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U.S. Distributors are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: China Lion

U.S. Distributors are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: China Lion

China Lion (Aftershock) will release Chinese films in the U.S. Under the excusive deal with AMC, China Lion will supply up to 15 films a year to the cinema chain in the U.S and Toronto and Ottawa in Canada. According to Film Journal International, AMC will play the film on 23 screens in key markets with a large Chinese demographic, namely New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Houston, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Ottawa. It is now playing in 3 AMC theaters in Greater Los Angeles: Monterrey Park, Rowland Heights and Arcadia.

China Lion is expected to announce significant new acquisitions at this year’s AFM.

CEO Barlow said,

“We are delighted to partner with such a U.S. theatrical powerhouse as AMC. After a long absence, Chinese, Asian and European audiences will have access to the very best of Chinese theatrical releases, in most cases screening day-and-date with China.”

China Lion is a joint venture between president and majority shareholder, China-based Jiang Yanming, and New Zealand-based Incubate, Milt Barlow’s company. Barlow acts as CEO of China Lion. Yanming has operated in the motion picture business in China for more than 30 years and is a founder of Technicolor Beijing as well as a veteran Chinese producer. Barlow is a 25-year veteran of distribution in Australia and New Zealand and served as CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment in Australia for more than a decade.

AMC president of programming Robert J. Lenihan said, “We are excited to be the exclusive primary partner with Milt and his team at China Lion. For AMC this is another step in embracing ethnic programming in the United States. We have enjoyed great success over the past few years with Bollywood programming for the Indian community, our recently announced incentives in supporting Latino programming we believe will be very successful, and with the huge Chinese and wider Asian audience in the United States and Canada, we have again become the leader in providing a diverse range of cinema experience at AMC.”

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