Magazine article Screen International

Huayi Brothers and Bona Film Group to Invest in China Lion

Magazine article Screen International

Huayi Brothers and Bona Film Group to Invest in China Lion

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The deal will create a distribution bridge between the US and China.

Chinese entertainment group Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and film distribution company Bona Film Group Ltd. are to acquire strategic stakes in one-year-old start up China Lion Film Distribution, adding U.S. and Canadian distribution to their portfolios.

The deal was announced in Los Angeles, where China Lion is headquartered. It became the first distributor to release major Chinese theatrical features day-and-date with China as part of its deal with U.S. cinema chain AMC. It has theatrically released 12 pictures in North America in the last year, including Chinese blockbusters Aftershock and If You Are The One 2. It also joined forces with Fox International Productions in handling the release of FIP co-productions The Butcher, the Chef & the Swordsman and Love in Space.

In addition to North America, China Lion distributes in Australia and New Zealand and has just commenced distribution in the U. …

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