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CAA China has hired Wei Hao as co-head of its motion pictures group, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The film industry executive is coming from talent management and consulting company China Kingway Group, which she co-founded and of which she will remain a board member. That experience should serve her well in her responsibilities driving CAA China’s growth strategy in Chinese-language original content and boosting opportunities for its Chinese talent both domestically and abroad.
“We are excited that Wei is joining CAA China,” CAA China CEO Mary Gu said Wednesday in a statement. “By building on the success of what Daniel and the team have already established, we are confident that her experience, knowledge and expertise will lead us to an even stronger position in the market.”
“CAA has built a tremendously successful film business in China and, in doing so, set an industry standard,” said Hao. “The Chinese entertainment marketplace is more robust than ever, and I am excited by the opportunity to combine my in-market experience with CAA’s global reach and resources to help scale our business and maximize opportunities for talent across multiple platforms.”
The 20-year industry veteran, who will lead the motion pictures group alongside Daniel Manwaring, has represented such talent as Tongsheng Han, Xuebing Wang, Qinqin Jiang, Ting Mei, Tao Yin and Oscar-winning production designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Hao also executive produced the microbudget hit Love Is Not Blind as well as Mr. No Problem, which won two Golden Horse Awards as well as the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival’s Award for best artistic contribution.
The CAA majority-owned CAA China was formed in April 2017 as a partnership between the agency and investment firm CMC Capital Partners, and in August expanded its sports business with a merger of Momentum Sports. CAA has had an office in Beijing since 2005, representing talent including Zhang Yimou, Jackie Chan, Chen Kaige, Lin Chi-ling, Tang Wei, Daniel Wu and Donnie Yen, and working on nearly every major Chinese co-production over the last decade and packaging, selling or raising financing for more than 75 Chinese-language features.
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