Monday September 17, 2012
Buzzing on TV
Living up to its promise of making more collaborative productions in the Asian region, HBO Asia is working together with Australia’s ABC TV on a 10-episode drama series titled Serangoon Road. Filming is happening right now in Singapore; the 14-week shoot began late last month and is scheduled to continue well into the end of the year.
Starring Chinese actress Joan Chen, Australian actor Don Hany and Singapore talents Alaric Tay and Pamelyn Chee, the series is set in Singapore in the 1960s and revolves around the life of a detective.
In a press release, chief executive officer of HBO Asia Jonathan Spink said: “We’re very pleased to be in partnership with ABC TV to produce HBO Asia’s very first original series. While HBO Asia is still in the business of delivering the biggest and best Hollywood blockbusters and series, this milestone investment marks the beginning of our commitment in producing top quality, relevant and riveting content.”
Serangoon Road is tentatively scheduled to air next. HBO Asia is also involved in the production of a film, Dead Mine, featuring talents from Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia (Carmen Soo is among the stars). It is set to be showcased on HBO Asia on Dec 29 at 10am.
GET ready to check out a new project by Anthony E. Zuiker (CSI creator) titled Cybergeddon on Sept 25, premiering globally and exclusively on Yahoo! That’s right, you watch the nine-chapter series on your computer. It revolves around the shady underworld of cybercrime and it stars Olivier Martinez, Missy Peregrym, Manny Montana and Kick Gurry.
Besides the episodes, there are going to be extras like additional clips to give a further insight into the characters, on-set photos and behind-the-scene clips and interviews.
Cybergeddon is apparently inspired by real life concerns about this subject. The synopsis given in a press release goes like this: Cybergeddon follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase “Rabbit” Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late.
In the release, too, Zuiker is quoted as saying: “Cybergeddon is a cinematic experience that breaks traditional rules. With the global distribution arm of Yahoo!, we will give viewers a way to have more to do after watching the segments to gain more knowledge and further interact with the storyline and cast. The best part is that all of this can be experienced on any device, anytime and anywhere, day and date with the launch of Cybergeddon.”
While waiting for its premiere, why not visit Cybergeddon on Facebook or follow @cybergeddon on Twitter for more information. To view the trailer, go to http://screen.yahoo.com/cybergeddon/.