Magazine article Screen International

QED, Huayi Strikes China Alliance

Magazine article Screen International

QED, Huayi Strikes China Alliance

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In the latest US-China pact to take root in Hollywood, QED International and Huayi Brothers Media Company have formed a strategic distribution and co-production partnership.

The alliance kicks off with David Ayer's tank film Fury, which Huayi Brothers will distribute in China and stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Pena. Sony acquired the bulk of worldwide rights in the run-up to Cannes.

QED International CEO Bill Block is producing Fury with John Lesher's Le Grisbi Productions and Ethan Smith. Principal photography is set to begin in September and Sony will release in the US on Nov 14, 2014.

"Huayi Brothers has been a leader in international co-productions for the Chinese market for years," Huayi Brothers president Wang Zhonglei. "We're excited that Fury will be the starting point for a strategic partnership with QED and look forward to cooperating on a series of international movie projects in the future. …

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