Japanese group Rakuten has joined Lionsgate’s local film remake consortium, Globalgate.
Globalgate aims to capitalize on the rise of local language features around the world by replicating local hits, primarily for other non-US markets. With Rakuten, the Globalgate consortium already counts among its international production and distribution partners Lionsgate, Televisa, TF1, Nordisk, Tobis, Rai (Italy), TME, Belga Films, Paris Filmes and Viva Communications.
Rakuten is a global e-commerce and internet services conglomerate headquartered in Japan that focuses more closely on the entertainment content creation, marketing and distribution business. Rakuten, as a partner, will receive priority access to intellectual property for film, television and digital content to be produced and co-financed through Globalgate.
“Rakuten’s collaboration with Globalgate will help elevate its prestigious content and intellectual property and further support the globalization of Rakuten’s highly branded media and entertainment platforms,” said Clifford Werber, CEO and co-founder of Globalgate, in a statement.
The Japanese company will seek to accelerate the development of its global IP-based digital content in Japan and around the world by acquiring the rights to redesign popular local language content. “We hope this production process will create opportunities for Japanese creators to go global, while providing opportunities for a diversity of creators and artists to collaborate,” said Koji Ando, Rakuten Group General Manager, in a press release.
Globalgate’s list of movies, TV series and digital includes recent release Dhamaka in India, Sin Hijos in Mexico and upcoming film releases for hunting season a.k.a Jagdseason in Germany, Miss Granny and mom or dad for Mexico and No children for Korea.