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Hollywood Reporter. Founded in 1998 by CEO Patrick McKenna, Ingenious has raised and deployed over £8 billion in the media and entertainment, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Ingenious is the largest independent investor in the UK creative economy. This is the first deal to qualify under a landmark film co-production treaty between the UK and China signed In April 2014 by UK Minister of culture Ed Vaizey and Tong Gang, Vice Minister of China’s State Administration of Radio, Film & Television (SARFT). The treaty allows qualifying British/Chinese co-productions to access national benefits including sources of finance and an easier passage to audiences. In the UK this includes the Film Tax Relief and the BFI Film Fund, which is the UK’s largest public film fund. In addition, eligible co-productions will not be subject to China’s quota on foreign films, which only permits a limited number of non-domestic titles to be shown in Chinese cinemas each year. “The co-production treaty with China, which has the largest growing film industry in the world, is hugely significant for UK film as it will open the door for our filmmakers to collaborate and contribute to each other’s success,” said Amanda Nevill, CEO of the British Film Institute (BFI). “As a leading culture company under SARFT, Hejing has played a very important role in saving traditional Chinese culture by editing and republishing some of the most distinguished Chinese books from ancient times,” said Zhang Aiyi, CEO of Hejing Culture. “Now that we have collected and have ownership of such important Chinese stories and their associated rights, it’s time to go international and show the world the charm of Chinese content and Chinese story-telling. We’re so honored to launch this program of internationalization by partnering with Ingenious, a wonderful film company with an unbelievable track record. I truly believe we can co-develop some great western and eastern film and TV projects together,” he added. “The global market for entertainment content is experiencing an exciting period of change — from the seismic shifts in individual consumption patterns to the unprecedented growth in China,” said Neil Forster, CEO of Ingenious Investments. “Any long-term global growth strategy has to involve an alignment with the right kind of partners, and we couldn’t be more delighted to be working alongside Hejing to continue to bring high-quality entertainment to global audiences.” Over the past ten years, Ingenious has executive produced more than 100 feature films, from BAFTA-winning British classics like Children of Men and Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake to Oscar-winning US blockbusters like The Golden Compass and Avatar, last season’s Oscar contenders Brooklyn and Carol, as well as Hitchcock, and Life of Pi. Ingenious funds have helped to produce more than 400 hours of programming and over 90 projects, ranging from gripping UK dramas such as Foyle’s War, Law & Order, UK and Zen, to major international animation series including Marvel’s Superhero Squad and Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train. Ingenious has cultivated close relationships with many of the UK’s top independent production companies, such as Hat Trick, Impossible, Kudos, Left Bank Pictures and Mammoth Screen, responsible for producing content for major broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV and Sky. Ingenious has also co-financed or co-produced more than 550 hours of television programming with partners including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Disney, Lionsgate, Film4, Pathé, the BBC, ITV and Endemol Shine.]]>