Originally a purveyor of golf equipment and clothing, Fantom in the past two years has expanded its businesses to include film, TV and music production and distribution.
Its talent management stable includes actors like Lee Jung-jae (Typhoon) and Shin Ha-kyun (No Mercy for the Rude), and hit rappers and singers like MC Mong and Ivy.
Fantom's other recent acquisitions included Doughnuts Media, formerly known as Popcorn Film (Running Wild), and DY Entertainment, which manages top TV show hosts. It also formed a partnership with one of Korea's major newspapers, the Joong Ang Daily, earlier this year.
Cineclick will be in charge of Fantom's visual entertainment business, with the Cineclick Asia name as the brand of the division which will handle local and international investment, production, and distribution.
'We plan to expand our involvement in co-productions and to pick up more foreign language films for international sales, in addition to our Korean titles,' says Young-joo Suh, head of Cineclick. Suh will now assume the title of vice president at Fantom.
The sales agent made its first foreign language pick-up with Wang Quan An's Tuya's Marriage, just before the Berlinale where it won the Golden Bear. The film did a slew of deals at the European Film Market, including one with Lucky Red for Italy and one with Arsenal for Germany.
Cineclick is also co-producing Opium War, by Golden Globe-winning director Siddiq Barmak (Osama). The film starts production next month in Afghanistan.
Established in 2000 as a division of Interclick Co. Ltd., Cineclick is known as Korea's most successful independent seller, distributing films like Lee Chang-dong's Venice-awarded Oasis, Park Chan-wook's Cannes award-winning Old Boy, and Bong Joon-ho's record-breaking hit The Host, which recently opened in the US.
The company also handles a slate of Kim Ki-duk films including the maverick festival favorite's upcoming Breath, starring Taiwanese heart-throb Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon). The film has been doing steady pre-sales deals on the basis of the synopsis and the director's track record.
Cineclick's Filmart slate includes Daniel Henney starrer Seducing Mr. Perfect, which was shot in Hong Kong.