Yu Dong
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China
2020

Bona Film Group

Yu
Dong

Founder / Chairman / CEO

Yu backed several recent Hollywood tentpoles, including “Ad Astra,” “Midway” and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” but his biggest impact has been in his native China, where he produced its number one grosser of 2018, the battleship adventure “Operation Red Sea” ($575 million), and the number four biggest film of 2019, the anthology “My People, My Country” ($445 million). A high-stakes risk taker, Yu quit China Film Group to found Polybona in 1999 at the dawn of the country’s film-industry reform movement. Working initially with Hong Kong talent, he made Bona Film a prestige label, earning it the nickname of Chinese Miramax. He’s also quite the financial innovator, floating the company on the NASDAQ for a period before surprisingly de-listing it in 2016.

Career

  • China Film Group
  • Bona Film Group
  • Beijing Film Studio

Education

  • Beijing Film Academy (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Huang Wei, China's Bona Film Group VP, Dies of Apparent Suicide

Huang Wei, China's Bona Film Group VP, Dies of Apparent Suicide

Huang Wei, the VP of China's Bona Film Group who managed its cinema division, has died by suicide, jumping from the 18th-floor offices of the company's Beijing headquarters today, according to multiple Chinese reports. He was 52.In a brief statement posted to social media late Wednesday, Bona wrote that he had died on June 10, saying: "Our entire company is in deep mourning." It added no further details.Bona's headquarters are located in central Beijing next to the U-Town Mall in...

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