Celestial Tiger Expands Originals Slate With Trio of Cantonese Shows

Asian channels group, Celestial Tiger Entertainment is expanding its roster of original productions from Hong Kong. The three new shows, which will air on its CHK channel, are its first to be presented in Cantonese. “The Other Side of Hong Kong” is a l…

Asian channels group, Celestial Tiger Entertainment is expanding its roster of original productions from Hong Kong. The three new shows, which will air on its CHK channel, are its first to be presented in Cantonese. “The Other Side of Hong Kong” is a lifestyle show hosted by actor Jason Chan. It challenges seasoned travellers to […]

Hong Kong’s I-Cable Seeks $88 Million for Content and Restructuring

Hong Kong’s cable network provider i-Cable Communications has unveiled an $88 million (HK$692 million) share issue. It is intended to restructure the company and invest in new content. The share issue is structured as a 1-for-1 rights issue, with new s…

Hong Kong’s cable network provider i-Cable Communications has unveiled an $88 million (HK$692 million) share issue. It is intended to restructure the company and invest in new content. The share issue is structured as a 1-for-1 rights issue, with new shares offered at HK$0.109, a 38% discount to the last stock trade on Friday. I-Cable […]

Raymond Chow, ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Police Story’ Producer, Dies at 91

Raymond Chow, the man credited with introducing the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, has died at the age of 91, according to the Associated Press.

Chow, also responsible for bringing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the big screen, was the founder and chairman of Golden Harvest Company, which released hundreds of martial arts films — especially during the golden era of Hong Kong filmmaking — including the seminal Lee-led “Enter the Dragon,” as well as Chan’s “Police Story.”

In a statement to the AP, Hong Kong secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said that Chow “helped nurture a pool of Hong Kong talents and brought them to the international stage.”

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Chow, who studied martial arts under the famed Lam Sai-wing, began his career as a journalist before joining one of Hong Kong’s largest film studios at the time, Shaw Brothers. There he served as head of publicity and as production chief from 1958 to 1970.

After leaving Shaw Brothers, Chow founded Golden Harvest in 1970. The company would go on to lead Hong Kong box office sales in the 1970s and the 1980s, according to Yingchi Chu’s book “Hong Kong Cinema: Coloniser, Motherland and Self.”

In addition to “Enter the Dragon” and “Police Story,” Golden Harvest produced films such as “The Cannonball Run” starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore and Farrah Fawcett; “Wheels on Meals” and Jet Li’s “Once Upon a Time in China.”

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Golden Harvest made its last film in 2003, then served as a distributor for a number of films through 2014, according to IMDb.

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Raymond Chow, the man credited with introducing the world to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, has died at the age of 91, according to the Associated Press.

Chow, also responsible for bringing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the big screen, was the founder and chairman of Golden Harvest Company, which released hundreds of martial arts films — especially during the golden era of Hong Kong filmmaking — including the seminal Lee-led “Enter the Dragon,” as well as Chan’s “Police Story.”

In a statement to the AP, Hong Kong secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said that Chow “helped nurture a pool of Hong Kong talents and brought them to the international stage.”

Chow, who studied martial arts under the famed Lam Sai-wing, began his career as a journalist before joining one of Hong Kong’s largest film studios at the time, Shaw Brothers. There he served as head of publicity and as production chief from 1958 to 1970.

After leaving Shaw Brothers, Chow founded Golden Harvest in 1970. The company would go on to lead Hong Kong box office sales in the 1970s and the 1980s, according to Yingchi Chu’s book “Hong Kong Cinema: Coloniser, Motherland and Self.”

In addition to “Enter the Dragon” and “Police Story,” Golden Harvest produced films such as “The Cannonball Run” starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore and Farrah Fawcett; “Wheels on Meals” and Jet Li’s “Once Upon a Time in China.”

Golden Harvest made its last film in 2003, then served as a distributor for a number of films through 2014, according to IMDb.

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STX Entertainment Abandons Hong Kong IPO Plans

STX Entertainment has dropped its plans to list its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, some six months after it filed a draft prospectus. The company had sought to raise up to $500 million of new capital and achieve a market valuation of over $3 b…

STX Entertainment has dropped its plans to list its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, some six months after it filed a draft prospectus. The company had sought to raise up to $500 million of new capital and achieve a market valuation of over $3 billion. The IPO plans were shaped by shaped by sponsors […]

Appeals Court Reverses Stage Money Counterfeiting Conviction in Hong Kong

The film props master who was earlier found guilty of possessing counterfeit money by owning dummy banknotes used in Hong Kong film “Trivisa” had his name cleared on Monday. A High Court ruled that he was improperly convicted. In an appeal,…

The film props master who was earlier found guilty of possessing counterfeit money by owning dummy banknotes used in Hong Kong film “Trivisa” had his name cleared on Monday. A High Court ruled that he was improperly convicted. In an appeal, the court ruled in favor of Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties […]

Double IPO as China’s Maoyan and Meituan Dianping Raise Cash in Hong Kong

Leading Chinese ticketing firm, Maoyan Weying has filed to launch an IPO in Hong Kong. So too has its former parent company Meituan Dianping, one of the world’s largest tech unicorns. The Maoyan flotation, brokered by Bank of America and Merrell Lynch,…

Leading Chinese ticketing firm, Maoyan Weying has filed to launch an IPO in Hong Kong. So too has its former parent company Meituan Dianping, one of the world’s largest tech unicorns. The Maoyan flotation, brokered by Bank of America and Merrell Lynch, is expected to raise $1 billion of fresh capital, though that figure could […]

Content Deal Could Be Lifeline for Hong Kong’s i-CABLE

i-CABLE, once the leading provider of pay-TV services in Hong Kong, is on course to license its content to mainland Chinese telecoms giant China Mobile. The deal caused i-CABLE shares to more than double on Monday as investors sensed a possible turnaro…

i-CABLE, once the leading provider of pay-TV services in Hong Kong, is on course to license its content to mainland Chinese telecoms giant China Mobile. The deal caused i-CABLE shares to more than double on Monday as investors sensed a possible turnaround in its fortunes. The company revealed a memorandum of understanding that could see […]

Hong Kong Singer Ellen Loo Dies, Age 32, in Apparent Suicide

Ellen Joyce Loo, star of the music scene in Hong Kong and Taiwan, died on Sunday after falling from a high building. She was 32. Loo’s body was found on Sunday morning at the foot of her home in Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island. Police say they are not t…

Ellen Joyce Loo, star of the music scene in Hong Kong and Taiwan, died on Sunday after falling from a high building. She was 32. Loo’s body was found on Sunday morning at the foot of her home in Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island. Police say they are not treating her death as suspicious. No […]

STX Entertainment Eyes August IPO In Hong Kong

STX Entertainment, which is known for action features like The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Killer’s Game with Jason Statham is looking to go public in Hong Kong in August. If the planned IPO goes through, it would mark the first U.S. compa…

STX Entertainment, which is known for action features like The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Killer’s Game with Jason Statham is looking to go public in Hong Kong in August. If the planned IPO goes through, it would mark the first U.S. company to raise funds in Hong Kong. According to the South China Morning Post, which announced the news Sunday, John Zhao, chief executive of Hony Capital said that STX has picked Hong Kong  “because the city will offer a better…

STX Targeting August IPO in Hong Kong (Report)

Hollywood mini-studio, STX Entertainment is looking at going ahead with its planned IPO in Hong Kong as soon as next month. Hong Kong finance industry sources Monday echoed a report in the South China Morning Post, quoting John Zhao of investor Hony Ca…

Hollywood mini-studio, STX Entertainment is looking at going ahead with its planned IPO in Hong Kong as soon as next month. Hong Kong finance industry sources Monday echoed a report in the South China Morning Post, quoting John Zhao of investor Hony Capital. A significant STX investor, Zhao pointed to August as a likely date […]

Taiwan VFX firm VHQ Seeks Hong Kong Listing for China Expansion (Report)

Taiwan-based post-production and digital effects firm, VHQ Media is seeking to hive off its China operations and list them on the Hong Kong stock market. Company chairman Low Kwok Wah aims to complete the spin-off and IPO within the next 12-18 months, …

Taiwan-based post-production and digital effects firm, VHQ Media is seeking to hive off its China operations and list them on the Hong Kong stock market. Company chairman Low Kwok Wah aims to complete the spin-off and IPO within the next 12-18 months, according to an interview with Bloomberg. Details are some way from being finalized. “Our […]

Hong Kong Broadcaster TVB to Lay Off Dozens

Television Broadcasts (TVB), Hong Kong’s oldest commercial broadcaster, has begun laying off about 100 people as the company moves to become a new-media business. A source told Variety that the job losses will mostly hit TVBI, the broadcaster&#82…

Television Broadcasts (TVB), Hong Kong’s oldest commercial broadcaster, has begun laying off about 100 people as the company moves to become a new-media business. A source told Variety that the job losses will mostly hit TVBI, the broadcaster’s international arm, though the unit is not loss-making. TVB’s annual report showed that the company saw a […]

Universal Starts Direct Distribution in Hong Kong, Appoints Anita Cheung

Universal Pictures is taking direct distribution control of its movie releases in Hong Kong and has appointed Anita Cheung Woon-man to head its new outpost in Hong Kong. For more than 10 years, Universal movie titles have been sub-distributed in Hong K…

Universal Pictures is taking direct distribution control of its movie releases in Hong Kong and has appointed Anita Cheung Woon-man to head its new outpost in Hong Kong. For more than 10 years, Universal movie titles have been sub-distributed in Hong Kong through Edko Films. Cheung joins from 20th Century Fox, where she has worked […]

Hong Kong Court Convicts Props Master For Possession of Fake Cash

The Hong Kong film industry has been quick to condemn a court decision which handed suspended jail sentences to two film crew for possession of counterfeit money. Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties company, and Law Yun-lam, a logis…

The Hong Kong film industry has been quick to condemn a court decision which handed suspended jail sentences to two film crew for possession of counterfeit money. Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties company, and Law Yun-lam, a logistics firm employee, were sentenced to four months in prison on Thursday by a Hong […]

Celestial Tiger Ramps up ‘Extreme Ends’ Original Series

Asian channels operator, Celestial Tiger Entertainment is to produce its second original TV series, “Extreme Ends” in partnership with the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The four-part reality series will shoot in Hong Kong from July. It involves four celebri…

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STX Entertainment Files Draft IPO With Hong Kong Stock Exchange

STX Entertainment filed initial paperwork for an IPO with the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday.

The move would further cement ties to the Chinese market for the studio under CEO Robert Simonds.

STX is expected to raise about $500 million through the IPO, which could happen before the end of 2018 depending on regulatory approval, the L.A. Times reported.

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A spokesperson for STX did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The studio, founded in 2014 to be a leaner movie and TV production house focused on mid-budget features, currently has Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” in theaters.

It already has strong ties with China, having Hony Capital, Tencent and Hong Kong telecom conglomerate PCCW among its investors.

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STX also deliberately develops projects to appeal to Chinese audiences, such as last year’s “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, which grossed over $145 million worldwide.

The studio’s biggest domestic hit was the 2016 R-rated comedy “Bad Moms,” which grossed $113 million domestically. But the company has struggled at the box office in the last year, with only last year’s “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” hitting $72 million.

According to the Times, the company stated in its 500-plus-page filing that it plans to focus on mid-budget movies ($20-$80 million), which the major Hollywood studios generally overlook in favor of tentpole blockbusters.

STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts recently left her role at the company after complaining of harassment by her boss, Simonds, according to multiple STX insiders at the time.

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STX Entertainment filed initial paperwork for an IPO with the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday.

The move would further cement ties to the Chinese market for the studio under CEO Robert Simonds.

STX is expected to raise about $500 million through the IPO, which could happen before the end of 2018 depending on regulatory approval, the L.A. Times reported.

A spokesperson for STX did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The studio, founded in 2014 to be a leaner movie and TV production house focused on mid-budget features, currently has Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” in theaters.

It already has strong ties with China, having Hony Capital, Tencent and Hong Kong telecom conglomerate PCCW among its investors.

STX also deliberately develops projects to appeal to Chinese audiences, such as last year’s “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, which grossed over $145 million worldwide.

The studio’s biggest domestic hit was the 2016 R-rated comedy “Bad Moms,” which grossed $113 million domestically. But the company has struggled at the box office in the last year, with only last year’s “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” hitting $72 million.

According to the Times, the company stated in its 500-plus-page filing that it plans to focus on mid-budget movies ($20-$80 million), which the major Hollywood studios generally overlook in favor of tentpole blockbusters.

STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts recently left her role at the company after complaining of harassment by her boss, Simonds, according to multiple STX insiders at the time.

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STX Entertainment Files Draft IPO Prospectus in Hong Kong

Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment has filed a draft prospectus with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that is expected to lead to an initial public offering of its shares in the coming months. STX, which counts numerous investors from Greater China am…

Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment has filed a draft prospectus with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that is expected to lead to an initial public offering of its shares in the coming months. STX, which counts numerous investors from Greater China among its existing shareholders, would likely become the first U.S.-domiciled Hollywood entertainment firm to list […]

STX Entertainment Files For Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing

STX Entertainment, as has long been suggested would be the case, has filed for an IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange. If accepted, the proposal would make Bob Simonds’ fledgling studio the first U.S.-based entertainment company to go public on t…

STX Entertainment, as has long been suggested would be the case, has filed for an IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange. If accepted, the proposal would make Bob Simonds’ fledgling studio the first U.S.-based entertainment company to go public on the Hong Kong exchange. The company was valued at $1.5B last year, however, it has been reported previously that the company could be valued as high as $3.5B after the IPO. Since its inception, STX has been modeling itself to…