With a budget of $25 million, “Golden Mountain” is planned as 120 one-hour episodes set to shoot in China and the U.S. and broadcast in China over three years starting in 2011, Los Angeles and Beijing-based Metan said Tuesday.
Metan was founded in February by U.S. TV industry vets Martin Pompadur and Larry Namer with their Chinese partner Jean Zhang of the San Francisco-based China business consultancy AmeriLink.
The “Golden Mountain” story will be shaped by writer Zhao Dongjing. Zhao was winner of China’s Golden Rooster award in 2004 for best screenplay for “The Story of Xiao Yan,” and is a seven-time recipient of the Five-One award named for the May 1 Workers Holiday and issued by the publicity department of the Communist party for promoting correct ideology.
Metan said “Golden Mountain” is the first step in a partnership in which it hopes to help Shandong boost its programs’ global appeal.
Jin Liang, VP of Shandong Film & TV, said he was pleased to work with Metan on the story of Chinese immigrants’ role in the completion of California’s Central Pacific Railway.