Edward Cheng
Courtesy of Tencent

Tencent Holdings


VP / CEO, Tencent Pictures

Cheng has been navigating treacherous regulatory waters as VP of the Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings and CEO of its Tencent Pictures division, which has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Hollywood tentpoles such as “Top Gun: Maverick.” In the U.S., the government continues to pressure Tencent to divest itself of its technology assets, which include 40% of Epic Games and full ownership of Riot Games, due to concerns about user data security. At home, the Chinese government is putting increasing restrictions on private companies such as Tencent and threatening more censorship of content on media and Internet platforms like its popular WeChat app. Meanwhile, Cheng has been doing his part to keep leaders happy, producing patriotic films such as “1921,” about the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.


  • Bona Film Group
  • Tencent Pictures
  • Maoyan Entertainment

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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