Series will now be available for in-flight viewing on the world’s top airlines.
Vancouver, Canada (May 6, 2019)— Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), a global multiplatform entertainment company, is pleased to announce it has reached a distribution deal with Encore Inflight Limited for the first two seasons of the Company’s scripted series Kim’s Convenience. The deal will see the Canadian Screen Award-winning series available for in-flight viewing on major world airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, SilkAir, Scoot, Royal Brunei Airways, Thai Airways, Qantas, and Qatar Airways. The deal will also include season three when available.
Kim’s Convenience is the comedic, heartfelt story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family who runs a convenience store amidst the energetic landscape of downtown Toronto. It follows two generations of the family, as they deal with customers, each other and the evolving world around them. The award-winning series stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa, Jean Yoon as Umma, Simu Liu as Jung, Andrea Bang as Janet, and Andrew Phung as Kimchee.
“Everyone at Thunderbird is thrilled by the expanding international interest and acclaim that Kim’s Convenienceis receiving, now including some of the world’s most prestigious airlines and their customers,” says Jhod Cardinal, Director of Distribution, Thunderbird Entertainment. “While the fictional Kim family lives in downtown Toronto, our new partnership with Encore creates the opportunity for in-flight passengers to experience the wit, charm and heart of the series, bringing them smiles as they travel around the world.”
This high-profile partnership follows other major distribution deals for the award-winning Canadian series. In January, Yoon & Company acquired the series for distribution on cable TV in Japan and Korea, on top of the ongoing partnerships with Netflix for global streaming rights, and with Amazon for VOD rights in the United States and United Kingdom.
“After success on previous distribution deals with Jhod and his team at Thunderbird, for productions including Chasing Eveland Celebrity Style Story, we are excited by the opportunity to continue doing business together,” says Jovita Toh, Chief Executive Officer, Encore Inflight Limited. “We are excited to share Kim’s Conveniencewith viewers in the sky, as they seek to relax and enjoy the in-flight entertainment programming offered by our top-tier airline partners,”
Season three of Kim’s Convenience premiered in Canada on CBC Television on January 8, 2019, and a fourth season begins shooting this spring. The series is based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, who co-created the series with Kevin White. The series is produced by Ivan Fecan, who is also the executive producer along with Choi and White, and Thunderbird’s Executive Chair of the Board.
About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.
Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place. The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.
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