Dated: 5 October 2004

A two-part romance period drama adapted from American writer Barbara Wood's novel and featuring an international cast of German and Asian stars will be showcased at the Singapore Pavilion at stand number 05.20 - 07.19 on 5 October 2004.

House of Harmony will also be shown on prime-time television in Germany next year over one of the country's main terrestrial broadcasters, ZDF TV, which has an audience reach of over 15 million viewers.

House of Harmony is a lavish adaptation of a story that is set in both Singapore and Los Angeles. A bittersweet story that spans three decades and two generations of love lost and found, its female protagonists triumph over age-old traditions, racial prejudices and rejection as they sacrifice everything to be with the men they love. Their turbulent love stories ignite revenge, anger and betrayal, leading to a sizzling climax when family secrets are revealed and relationships tested.

Big names from the international main cast include Hong Kong's Maggie Q (Manhattan Midnight and Around the World in Eighty Days), Singapore's Fann Wong (Shanghai Knights) and Germany's Daniel Morgenroth (Bergkristall, Mrin Weg zu Dir and You Belong to Me).

House of Harmony is helmed by established German director, Marco Serafini, whose work includes over 60 titles ranging from dramas (Love, Lies and Passion) to romantic comedies (Ein Banker Zum Verlieben) to thrillers (Polizeiruf) to science fiction (Mondkraker) to sitcoms (Coach).

House of Harmony is a joint production between Germany's FFP New Media GmbH, one of Europe's leading television production companies, and ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), Singapore's Oak3 Films and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA).

Ms Heidi Ulmke, Head of FFP New Media GmbH said, "FFP was fortunate to be put in contact with Oak3 Films with the help of Singapore's MDA. We were looking for a partner with the level of expertise, creativity and reliability needed for an international collaboration of this scale. And we were most pleased to have found that in Oak3Films."

Said Ms Zaihirat Banu, Director of Oak3 Films, "This project is a perfect call for collaboration between FFP and Oak3 Films, with its East-meets-West storyline set against the backdrop of Singapore. We are most pleased to work with FFP in developing this project with them."

Mr Seto Lok Yin, Director of Industry Development at the MDA said, "This project exemplifies the capabilities of Singapore production companies and follows the success of other international projects by Singapore media companies. This co-production certainly marks another milestone in the growth of the Singapore media industry."

Filming for the House of Harmony was done entirely in Singapore. House of Harmony was shot on Super 16mm film format and dubbed into German, English and Mandarin.

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Sharanjit Kaur
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Tan Poh Cheng Assistant Director, Corporate&Marketing Communications
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We will be at Palais Des Festivals, Singapore Pavilion, Stand No 05.20-07.19 from 4 to 8 October.

Oak3 Films Pte Ltd
Ms Zaihirat Banu / Ms Suat Yen Lim
Tel: +65 6226 2338
Fax: +65 6226 6229

About Oak3films
Founded in 1998 in Singapore by Suat Yen Lim, Zaihirat Banu and Jason Lai, Oak3 Films has earned a reputation for high quality productions. From feature films to TV dramas, documentaries, animated series and children programmes. These programmes were shot and aired throughout Asia and produced together with MediaCorp, Discovery Channel, Channel 8. Among its major award-winning productions screened at international festivals: The Road Less Travelled, School Days, Gods Must Be Hungry, Fun Taiwan, 3 Feet Apart.

About FFP Media GmbH
One of the leading TV production companies in Europe, FFP New Media GmbH works on behalf of broadcasters like ZDF, ARD, Pro7, Sat. It was founded in 1980 by CEO Michael Smeaton and Heidi Ulmke joined the company in 1989. In 1993 Heidi Ulmke won the BAFTA Award for the best drama series. It was a co-production in English. Among its several hits--adaptations from popular novels of Rosamunde Pilcher, Joy Fielding Deep End, Life Penalty, Charlotte Binghams To Hear A Nightingale, and Barbara Wood Vital Signs, The Dreaming. In 1998 FFP New Media GmbH has co-produced Hard Times in Los Angeles together with Barry Levinson Productions and Turner Network Television. Heidi Ulmke is the head of its Munich office which develops international projects.

About the Media Development Authority of Singapore
The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) aims to develop Singapore into a global media city. Its Media 21 strategy seeks to create a vibrant environment for the industry and public via five key thrusts: establish Singapore as a media exchange;export 'Made-by-Singapore' content;internationalise local media companies;nurture local media talents and develop digital media.

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