The H Collective

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The H Collective
FoundedJune 2017;5 years ago (2017-06)
United States

The H Collective is a United States-based film finance, production, marketing and distribution company founded in 2017. [1] The company has Chinese and American backers. THC is headquartered in Los Angeles, [2] and it has offices in Shanghai and Berlin. [3] THC's "first global title" was the 2019 film Brightburn . [4]


Company history

The H Collective was launched during the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival with the goal of financing and/or producing four films a year in its first four years. [1] In the following September, the company hired as CEO Nic Crawley, who was the president of international marketing and distribution for Paramount Pictures. [5] The company subsequently hired Jenna Sanz-Ageroas as EVP Business Affairs and Operations and Ivy Sun as CFO. [6] The company is financially backed by Chinese brothers Kenneth Huang and Kent Huang as well as other Chinese and American backers. [2]

In April 2018, THC partnered with Sony Pictures to market and distribute THC's films. [7] In the same month, Sherryl Clark was hired as THC's President of Production. Sanz-Agero was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and Sun was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer. Del Mayberry replaced Sun as the CFO. [8] In the following May, THC partnered with the online video platform company iQiyi to co-produce three films. [9]

In May 2019, THC secured investment funding from the Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company Rakuten. [10] By the following August, THC partnered with Rakuten to establish two new entities: the joint venture film production entity Rakuten H Collective Studio and the distribution company Rakuten Distribution. [11]

In 2020, THC opened in Berlin an office that would focus on film development and production, with Mark Rau as Europe CEO. [3] In January 2022, THC signed a co-production deal with Inqisam Studio, a subcompany of Saudi Arabia's Nowaar Entertainment, to produce global films with a focus on the Arabic speaking market. [12]

Project history

The H Collective's first projects in 2017 were distributing and marketing in the Americas the films Hanson and the Beast , Wolf Warrior 2 , and A Better Tomorrow 2018 . [1] THC also started in June 2017 backing six projects including The Parts You Lose (ultimately released in 2019) and a fourth installment of the XXX film series (not yet produced). [13] In April 2018, THC acquired the rights to the XXX film series from Revolution Studios. [14] In October 2020, Weying Galaxy filed a lawsuit involving counterparty THC over misrepresentation of acquiring full rights to the XXX film series and alleged "numerous unauthorized transactions" regarding rights to XXX. [15]

In 2018, THC financed and produced the film Brightburn with Troll Court Entertainment, the company of James Gunn, one of the film's producers. [16] With a release in 2019, Deadline Hollywood called Brightburn THC's "first global title". [4]

The first film to be produced under THC's 2019 partnership with Rakuten is Beast, based on a Black List script by Aaron W. Sala, [17] which was acquired in March 2018 by THC in a mid-six figure deal. [18] Morena Baccarin was cast in the starring role, and Espen Sandberg was hired to direct the film. Filming was planned to start in New Zealand in late March 2020, [17] but due to concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic there, production was temporarily halted. [19]


Films with The H Collective's involvement
2017 Hanson and the Beast North and South American distribution rights [1]
2017 Wolf Warrior 2 North and South American distribution rights [1]
2018 A Better Tomorrow 2018 North and South American distribution rights [1]
2019 The Parts You Lose Produced by The H Collective and Gran Via Productions, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films [5]
2019 Brightburn Produced by The H Collective, distributed by Screen Gems [20]
2021 Wrong Turn Produced by The H Collective and Constantin Film, distributed by Saban Films [21]

Projects in development by The H Collective include The Vineyard, Beast, The Remainders, and Shadow Song. [22]

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