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‘Snowpiercer’ & ‘Okja’ Producer Samuel Ha Launches Bound Entertainment; Jamie Lai Named Head Of Film & TV

EXCLUSIVE: Film financier and fund manager Samuel Ha has opened the doors to Bound Entertainment, a new studio focused on global stories and Asia co-productions in film and TV, while also publishing web comics for the U.S. and Korea.

Heading up film and TV in the Los Angeles office is 10-year-international feature development vet Jamie Lai, whose credits include co-producing the South Korea-China co-production Bounty Hunters ($32M China box office) starring Lee Min-ho and Tiffany Tang. Lai was also the former lead media producer for Wanda’s movie parks. At Bound, she will focus on bringing content and talent from Korea and Asia, and ramping up a genre-driven IP library.

Ha is the former executive fund manager at Union Investment Partners, Korea’s largest private investor in film and entertainment. He was the executive producer on Bong Joon Ho’s Okja and the associate producer on his SnowpiercerOther producing credits include Kim Jee Won’s Inrang: The Wolf Brigade, STX’s Free State of Jones and Secret in Their Eyes, and Drake Doremus’ Equals.

At the top of Bound Entertainment’s slate is a project based on Benjamin Wallace’s New York Magazine “Chateau Suckers” article, with Fantasy Island and Crazy Rich Asians‘ Jimmy O Yang attached to play the lead, and Ken Cheng adapting and executive producing. The article chronicles the twisty, stranger-than-fiction exploits of notorious wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan (also the subject of the 2016 documentary Sour Grapes), who was convicted in 2013 in the largest case of wine fraud prosecuted in American history.

Said Ha, “We’re excited

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