Dong Yu
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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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Five movie studios and one Internet giant lined up on stage Sunday in Shanghai, seemingly seeking to develop a sense of urgency that goads the film industry to bigger and better things. But whether they were all on the same side was moot."Consolidation is on its way," said Ren Zhonglun, CEO of state-backed Shanghai Film Group. "Large companies will be the ones which are best able to withstand the high levels of risk in the film industry.""We need to have...

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