Film Business Asia, A Promising Online Trade Paper

August 28, 2010

Film Business Asia, A New Adventure after Variety Asia

A few days ago I was in India attending the 20th anniversary of the NETPAC International (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). At the “Imaging Asia” conference, I came across Patrick Frater, CEO of the Film Business Asia Co., and learned he, along with his talented team, has been working on this new adventure for quite some time. I have to say this is something I am always looking for, a rich resource that covers almost all regions of Asian film cultures. Here is the blurb from the “About Us” section of the site:

“Film Business Asia is a new company, created and run by some familiar names in Asian film: Patrick Frater and Stephen Cremin.

“Based in Hong Kong and with a reach across the Asia-Pacific region, the company is a next-generation film trade publication — less magazine and more market intelligence platform”.

Patrick Frater (CEO)
Over 20 years of experience as a journalist (formerly with Variety, Screen International and Hollywood Reporter) in three countries, an unmatched knowledge of the film business and a commitment to improving the professionalism of the Asian film business media, have brought Patrick to the point today where he launches Film Business Asia.

Stephen Cremin (CTO)
Stephen co-founded the London Pan-Asian Film Festival in 1998 before joining Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. He has also worked as a correspondent for Screen International in Taipei. However, his life work is a multilingual database of Asian cinema that has been in active development since 1993 and forms the core of Film Business Asia.

Link to the Film Business Asia: filmbiz.asia