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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-Agero 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
Year Film Notes Ref.
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]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Busch, Anita (June 19, 2017). "The H Collective, Fueled By China's 'Kenny' Huang, Launches With Projects From Sid Ganis, Mark Johnson, Joe Roth & Jeff Kirschenbaum". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Brzeski, Patrick (September 6, 2018). "China's iQiyi Takes Stake in Vin Diesel's 'xXx 4'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Wiseman, Andrea (November 18, 2020). "'Brightburn' Outfit The H Collective Sets Up German Office With 'Look Who's Back' Co-Producer Mark Rau As CEO Europe". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (May 14, 2019). "Japan's Rakuten Invests In H Collective's 'Brightburn', 'xXx 4' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Kilday, Gregg (September 14, 2017). "The H Collective Names Nic Crawley CEO". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (November 29, 2017). "The H Collective Hires Ivy Sun As Chief Financial Officer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (April 18, 2018). "The H Collective, Sony Pictures In Marketing & Distribution Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (April 24, 2018). "The H Collective: Sherryl Clark Hired As New Production President, Del Mayberry As CFO, Others Promoted". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (May 18, 2018). "The H Collective Inks Three-Picture Co-Production Pact With China's iQiyi". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (May 14, 2019). "Cannes: Japan's Rakuten Takes Stake in The H Collective Action Films 'xXx 4,' 'Brightburn'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (August 1, 2019). "The H Collective, Rakuten Team For Japan-Based Production & Distribution Ventures". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "The H Collective signs co-production deal with Inqisam Studios". Film Industry Network. 18 January 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (June 19, 2017). "'xXx' Sequel, Aaron Paul's 'The Parts You Lose' Get Backing From H Collective". Variety. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  14. ^ Busch, Anita (April 17, 2018). "Vin Diesel, The H Collective Acquire 'xXx' Franchise Rights Before Fourth Installment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Gardner, Eriq (October 12, 2020). "Weying Says 'xXx' Sequel Deal Was a Fraud". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  16. ^ Haring, Bruce (December 8, 2018). "'Brightburn' Trailer: James Gunn-Produced Horror Teaser Released At Brazil's Comic-Con Experience". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  17. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (February 19, 2020). "Espen Sandberg To Helm Survival Thriller 'Beast' Starring Morena Baccarin For Rakuten H Collective – EFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  18. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 20, 2018). "H Collective Lands Aaron W. Sala Horror Spec 'The Beast'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  19. ^ Fonseka, Dileepa (March 13, 2020). "NZ film industry feeling effects of Covid-19 cancellations". Newsroom. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (October 8, 2018). "Film News Roundup: James Gunn's Horror Movie 'BrightBurn' Moved to 2019". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  21. ^ Miska, Brad (December 16, 2020). "'Wrong Turn' Poster and Images Fight Back Against The Foundation [Exclusive]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  22. ^ "Projects". The H Collective. Retrieved January 11, 2021.

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