Wang Changtian
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China
2020

Enlight Pictures

Wang
Changtian

CEO / President

As head of Beijing-based Enlight Media, Wang experienced the coronavirus shutdown before the rest of the world, but China reopened in time for the company’s animated feature “Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification,” which raked in a pre-pandemic-worthy $82.9 million over its opening weekend in October. A onetime financial journalist, Wang did a three-year stint as a producer at Beijing Television before founding Enlight in 1998, initially partnering with state firms to build its distribution business. Wang, who is worth an estimated $2.8 billion, is also chairman of the internet platform Maoyan Entertainment (owners include Enlight and tech behemoth Tencent), which is responsible for close to half the ticket sales in China. Recent projects include the sci-fi comedy feature “Crazy Alien” and the series “New World.”

Career

  • Enlight Pictures
  • Tianjin Maoyan Media Co. Ltd.
  • Business Times - China

Education

  • Fudan University (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree

Philanthropy

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China's Enlight Projects at Least 95% Fall in Net Profit in First Half of 2019

China's Enlight Projects at Least 95% Fall in Net Profit in First Half of 2019

Beijing-based Enlight Media, one of China’s most prominent production companies, said Monday it expects a steep decrease in net profits of up to 96% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2018 — an indicator of the deep turmoil in the Chinese industry, which has been hit by regulatory changes and new tax burdens. Whereas the company booked net profits of RMB2.1 billion ($305 million at today's exchange rate) in the first half of...

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