You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Legendary Hires Jiang Wei for China Role

Experienced distribution executive Jiang Wei has been appointed head of Legendary Entertainment in China. He takes up the post vacated by Peter Loehr in June of last year.

The move follows the hiring of lawyer Josh Grode as Los Angeles-based CEO of Legendary Entertainment in December. Grode took over from Legendary founder Thomas Tull, who quit the company a year ago, in January 2017.

Legendary was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda in early 2016 at a time when Wanda still had its sights set on making a big impression in Hollywood. It also saw Legendary as part of a film content giant that would be backed by Chinese investors and possibly given an IPO. Those ambitions were soon derailed when the scale of losses at Legendary became too large to hide, and the renamed Wanda Film Holdings is undergoing restructuring, albeit without Legendary.

Wanda’s overseas plans were given a further knock-back when the Chinese government stepped in to limit overseas acquisitions in the entertainment sector. After the departure of Tull and Loehr, veteran executive Jack Gao stepped in as interim head of Legendary, but Gao, too, left the company last October.

Jiang, who also goes by the name Wayne Jiang, was most recently head of Gravity Pictures, the distribution and production company that is part of the China Media Capital group. Gravity is the preferred China distributor for films produced under Flagship Entertainment, the three-way joint venture between CMC, Warner Bros. and Hong Kong’s TVB. Prior to that, Jinag had roles at Sony in China between 1994 and 2001, and at Bill Kong’s Edko.

The Gravity role has given him credits on “Mission Milano,” “The Adventurers,” and “Meg,” the upcoming prehistoric shark movie produced with Warner.

Legendary East is a wholly owned subsidiary of Legendary Entertainment. It has struck different financing and production deals with major Chinese partners, including state-owned China Film. It was co-producer and distributor of the Zhang Yimou-directed fantasy action film “The Great Wall.” While the film overcame its critics in China to score $171 million, it achieved only $45 million in North America, where it was released by Universal.

More Film


    Brazil’s Ancine Freezes Incentives, Threatening Film-TV Industry Paralysis

    Brazil’s Ancine agency, its foremost public-sector source of film funding, has frozen all of its incentive programs, potentially near paralyzing new production in Latin America’s biggest film-TV industry. The dramatic decision, which has left Brazil’s industry is a state of shock and intense fear for its future, comes as it has taken further hits. In [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson

    Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with STXfilms on the upcoming romantic-comedy “Marry Me.” Kat Coiro is directing the film and Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to join the pic, which will likely shoot this fall. The script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Lopez and Wilson both [...]

  • Steve Golin The Revenant Spotlight Producer

    Steve Golin, Prolific Producer and Founder of Anonymous Content, Dies at 64

    Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, has died of cancer. He was 64. Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, Emma Stone, Edgar [...]

  • Kelly McCormick David Leitch

    'Hobbs & Shaw' Director David Leitch, Kelly McCormick Sign First-Look Deal With Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures is signing David Leitch, his longtime producing partner, Kelly McCormick and their recently founded 87North Production banner to a first-look production deal. “David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles,” said Universal’s president Peter Cramer. “We are confident [...]

  • Still from cannes competition film "Parasite"

    Cannes: Bong Joon-ho Says ‘Parasite’ Is too Local to Win Competition

    Having been partially responsible for the Netflix fall out with the Cannes Film Festival, “Okja” and “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho returns to Cannes competition this year with conventionally- financed “Parasite.” But the Korean-language film is a tragicomedy that Bong says may be too nuanced for the festival. “Cannes always makes me feel excited, fresh, and [...]

  • Summer Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Lion

    Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

    Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer. Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their [...]

  • Critics Week

    Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

    Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content