Magazine article Screen International

Jeff Robinov Eyes Chinese Financing

Magazine article Screen International

Jeff Robinov Eyes Chinese Financing

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Former Warner Bros film chief Jeff Robinov is reportedly in talks with China's Huayi Brothers Media Corp to secure financing for a new venture that will produce five films a year.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Beijing-based studio is among a group of US and international investors that are close to finalising a deal to finance the company's films.

Robinov is also expected to close a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to cover marketing and distribution of the slate. He has also been in talks with Twentieth Century Fox. A financing deal with Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik is now thought to be off the cards.

Huayi has been in talks with US studios and execs for several years and is seen as a likely contender to make a big Hollywood investment. So far, none of the new generation of Chinese studios has made a significant investment in US production, although Wanda Group bought out exhibition chain AMC Entertainment in 2012.

Around the same time as the Wanda/AMC deal, Fox announced that it had acquired a 20% stake in Beijing-based Bona Film Group. …

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