Yeoh, Chang shoot for stars with new agency

Stellar to represent 'Crouching Tiger' star in Asia

HONG KONG -- Actress Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and producer Terence Chang ("Mission: Impossible II") on Saturday launched a talent agency called Stellar Entertainment to serve the Chinese-language and Asian filmmaking world.

Stellar's CEO is David Tang Zaiyang, a renowned journalist and critic from Taiwan, and the company has opened offices in Hong Kong and Taipei, the founders said at a press conference.

In addition to representing Yeoh across Asia, Stellar will begin with a lineup that includes actress Kelly Lin ("Boarding Gate”) and actors Mark Cheng ("Election 2") and Brandon Chang ("The Touch").

"We aim to nurture new talents and offer guidance to established talents to take them to the next level," Yeoh told The Hollywood Reporter.

Chang said that Stellar will have an informal partnership with Lion Rock Prods., the company he founded with director John Woo in Hollywood, and will offer talent to Woo's next drama, "1949," and also to "Stranglehold," director Stephen Fung's adaptation of the eponymous video game, now in development.

Stellar plans another office in Beijing or Shanghai, and the company hopes to expand to into offices in Japan, Korea, Hollywood and Europe.

"Terence and I have ties in Hollywood and Europe, which we can utilize to further the careers of our talents," Yeoh said.

Apart from actors and actresses, Stellar also has signed a roster of newcomers including Ranee Yuan and Ling Hung, and behind-the-scenes talent such as "Lust, Caution" screenwriter Wang Hui-ling, "Simply Actors" director Patrick Leung, and "Silk" director Su Chao-bin.

The founders denied rumors that Richard Li, chairman of telecommuncations corporation PCCW and son of tycoon Li Ka-Shing, is one of the backers of Stellar.