Spackman Entertainment Group’s #ALIVE the number one Asian film on Netflix U.S. in 2020

January 06, 2021 - 06:20
Spackman Entertainment Group’s #ALIVE the number one Asian film on Netflix U.S. in 2020

  • Produced by the Group's indirectwholly-owned subsidiary, Zip Cinema, #ALIVEis the highest ranking Asian film on Netflix U.S. in 2020
  • Headlined by Yoo Ah-inof Spackman Media Group, and Park Shin-hye,#ALIVE ranks 4th under Netflix'smost-watched international films in the U.S.
  • Following #ALIVE, Zip Cinema's upcoming film, BROKER, to star Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won and Bae Doona and to be directedby Japanese film director, Kore-eda Hirozaku

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 6 January 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SpackmanEntertainment Group" or the "Company"and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"),one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that#ALIVE, produced by the Company'sindirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Zip Cinema Co., Ltd. ("Zip Cinema"), achieved the top position as the most-watched Asianfilm on Netflix in the U.S. for the year 2020. 


Accordingto The Wall Street Journal, #ALIVEranked 4th out of the top 10 most-watched foreign movies on Netflixin the United States in 2020[1], making it the highestranking among Asian films.


Followingits theatrical run in Korea in September 2020, #ALIVE  took the firstposition on the global chart of TOP Movieson Netflix in the World on September 10[2]. #ALIVE was previously ranked #1 in 35countries around the world based on viewership in Singapore, Thailand, HongKong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Russia, India, France, the United States, etc.,during the same month of its release on Netflix[3]. The filmpremiered internationally on Netflix on 8 September 2020.

Starringtop leading actor Yoo Ah-in of UAA&CO Inc., a subsidiary of the Group'sassociated company Spackman Media Group Limited ("Spackman Media Group"), and superstar actress Park Shin-hye, #ALIVE previously crossed the 1 millionticket sales within five days of its theatrical release and maintained its #1position at the Korean box office for three consecutive weeks. 

InKorea, #ALIVE achieved the topranking in VOD sales since the first day of its post-theatrical release on 28July 2020 in Korea[4],taking the #1 position at top IPTV channels including KT's Olleh TV and DigitalCable TV Home Choice, as of 4 August 2020.

#ALIVE isbased on an original scenario by Hollywood writer Matt Taylor, who produced theAmerican documentary series, SMALLBUSINESS REVOLUTION: MAIN STREET.

Thefilm relates the story of isolated survivors of a city under lockdown that getsout of control as a consequence of a sudden spread of an unknown infection.UAA's Yoo Ah-in of DEFAULT (2018), BURNING (2018) & VETERAN (2015) shall play the role ofJoon Woon, a gamer who survived by himself and becomes disconnected from therest of the world. Park Shin-hye of MEMORIESOF THE ALHAMBRA (2018), THE DOCTORS(2016) & THE HEIRS (2013) takeson the role of Yoo Bin, another survivor who relies on her own survival skillsthroughout the extremely challenging situation in the city.

Thefilm is distributed by Lotte Entertainment and directed by Jo II Hyung.

Formore information on #ALIVE and itsofficial trailer, visit the Group's website at #ALIVEis currently being screened on Netflix at

Following #ALIVE, ZipCinema's next major, with the working title, BROKER, to be headlined by leading Korean actors Song Kang-ho, GangDong-won and Bae Doona and directed by celebrated Japanese film director,Kore-eda Hirozaku, is scheduled to commence filming this year.

With BROKER, Zip Cinema is aiming to produceits fourth consecutive commercially successful film, after the release of #ALIVE (2020), CRAZY ROMANCE (2019) and DEFAULT(2018).

[1] The Wall Street Journal,, What Netflix's Lists of Top Foreign Movies and TVSeries Say About American Taste, 9 December 2020

[2] FlixPatrol,, TOP Movies on Netflix inthe World on September 10, 10 September 2020

About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited

Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), founded in 2011 by CharlesSpackman, is one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups. SEGL isprimarily engaged in the independent development, production, presentation, andfinancing of theatrical motion pictures in Korea. According to Variety, Koreawas the world's fourth largest box office market in 2019, behind only NorthAmerica, China and Japan.   

The Group also invests into and produces Korean television dramas. Inaddition to our content business, we also own equity stakes inentertainment-related companies and film funds that can financially andstrategically complement our existing core operations. SEGL is listed on theCatalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the ticker40E.

Production Labels


SEGL's wholly-owned Zip Cinema Co., Ltd. ("Zip Cinema") is one of the mostrecognised film production labels in Korea and has originated and produced someof Korea's most commercially successful theatrical films, consecutivelyproducing 10 profitable movies since 2009 representing an industry leadingtrack record. Recent theatrical releases of Zip Cinema's motion picturesinclude some of Korea's highest grossing and award-winning films such as CRAZY ROMANCE (2019), DEFAULT (2018), MASTER (2016), THE PRIESTS(2015), COLD EYES (2013), and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (2012). For moreinformation on Zip Cinema, do visit  

SEGL also ownsNovus Mediacorp Co., Ltd. ("NovusMediacorp"), an investor, presenter, and/or post-theatrical distributor fora total of 79 films (58 Korean and 21 foreign) including ROSE OF BETRAYAL, THE OUTLAWSand SECRETLY, GREATLY, which was oneof the biggest box office hits of 2013 starring Kim Soo-hyun of MY LOVE FROM THE STARS, as well as FRIEND 2: THE GREAT LEGACY. In 2012,Novus Mediacorp was also the post-theatrical rights distributor of ALL ABOUT MY WIFE, a top-grossingromantic comedy produced by Zip Cinema. In 2018, THE OUTLAWS, co-presented by Novus Mediacorp broke the all-timehighest Video On Demand ("VOD")sales records in Korea. For more information on Novus Mediacorp, do visit  

The Company owns a 100% equity interest inSimplex Films Limited ("Simplex Films")which is an early stage film production firm. Simplex Films has the followingfilms in the pipeline namely, A BOLT FROMTHE BLUE, IRREVOCABLE PROMISE andOUR SUPERSTAR K.

The Company ownsa 100% equity interest Take Pictures Pte. Ltd. ("Take Pictures") which has a line-up of several films including STONE SKIPPING, GUARDIAN (working title)and the co-production with Zip Cinema for THEPRIESTS 2.

The Company owns a 100% equity interest in GreenlightContent Limited which is mainly involvedin the business of investing into dramas and movies, as well as providingconsulting services for the production of Korean content.

The Company ownsa 20% equity interest in The Makers Studio Co. Ltd., which plans to produce andrelease four upcoming films, the first of which will be THE ISLAND OF THE GHOST'S WAIL, a comedy horror film.

Our films are theatrically distributed and released in Korea andoverseas markets, as well as for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide releasein other forms of media, including online streaming, cable TV, broadcast TV,IPTV, video-on-demand, and home video/DVD, etc. We release all of our motionpictures into wide-theatrical exhibition initially in Korea, and then inoverseas and ancillary markets.



The Company holds an effective shareholdinginterest of 43.88% in Spackman Media Group Limited ("SMGL"). SMGL, a company incorporated in Hong Kong, together withits subsidiaries, is collectively one of the largest entertainment talentagencies in Korea in terms of the number of artists under management, includingsome of the top names in the Korean entertainment industry. SMGL operates itstalent management business through renowned agencies such as MSteamEntertainment Co., Ltd. (Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-jung, Ko Sung-hee), UAA&COInc. (Song Hye-kyo, Yoo Ah-in, Park Hyung-sik), Fiftyone K Inc. (So Ji Sub, OkTaec-yeon), SBD Entertainment Inc. (Son Suk-ku), and Kook Entertainment Co.,Ltd. (Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Ji-young). Through these full-service talent agenciesin Korea, SMGL represents and guides the professional careers of a leadingroster of award-winning actors/actresses in the practice areas of motionpictures, television, commercial endorsements, and branded entertainment. SMGLleverages its unparalleled portfolio of artists as a platform to develop,produce, finance and own the highest quality of entertainment content projects,including theatrical motion pictures, variety shows and TV dramas. Thisplatform also creates and derives opportunities for SMGL to make strategicinvestments in development stage businesses that can collaborate with SMGLartists. SMGL is an associated company of the Company.

The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Constellation Agency Pte.Ltd. 

("Constellation Agency").Constellation Agency, which owns The P Factory Co., Ltd. ("The P Factory") and Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. ("PMG"), is primarily involved in thebusiness of overseas agency for Korean artists venturing into the overseasmarket. The P Factory is an innovative marketing solutions providerspecializing in event and branded content production. PMG is a talentmanagement agency which represents and manages the careers of major artists infilm, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment.

Strategic Businesses


The Company owns a 100% equity interest in FramePictures Co., Ltd. ("Frame Pictures").Frame Pictures is a leader in the movie/drama equipment leasing business inKorea. Established in 2014, Frame Pictures has worked with over 25 topdirectors and provided the camera and lighting equipment for some of Korea'smost notable drama and movie projects including ITAEWON CLASS (2020), HOW TOBUY A FRIEND (2020), KIM JI-YOUNG,BORN 1982 (2019), FOUR MEN (2019)and ASADAL CHRONICLES (2019). 

Previously, FramePictures was also involved in GIRL COPS (2018),MALMOI (2018), SUITS (2018), MISTRESS(2018), LIFE (2018), LIVE (2018), MONEY FLOWER (2017), SWEETREVENGE (2017), BAD GUYS 2 (2017),THE LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA (2016) andVETERAN (2015).

We also operate a café-lounge called Upper West, in the Gangnamdistrict of Seoul and own a professional photography studio, noon pictures Co.,Ltd.

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