Starship MZ: 2049 (S1), proved to be a successful hit with audiences nationwide. Starship MZ leverages on the popularity of the show and the national demand for science fiction content, as well as meet WingsMadia's goal to “Globalize and Export Chinese Culture”. When Starship MZ launches this year, Tiny Island Productions will be on board to create content based off its hit Sci-fi kids animated series Dream Defenders, that will lead to new TV series, feature film, comics and more, adaptated for the China market.

"By leveraging on WingsMedia's vast experience and expertise, while tapping on China's historical and rich legacy of art and culture, together we will bring China-made Science Fiction to the next level. " said David Kwok, CEO of Tiny Island Productions. "We are very grateful to Wingsmedia for this special opportunity."

Tiny Island Productions' Dream Defenders TV series, about twin siblings who discover a supercomputer that sends them into dreamworlds to protect the real world against nightmare monsters, has found international success. With Dreamworks as its distributor of the original series, Dream Defenders has been sold to 80 countries around the world and shown on 5 platforms in the United States including Discovery Family and Amazon Prime. In Europe, it has been show on Super RTL and Planeta Junior. In Asia, it is on DreamWorks TV Asia across 19 Asian countries.

David Kwok, CEO of Tiny Island Productions, shared how Dream Defenders has been adapted for Chinese Audiences. “Somewhere in China, a city suddenly comes under attack by nightmare monsters based on Chinese mythology, such as the Dragon, Kirin and Phoenix. A pair of Chinese twins desperately sends out a distress call for help to Zane and Zoey from the original series, who reveal the secret technology to enter the Dream Worlds. Now these new Chinese heroes must race against time to save their friends and family from the threat of the nightmare monsters.

To make Dream Defenders stand out globally, Tiny Island Productions constantly explores emerging technologies, from its initial broadcast in stereoscopic 3D on 3Net (joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX) to creating Augmented Reality and interactive Virtual Reality experiences that immerse viewers in the Dream Defenders universe.

“Young audiences nowadays will not be satisfied with only watching a series on TV.” David Kwok explains, “In order to give the Chinese audience a better experience with Sci-fi content, we are constantly pushing the limits of new technologies such as VR to create a new form of storytelling and entertainment for today's evolving audiences. Together with our partner Presence Pictures, we integrated technology with creativity to create a unique experience for audiences that expands the stories beyond the TV series.”

“Imagine, after watching an episode, you can pick up your smartphone, slide it into a pair of VR goggles that cost only USD$5 in China, and dive into the world of the show to further immerse yourselves in the story. We wanted to make something audiences can easily jump into, anytime, anywhere, instead of requiring expensive and complicated computer-based setups. But this is not a 360 video. With the Dream Defenders app, when you physically look around, walk, run or jump in the real world, you will do the same in the virtual world. And when you stare and focus on the monsters, you can shoot at them without additional accessories. We are also allowing multiple viewers to simultaneously enter the same scenario, so that they can team up to adventure and fight alongside the heroes together. Audiences are no longer passive observers of the show. Now they are characters in the virtual world, and what they do will change the ending of the stories.”

Tiny Island Productions has plans to tie up with fast food restaurants for Dream Defenders themed promotions where food-packaging boxes for meals can be folded into virtual reality goggles. It hopes to make Dream Defenders easily accessible to the mass audience so that they can be part of the story's evolving universe.






Monday, 19 June 2017

Company BBQ party! part 2

Tiny Island 🌴 is all about our people. It's the people that is what we have been fighting for. Wonderful time with our production partners from Fremantlemedia, Dan Clark Company and Shellhut Entertainment.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Company BBQ party!

Production meeting and fun with our production partners from Fremantlemedia, Dan Clark Company and Shellhut Entertainment.

 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Best gift ever by David Kwok

Yesterday we received a hand written letter from a 12 year kid from New Jersey, USA thanking us for producing Dream Defenders. She hopes that we can make more seasons in future. This is the most precious gift that we have ever received from making the series. It is more valuable than any awards we have ever received from the series. This is a reminder why we are in this business. I am so deeply touched and the feeling is nothing can ever replace in this world.


Marking New Chapter in China

Next Monday 12th June 2017, together with our major Chinese Partner, we will make an announcement at the coming 22nd Shanghai TV Festival 2017. This will mark our new chapter in China. Dream Defenders has come a long way. After reaching out worldwide in 80 countries, we are finally reaching our final and last destination. CHINA πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ Thanks to our Chinese partner for this support. Else we will never come this far.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Recent Chinese Trade Show

At most western trade shows, you can arrange meetings in advance.
At a recent Chinese trade show that I went to (one of the largest trade, outsourcing & investment event for IP - tv/film, animation, games, comics, toys etc) if you are new, you have to work way harder. It's like you are a fan hunting for the autograph of the superstar. (Get the scan of his WeChat account so that you can get in touch with the top executive from the biggest companies. They hardly read their emails) The best part of the game is you do not know who is the superstar. So you need to do your research. Try to find out which talk your superstar is attending. It could be a press conference of a series they have invested in etc. Or pay attention to the host at the event. Normally the VIP sit in front. They are part of the evaluation panelist for project being pitched. The host will announced who the VIP are. Once the event is over, you need to go straight to him asap as many will do the same. Or during networking, walk around, trying to hijack into others conversation.
At the one to one business matching, I was told that Chinese companies do not like to have a schedule of appointments every 30mins like what we used to do in Western market. So it is really like a market place. You walk from table to table to look for the buyer. (They will put a badge on the table) You do not know which company (buyer) is there at the table before hand. And the buyer is different in the morning and afternoon. So you need to walk around. When you see a good buyer, you need to circle around the table like a vulture. Once you see a vacancy, put your yourself on the seat immediately ha ha. Else someone else would.
If you are shy, you might end up going home empty handed. I felt uneasy at first. But there is no choice. In order to survive, one must seize every opportunity. Once you get the attention and interest, do your best as this is the only chance to impress them.
Coming to China is really a good training for survival.



Monday, 15 May 2017

Shared Link: DREAM DEFENDERS VR BY TINY ISLAND PRODUCTIONS, SINGAPORE

Dream Defenders, an original IP created by our partner, Tiny Island Productions, Singapore, has reached out to 80 countries around the world and broadcasted on five channels in USA alone. This year, Dream Defenders VR app was launched, allowing audiences to continue to explore the adventure in the show’s Dream Worlds.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

China Market Intelligence on Animated Film 2017

This is what I gathered from my recent trips to China. I started going to China 2 to 3 years ago. (All numbers below is in USD.) 
Typical Animated Feature Film Budget is below USD$2M. Especially those animation coming from TV series. (This is on the safe side to recoup.) 
For those with budget close to 7M probably targeting at higher quality and aiming for a box office at least close to 60M. 
Those who dare to push the budget at 10M need to have past track record of box office beyond 100M like Monkey King: Hero is back. USD$153M 
Current there are about 100 animated films in China in production or raising funds. They are paying a lot of attention to IP and globalisation. How many will make it to the cinema, still a question. Guess the bubble will eventually burst. That is why opportunities is in the next 2 to 3 years. 
Reference: 
40M to 60M is considered to be decent box office. Below this number means performance not too good. 
Potential box office is close to US. Which is close to USD$400M. 
In 2016 - there seems to be a chance to hit 40M to 60M 
In 2017 - the numbers seems to drop. Average about 6M 
E.g China Animated Films (Targeted China Market) Boonie Bears: Entangled Worlds - Box Office $76,630,780 (Has done well on tv series) 
GG Bond: Guarding - 
Box Office $6,503,093 
Foreign Animated Films (Probably requires huge marketing dollar) http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/china/yearly/… 
Zootopia - Box Office $235,591,257 
Kung Fu Panda 3 - Box Office $154,304,371
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/china/yearly/… 
Sing - Box Office $31,379,920 
The LEGO Batman Movie - Box Office $6,372,757 
Kubo and the Two Strings - Box Office $6,114,589 
A lot of interest in Anime content. Tencent is investing a lot in such IP. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/… 
Your Name did very well in China. Box Office $83,678,210 
Other potential investors include Alibaba Youku, Wanda, QiYi, Alpha etc 
Most people feel safer to target at pre school content for feature. Which is very different approach in US. Most of these films are of lower quality and lower budget. It is tapping on their tv series publicity. 
https://entrepreneurshipinanimation.wordpress.com/…/in-chi…/ 
6 to 12 not easy as most kids are busy studying. 
They do have an interesting market where it is not easy to do it overseas. This is the youth market. From 13 to 26. Your IP should probably involve life style, music and computer games market. 
One unusual thing in China. I thought the stereoscopic 3d market is dead. There still seems to be a demand in Chinese Cinema. Until when, I do not know. For now, it still seems quite hot. Every movie must be in 3d.



The main TV Station in China. CCTV





Saturday, 13 May 2017

Visited StarMaster

StarMaster - A very interesting company that I have visited in Beijing. We have known each other for a few years. Their growth has been tremendous. They have very clever and unique strategy to grow their IP. Their comic site has more than a million fans.






Meeting Aaron Zhou by David Kwok

6th May 2017

I am so happy to be able to finally meet Aaron Zhou. 周迅 Aaron is one of the founder of Big Big Sun. ε€§εƒι˜³ε…‰. He is the 1st Assistant Director & Animation Supervisor for the China's Box Office Record Breaking Animated Feature Film “Monkey King hero is back”. Their pre production work is amazing and they are currently working on a Animated Trilogy. Previously, he used to be the key member of Original Force Beijing before starting his own 160 men team.





Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Precious opportunity by David Kwok

It was not easy I must say. I am glad that eventually I have made it here. It is a good beginning to build a relationship. Thanks to the executive from Wanda Media who has given me this precious opportunity. I am very grateful.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

Met the top executives from Wingsmedia

Fortunate to meet the top executives from Wingsmedia. All these years, they have been very supportive to us. Wingsmedia is part of Shanghai Media Group. SMG (The organisation that has invested in Oriental DreamWorks) Wingsmedia help to globalise China IP. They also help to bring in foreign IP into China.



Monday, 1 May 2017

Some miracle coincidence on newspaper: written by David Kwok

This newspaper mentioned a promising young man from NYP in his final year whom I do not know at that time in 2003. Next to his news, it summarised a big part of my career. It talked about the second animation company I worked for which was my turning point of my career. It mentioned about the first animated series Simeon Rex we worked on with a batch of great friends (Who are now pioneers working in major companies in the industry). We finished the episode with no pay for 6 months, hoping to use the episode to save the company. The article also mentioned the animation association SAC I have been running since 1999. Eventually, I hired this promising year man from NYP during his grad show. (Not knowing he is the guy in the papers.) He was one of the top student at his time. Over the years, we fought for good and bad times together and became best friends. This promising young man is now my VP for production. The second in command in Tiny Island. He is now a father himself just like me. Many years later I found this newspaper and was shocked to see many years ago, he was mentioned just beside my news. At that time, we did not even know each other. It almost feels like the newspaper show signs that we are destined to be in this journey together someday. This promising young man is Ang Chwee Hock. Thanks for being part of my journey.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Singapore Team at CICAF in Hang Zhou

Liew Hong Ze: BD Manager Cacani, David Kwok: Founder / CEO Tiny Island Productions, Stephane Aldebert: Founder/MD of Moutarde & Wasabi, Darran Kuah: Founder and CEO Chips & Toon


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The CICAF event by David Kwok

The CICAF event has several unique activities where we never see it in other overseas trade events. This particular conference focus in outsourcing. Company who wants to outsource their work will present the specs, concept and materials. Attendees are companies who are interested to provide their services. I have to say that a lot of work is available in China now. The seminar is good for companies looking for work. In the west, it seems to be harder and harder to get work. Maybe it's time to look east. The only challenge for foreign companies is you have to figure out how to deal with the withholding taxes and understanding their pipeline etc.


Monday, 24 April 2017

CICAF 2017 opening dinner by David Kwok

After talking to several smaller companies there, it is interesting to understand at what stage they are at with their industry, and how they are transforming. Like I said, there is a lot of potential in China, especially in Guang Zhou, Sheng Zhen, Shanghai and Beijing. It is mainly the next 3 years. Exciting times.



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Shared Link: Article on Worldscreen!

It's too awesome. We are on Worldscreen Top Story in the US. 

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Shared Link: Now we are on KIDSCREEN

Good night, Singapore. Good morning USA. We are on another major kids publication KIDSCREEN!

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Shared Link: Now it is on Toon Barn!

Next on Toonbarn. It is a major kids website! 

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Shared Link: We are on Animation Magazine!

An article about our own IP, "Dream Defenders" is on Animation Magazine. It is one of the major publications.

Singapore’s Tiny Island Production announces its award-winning series Dream Defenders has arrived on Amazon Prime Video, continuing its foray in the US market. The show initially debuted on 3Net (a Discover/Sony/IMAX joint venture) before being picked up by Hulu, Discovery Family and, last year, Kabillion.

Dream Defenders has sold internationally to 80 countries, partnering with major broadcasters including Planeta Junior and Super RTL in Europe, and DreamWorks TV Asia — which covers 19 countries in the region. The show’s US expansion will be bolstered on licensing and new platform fronts. Splash Entertainment and Popeye’s restaurants are teaming up to launch a special promotional kids’ meal, which includes a limited edition 3D Viewer with Dream Defenders scenes in stereo 3D, plus a 3D “Make-A-Scene” pack that lets kids play out scenarios with heroes and villains on 3D Lenticular backgrounds. And in collaboration with Presence Pictures, a recently launched Dream Defenders VR app for iPhone brings users right into the action.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shared Link: ‘Dream Defenders’ Continues Global Expansion Strategy

Singapore’s Tiny Island Production unveils new VR experience and Stereoscopic 3D viewer, teams with Popeyes Restaurants to launch special kids meal in the U.S. 

Tiny Island Production has announced that its award-winning TV series Dream Defenders has been released on Amazon Prime Video. 

This marks Dream Defender’s continued entry into the U.S. market. It originally debuted on 3Net (a joint venture between Discovery Communications, Sony, and IMAX Corporation) and was later picked up by Hulu and Discovery Family. Last year, it was picked up by multi-platform kids entertainment network Kabillion. Internationally, the series has been sold to 80 countries worldwide, including major broadcasters like Planeta Junior and SUPER RTL in Europe, and Dreamworks TV Asia which covers 19 countries across Asia.


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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Dream Defenders Interactive VR app

This is a first demo but you can download and try it first! (Although we are still working on more advance features now.) We will make announcement soon.  
Even though you do not have a VR goggle, you can still play. By moving the handset up and down, you will see that you are moving forward. If you shake the handset really hard, you can see that you are flying high in the VR world. Let your friends know! 

Click here to download the app. 


Friday, 7 April 2017

Workshop for Shellhut Entertainment Staff

We are honoured to be invited to provide a workshop on Animation Pipeline, Production Management and IP Creations for Shellhut Entertainment Staff.






Thursday, 30 March 2017

A lesson at the Toy R Us for entrepreneurship class

Another batch of students from our entrepreneurship in animation and IP creations class had a lesson at the Toy R Us to understand more about Licensing and Merchandising. Hope they can apply what they learnt and become leaders, CEO and producers of Singapore future animation studios.



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

New ZBrush for Designers Course


New ZBrush for Designers Course will be starting from 4th April to 4th May 2017.  Deadline for IMDA Talent Assistance Grant is on 13 March. 

Course Fee : $200 after 90% subsidy from Talent Assistance Grant Learn how to create incredible creatures, from concept development to final sculpture. 
Students will go through the processes of blocking, texturing, posing, lighting, rendering and finally compositing using ZBrush along to other tools such as Alchemy, Photoshop. 
In this class, you will learn how to sculpt creature and character busts, as well as hard surface sculpting of both organic and inorganic subjects. 
Lastly, you will get to learn How to Prepare your Digital Sculpt for 3D Printing!

Interested, email us at admin@cgprotege.com

Friday, 24 February 2017

Shared Link: The Question of Being the First Mover by David Kwok


A member of our group feedback to me about his thoughts on being the first mover in business. ” In businesses, first mover advantage often proves otherwise. The first one to do something usually fails. It’s more of a trap, really. 

Usually, the followers observe and see what works and take out what doesn’t, then gain critical mass and soon people forget about the first mover while crowning the first one to gain critical mass. 2 cents.” 

This is my answer below:

“You are right. I have another approach to this. I can only speak for my own experience. 

When I said first mover, I don’t mean that you blindly go into it. One still need to evaluate the risk. My objective for being the first mover is for branding, publicity and awareness of our company. (Which is very important since we are a small company.) It is almost like jumping the queue. From no one knowing who you are to the global players pay attention to what you do...

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Last meeting at Marza and Sega

Our CEO, David Kwok had a last meeting at Marza and Sega America.