Finance and production venture SK Global is expanding its worldwide production operations and has brought on former Imagine Entertainment CEO and Endemol Shine Americas co-chairman and CEO Charlie Corwin as co-CEO.
Corwin will serve alongside CEO and President John Penotti, effective immediately. SK Global, launched in March 2017 from the merger of Ivanhoe Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and is based in Santa Monica and Singapore.
Riding high on the recent success of Crazy Rich Asians, the company recently announced two projects: The Baccarat Queen starring Cheung Yin Sun as a vengeful young Chinese woman who turned a childhood talent into a remarkable legal gambling run; and Billion Dollar Whale, about the 1MDB Malaysian money laundering scandal that encompassed Hollywood, and political and banking circles.
SK Global is also preparing numerous film and television projects in the US, China, India, Latin America, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
“The recent successes of Crazy Rich Asians, as well as our local-language TV projects including Delhi Crime, shine a spotlight on SK Global’s domestic and international labels,” said Penotti. “Our goal continues to be to find and develop culturally specific stories that feel authentic for local and international audiences alike. Our deep understanding of the international marketplace continues to guide our current conversations with key international financial, distribution and creative collaborators around the globe. These successes and growth are a direct contribution of our talented teams on the ground in each territory. Charlie Corwin will be an essential partner in leveraging our successes into continued access to the best talent and intellectual property around the world.”
SK Global co-chairmen Kimmel and Robert Friedland added, “John Penotti has successfully shepherded our core film business strategies in both the theatrical and global local-language arenas, most recently with Hell Or High Water, Crazy Rich Asians, Neil Jordan’s Greta, our recently acquired Netflix international TV series Delhi Crime and a robust in-production slate of local-language production partnerships. This significant executive addition marks our next step to support SK Global by expanding our broadcast production slate across all platforms, here in the U.S. and abroad.”
Corwin said, “I’m truly thrilled to be joining SK Global at this time of exciting change in our industry. The groundwork has been laid throughout the world for us to take advantage of this moment of continuous and rapid growth in the active marketplace as multiple media platforms are meeting audience appetites for bold storytelling. I’m looking forward to helping John, Robert and Sidney to lead SK Global’s participation in these new and exciting opportunities.”
At Imagine Entertainment, Corwin arranged a TV co-financing venture with Hong Kong-based TVB Ventures, and a co-financing, first-look deal with CBS Corp for scripted and unscripted TV, and long-form digital programming.
He served as co-chairman and CEO of Endemol Shine Americas where he oversaw the 2014 integration of Endemol and Shine in North and South America. His producer and executive producer credits include The Squid And The Whale and Half Nelson.