SHANGHAI — Shanghai Film Studios prexy Zhu Yongde has retired after almost 10 years in the position.
Zhu was a familiar figure with foreign producers looking to shoot on the Mainland with his relaxed attitude and outspoken views on the importance of co-productions for the Chinese film industry.
He was also instrumental in founding and expanding the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival.
Under his leadership, the Shanghai Film Studios have worked with an increasing number of foreign productions including John Dahl’s “The Great Raid” and Michael Winterbottom’s “Code 46.”
Zhu is also a producer in his own right, with credits on successful domestic movies including “Life and Death Decision” and “Shanghai Triad.”
His replacement at the studios is Ren Zhonglun, a former professor and editor in chief for the Chinese-language Wenhui Film Review.
Zhu will remain on the board of Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group, the conglom that controls SMG, Shanghai Film Studios and many of the city’s entertainment productions facilities and venues.