New deal ensures a pipeline of Chinese blockbusters for CELESTIAL MOVIES
[November 23, 2010 - HONG KONG] Celestial Pictures (Celestial), the Chinese motion picture company and operator of regional pay-TV channels, announced today the closing of another output deal with a major producer and distributor of Chinese movies for its flagship channel CELESTIAL MOVIES (CM). An exclusive multi-year output deal with Distribution Workshop (HK) Limited (Distribution Workshop) has been concluded by Celestial to secure the exclusive first-run pay-TV rights of highly-anticipated Chinese movies for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The deal also includes pay-per-view and VOD (video-on-demand) rights.
The agreement with Distribution Workshop covers the entire slate of Chinese movies they distribute including the upcoming 3-D martial arts extravaganza, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (working title), by iconic director Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li and Zhou Xun; the Chinese remake of the hit Hollywood movie, What Women Want starring Andy Lau and Gong Li; as well as the comedy Treasure Inn, directed by Wong Jing and starring Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi and Cheung Ka Fai.
“We are delighted to partner with such a renowned Asian film producer and distributor like Distribution Workshop. Their diverse slate of star-studded movies will further enhance CELESTIAL MOVIES’ position as the destination for the latest and greatest Chinese blockbusters on TV. Our alliance with Distribution Workshop and other major Chinese movie companies means that CELESTIAL MOVIES will have access to the most high-profile and widely-released Chinese titles in the market,” said Ross Pollack, Chief Executive Officer, Celestial Pictures.
“CELESTIAL MOVIES has demonstrated, over the years, its commitment in bringing quality Asian movies to its audience. We are more than excited that our cooperation with the channel is now materialized into a longer-term partnership,” said Jeffrey Chan, CEO, Distribution Workshop.
Today’s announcement follows an output deal signed with Media Asia Distribution Co., Ltd. earlier this year and another output deal recently closed with Emperor Motion Pictures.