James Wang
China
2018

Huayi Brothers Media

James
Wang

Co-Founder / Vice Chairman / CEO

Along with older brother Dennis (aka Wang Zhongjun), Wang (aka Wang Zhonglei) started Huayi Brothers as an advertising company in 1994, but it would become a multinational entertainment behemoth. Where Dennis operates quietly on the business end, James is the man about town, attending film festivals and schmoozing talent. He has a remarkably long relationship with top Chinese director Feng Xiaogang (“Cellphone,” “If You Are the One”) that has yielded not only films but theme parks. Admired for their professionalism and corporate governance, the brothers are still trying to outrun China’s encroaching Internet giants. A proposed purchase of Studio 8 collapsed in 2014, but they moved on to an equity and co-production pact with STX.

Career

  • Huayi Brothers Media
  • Wink Animation
  • U.S.-China Entertainment Summit

Education

  • Beijing Youth Politics College (China)

Variety Honors

  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Huayi Boss Denies Communist Influence in China's Hollywood Dealings

Huayi Boss Denies Communist Influence in China's Hollywood Dealings

James Wang (aka Wang Zhonglei), co-chief of China's Huayi Brothers Media, poured cold water on the notion that the Communist Party is behind Chinese companies' recent incursions into Hollywood."This is a joke," said Wang on Wednesday in Los Angeles. "We are trying to develop our own markets." He was speaking at the UCFTI Convention on Chinese-U.S. movie industry relations at L.A. Live, taking place the same week as the American Film Market in Santa Monica.Some members of the U.S. Congress...

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