Metan Development Group Expands Operations In China With Creation of Metan International Talent Management (MITM)
MITM Inks First Deal with International Author/Journalist Annie Wang
Online PR News – 30-June-2011 – – Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 28, 2011-- Metan Development Group (Metan) today announced the launch of a new division to its rapidly expanding business in China - Metan International Talent Management (MITM), the announcement was made today by Larry Namer, President/CEO Metan.
“The China market is growing at a rapid pace in all areas, including modern culture and entertainment,” said Namer. “Entertainment content in China definitely has far reaching global appeal. Metan has recognized this, and developing a division dedicated to bringing Chinese talent to the forefront of Western media is a natural step in our expansion in the region.”
Former William Morris senior executive and Metan’s executive vice president Neil Strum will oversee the new venture that will represent projects and secure product endorsement deals with actors, writers and musicians in China and worldwide. MITM will also work with Western talent specifically in the Chinese market.
International author and journalist Annie Wang is the first signed to the new division that will represent Ms. Wang’s interests and projects across all media globally. MITM will be signing clients in all areas of entertainment, including film, TV, literary, music and sports.
“The launch of our new talent management division is a natural evolution for Metan. We’re delighted to sign an author of such a high caliber as Annie Wang,” said Strum. “We look forward to working with Annie as we expand her exposure in all global markets as a speaker, writer, and women’s rights activist.”
"I’ve been very impressed by the inroads Metan has made in all areas of the entertainment industry in China since they first entered the region in 2009,” added Wang. “Metan is a great partner for me, and I am pleased to work their talented team as they represent my projects on a global scale.”
Metan first launched in 2009 with a vision to bring Western media content tailored to Chinese audiences. Since then, the company has been very successful with its flagship series Hello! Hollywood, a weekly entertainment news series now available in over 50 stations reaching 600 million viewers. Recent deals include an exclusive distribution deal with Fusion TV where the companies will develop and distribute Fusion TV-branded online, mobile, IPTV, and television channels in China. Metan also has inked deals with such major global brands as Coach, Ford and Philips.
Hailed by The Los Angeles times as a striking new literary voice, Annie Wang is an editor, public speaker, and author who specializes women’s issue. She has written ten books in Chinese and two novels in English. Her English language debut, Lili (in June of 2001 by Pantheon Books ) was published internationally to critical acclaim.
A multi-layered novel filled with emotional, psychological and societal turmoil, Lili tells the story of a "bad girl's" maturation and adventure in the Post-Mao Era leading up the Student Movement in 1989. Her second English novel, The People’s Republic of Desire (Harper Collins 2006) offers up a hilarious satire and insightful portrait of China’s MTV generation, urban women, and cross-cultural relationships. It has been described as a cross between Sex and the City and Joy Luck Club.
Based on her popular weekly column in the South China Morning Post and her Chinese bestseller Unbearable Shallowness, People’s Republic of Desire was serialized on NPR’s Pacific Times for six months and was reprinted in Chinese by North America’s most popular Chinese newspaper World Journal. A CNN crew also followed Annie around in Shanghai to search for the modern women in her writing.
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, she worked for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, and then served in the Washington Post's Beijing bureau and the U.S. State Department. In 2004, she returned to China and has been running such fashion magazines as In Style and Tatler. Today, she resides in Shanghai and Beijing.
Launched in 2009, Metan Development Group LLC (Metan) is a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for international markets. The company's founders are entertainment industry veteran Martin Pompadur, E! Entertainment Television co-founder Larry Namer, Russian advertising agency entrepreneur Oganes Sobolev and Amerilink founder Jean Zhang.