An independent production company with a high reputation and long-standing track record of production in theatre, music and contemporary performing arts as well as film and television. Specializing in cross cultural projects and co-productions with Asia, and China in particular, we have worked in collaboration with major theatres, festivals, performing arts organizations, and film & television networks in the region since 1979.
Our special knowledge of both Eastern and Western cultures, and our longstanding networks across the region, have enabled us to work extensively with many major arts organizations and production companies in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Ziyin Wang Gantner graduated in 1982 from the Beijing Film Academy as a member of Chinese “Fifth Generation” filmmakers. She worked at China Central Television (CCTV) as a director before she came to Australia for the postgraduate studies in film at the Swinburne Film & Television School (now VCA Film School of the University of Melbourne) in 1985. After the graduation from SFTVS, she joined SBS television when she directed documentary films, “Try Your Fortune”, “ Return of the Monkey King”, “ One Step into the Journey” between 1988 and 1990. Between 1991 and 1992, she worked as an assistant to director for “Cracker”, a drama series of ABC-TV, BBC and Southern Star. Ziyin began working at Film Australia in 1993 when she directed a documentary film, “Dream House”. She was also the Associate Producer for a number of productions, “Flower and the Wide Sea”, “ No Sex, No Violence, No News” etc…, before she joined Southern Star Entertainment 1996.
Ziyin was mainly responsible for setting up co-productions between Southern Star and China. She worked on numerous successful projects and Southern Star continued its cooperation with China after she left the company in 2003. The projects include: Spellbinder 2 – The Land of the Dragon Lord, (co-production with Polish TV-1 and Shanghai Film Studio); Ketchup and The Toothbrush Family (co-production with NHK-Japan and Shanghai Animation Film Studios), Tracey McBean (co-Productions with Shanghai Animation Film Studio); Magic Mountain, Secret China and Wild China (all co-productions with CCTV).
Ziyin became a director of Playking Productions Pty Ltd in Melbourne in 2003.
Jess Zhang is an Associate Producer at Playking Productions and has multi-disciplinary experience accross development, financing, and production, leveraging an international background to facilitate collaberation and communication accross all facets of production and development.
Previously, Zhang was the Creative Director at Antone Creative, a creative marketing agency with local clients that include Tourism Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, and Malthouse Theatre.
Zhang holds a Bachelor of Communication Design and Masters of Professional Accounting from RMIT University.