Mohd Naguib Razak is non-executive chairman of MyCreative

By TMR / Pic By

MYCREATIVE Ventures Sdn Bhd has announced the appointment of its new non-executive chairman, Mohd Naguib Razak (picture), who assumed office on Aug 6, 2019.

Mohd Naguib was the founder and CEO of Resonance Media Group of Cos, a joint venture comprising stakeholders in Tokyo, Japan; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Working closely with private equity specialists, asset managers and investment bankers in the US, the Middle East and Asia, Japanese Intellectual Property (IP) aggregators, and Hollywood professionals, Mohd Naguib has developed Resonance Media into an international film finance, IP aggregation and production company with a range of animation, television and film projects in Tokyo, London, the UK and Los Angeles, US, as well as a strong line-up of Japanese IPs under its supervision being prepared to be made into live-action feature films in Hollywood.

Mohd Naguib brings with him a unique blend of private and public sector experience and assumes the position with extensive domestic and international accolade behind him.

Prior to Resonance Media, he was advising government organisations, regional media associations, international content aggregators and international production houses, local and abroad, in developing new platforms, strategies and business models for cohesive and sustainable industry development and expansion.

Notably, he participated in the “Working Group on the Development Potential of the content industry in East Asia and the Asean region” led by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2013, involving content industry officials from nine ministries across Asia, including Japan, China, Korea and others.

Mohd Naguib also had the distinction of being the former DG of the National Film Development Corp (Finas) from 2011 to 2012.

A key achievement during that term was his leadership in preparing and presenting the “Film in Malaysia Incentive” (FIMI) proposal and in successfully securing its approval and funding.

A notable beneficiary of this incentive was the film Crazy Rich Asians.

He also presided over the widening of the Wajib Tayang (Compulsory Screening) rule to allow more local films to be made and receive Finas’ tax rebates and oversaw the widening of Finas’ acknowledgement and support of Malaysian films to fully include Malaysian films in all languages. He also significantly overhauled and reconstituted the overall framework for Festival Filem Malaysia (FFM), including its criteria and the preliminary and final jury process.

Prior to his appointment as DG of Finas, Mohd Naguib was an independent documentary filmmaker, having produced and directed for Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and Crime & Investigation Network, as well as having his creative documentary films presented, often in competition, at major film festivals, including Mannheim-Heidelberg, IDFA Amsterdam, Yamagata, Rencontres Paris/Berlin/Madrid and It’s All True São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro.

One of his earlier creative projects was the short film Belaian, made for the omnibus film, 3.11 A Sense Of Home Films in 2011, initiated by Naomi Kawase, involving 21 celebrated international filmmakers including Victor Erice, Apichatpong Weeraseethakul, Jia Zhang-ke and Bong Joon-ho, as well as highly-regarded singer-songwriter, poet-visual artist, Patti Smith.

His film, The Boat-maker and The Sea, won Best Documentary Film at FFM 2003, while Glass Enclosure: Tokyo Invisible competed in international documentary film festivals in Taipei, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.

Although better known for his film and media work, he has also had a broad-based career spanning advertising and design, journalism, theatre production, visual arts and music.