China adds muscle to its film industry

Gov't backs Liaoning Film Co.

BEIJING — China’s film industry is moving ahead with plans to strengthen its struggling studios and distributors.

With government backing, the Liaoning Northern Film Shareholding Co. has been formed in Shenyang, capital of northeastern China’s Liaoning Province.

Han Xiaoli, chairman and general manager of the new company, said its shareholders include Liaoning Provincial Film Co. and the municipal film companies in Shenyang, Dalian and Anshan.

Film companies from 11 cities also will be agents for the new company. Liaoning province is a leading film market in China.

Tong Gang, the head of monopoly film importer China Film, said the formation of the company was a breakthrough and hoped other provincial film companies would follow suit.

In a related development, plans are being finalized to set up the China Midwest Film and Television Shareholding Co., according to Xian Film Studio chief Zhang Pimin.

The new company will pool the resources of Xian Film Studio as well as other film studios and companies in neighboring provinces.

Also, Zhuhai Film Studio plans in 1998 to set up its second theater chain, which will cover the Pearl River Delta and the rest of Guangdong province.

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