|David Teo and his wife Jane Lim|
He is a businessman, a motivator, a strategist plus he has the creative vision the film industry needs. His ability to deal with potential problems before it happens is the envy of many film makers. Many even likened him to the next Run Run Shaw, the Hong Kong media mogul who started the film market and established the Shaw Organisation in Malaysia.
"I plan to release at least two to three movies in a month. MIG only works for 10 months while the other two months have been put aside for the festive season," says the 47-year-old prolific film producer during a special gathering to usher in the Chinese New Year recently.
Teo produced his first film, Syukur 21 in 2000 and although it flopped at the box office, the movie won the Jury Award at the 14th Malaysian Film Festival for Best Visual Effects, the win inspired Teo to work harder especially on marketing strategy. Today, the businessman has mastered the art of film making and has produced several box office movies. His plan for this year is to release more than 29 movies.
|David Teo with his family and MiG Group members.|
Teo says MIG caters to different movie genres and there will be a variety of movies from religious to romantic to horror in the pipeline for this year's calendar. Some of the movies coming soon include Sumpahan Kum Kum (horror), Ajiboy (comedy), 7 Petala Cinta (religious), Minyak Dagu (horror), Assalamualaikum Cinta (romance comedy), Keramat (horror) and Taikun (comedy).
Apart from producing movies, MIG is also keen to nurture young talents to become directors, scriptwriters and also artistes. Going by the slogan, 'Artistes are not born but created', Teo says he has helpe nurture some of Malaysia's leading celebrities like award-winning actor Shaheizy Sam, Pierre Andre, Farid Kamil, Lisa Surihani, Maya Karin, Fizo Omar, Kamal Adli, Yana Samsudin and many more.
Teo has also started the Skim 10 Pengarah Muda MIG (MIG Young Directors Scheme) which has proven to be a winner as most of the director under the scheme has struck box office hits for their movies. One of those under the scheme is actor turned director Farid Kamil who raked in RM8 million through his first directorial debut Kongsi.
Other promising young directors are Pierr Andre, Azhari Zain, Hashim Rejab, Yana Samsudin, Ismail Bob Hasim, Nor Hazlin Salam and Eyra Rahman.
MIG currently has more than 70 resident artistes and 300 staff under their payroll. "It's not easy keeping everything and every one in order and happy. There are a lot of sacrifices and a certain standard of decorum that has to be imposed to make sure everything runs smoothly," says Teo adding that he intends to implement the screening process for all MIG resident artistes from time to time.
The screening process he says will weed out the undesirables. “I have to be strict to make sure the artistes under IMG adhere to the rules. I can't afford to have artistes whose problems overshadow their talent. If they do have a problem, as a family we'll try to solve it,” says the father of four kids and whose wife, Jane Lim handles the movie production end of MIG.