Yu Dong
Zheng kaifu/Imaginechina
China
2019

Bona Film Group

Yu
Dong

Founder / Chairman / CEO

A high-stakes risktaker, Yu is one of China’s most prominent and experienced film executives. At the dawn of the country’s film-industry reform movement in 1999, he quit China Film Group to found Polybona. Working initially with Hong Kong talent, he made Bona Film a financial innovator and the first Chinese studio to float on the NASDAQ, and then in 2016, he surprisingly de-listed the company. His plans for a new IPO back in China remain unfulfilled. But with an unmatched ability to read the market and a track record of picking movie winners such as “Operation Red Sea,” Yu is always carefully listened to. He is also a regular partner on Hollywood productions – recently including “Ad Astra” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Career

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

Education

  • Beijing Film Academy (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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China’s Bona Poised to Raise $215 Million Through Local IPO

China’s Bona Poised to Raise $215 Million Through Local IPO

Chinese film producer and distributor, Bona Film Group is poised to raise $215 million through an initial public offering on one of China’s stock markets.The company is expected to be valued at upwards of $2.4 million, according to Chinese news agency CGTN. That compares with just under $816 million (RMB5 billion) when the company took itself off the NASDAQ market in mid-2016.The company provided details of its finances and its recent fund-raising in a prospectus filed at the end of...

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