New Singapore-based production company HiJack Pictures is being formed by distributor and producer Clover Films and J Team Productions, the company controlled by the country’s most commercially successful filmmaker, Jack Neo.
HiJack will be equally owned by the two parties and aims to “produce high quality content that resonates with global audiences”. The new company’s board members are Clover Films founders Lim Teck and Paulyn Chua, and J Team’s Neo and Irene Kng.
“We hope to nurture a new generation of Singaporean filmmakers to produce commercially viable content that also connects with audiences. We hope to work with regional partners to create a series of feature content that I will lead or oversee. There is great potential in this collaboration between our two companies and we look forward to making this synergy work,” said Neo. No new titles or business relationships were announced.
“We came up with the name HiJack Pictures as a little tribute to Singapore’s most successful filmmaker at the box office [Neo]. Of course, we wouldn’t mind ‘hijacking’ any film projects on the market either,” said Lim Teck. “By leveraging our respective expertise in manufacturing, marketing and sales, we are confident in creating something much greater than the sum of its parts.”
Founded around 13 years ago, Clover Films specializes in the distribution and production of Asian films in Southeast Asia. It has distributed and marketed such titles as Train to Busan, Shockwave 1 & 2, Shoplifters, Parasite, Dear Tenant, and Better Days. It co-produced Branch Party, King of Mahjong, Ramen The, Reunion Dinner and Neo’s Ah Boys to Men 1 & 2.
In June 2021, Clover agreed to sell a majority stake to publicly traded mini-conglomerate GHY Culture. A few months later, however, the deal was canceled without explanation.
J Team credits include the Ah Boys to Men franchise, the I Not Stupid franchise, and the award-winning Homerun. Neo was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2005 for his contribution to Singapore’s media industry.
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