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China’s Dalian Wanda group Monday unveiled a strategic cooperation pact with Internet giant Tencent, an agreement stretching from cooperation in film to Vr and games.
The property and entertainment conglomerate also revealed a massive 27-film production and investment slate and a slew of first-look deals with local producers.
Wanda’s deal with Tencent will emphasize recruitment of key talent and directors to develop intellectual properties, which the two companies are calling an “intelligent people strategy.” It brings together Tencent Pictures, Tencent Games, Wanda Pictures, and Tencent’s online literature platform China Reading.
The announcements were made at a Wanda event on the sidelines of the Shanghai International Film Festival. The glitzy event, which boasted visiting celebrities such as Julie Delpy and various industry partners, was held in the group’s newly opened luxury Wanda Reign hotel in the fashionable Shanghai riverfront district known as The Bund.
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- Patrick Frater
Perhaps a surprise inclusion after The Cut was unceremoniously not selected for Cannes on his last time out, not including his pair of Special screening docus (Crossing the Bridge in 2005 and Polluting Paradise in 2012), along with the Best Screenplay winning 2007’s The Edge of Heaven (an arguably still his best feature in a filmography that began with the 1998’s Locarno selected Short Sharp Shock) this is technically only his second time in the big ring.
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