Dong Yu
Zheng kaifu/Imaginechina
China
2018

Bona Film Group

Dong
Yu

Founder / Chairman / CEO

A big-money risk-taker, Yu is one of China’s most prominent film executives, producing and distributing Chinese-language releases. He headed up domestic distribution at state-owned China Film Group, then at the dawn of the region’s film-industry reform movement in 1999, he founded Polybona — aka Bona Film, which has gained the nickname the Chinese Miramax. Working initially with Hong Kong talent, the company notched off a few firsts: first to attract venture capital finance, first to launch a film fund, first Chinese film company listed on NASDAQ. In 2016, Yu up and de-listed the company, and his plans for a new IPO back in China have come to naught. But with his unmatched ability to read the market, this game is far from over.

Career

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

Education

  • Beijing Film Academy (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 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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