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ChinaVision Joins Hands with Super Movie Stars to Promote Movie Business Development

(September 26, 2012)
Collaborate with Jackie Chan and Stephen Chow to Achieve Further Success



Hong Kong, Sept 26, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - China Vision Media Group Limited ("ChinaVision" or "the Group"; HKSE:1060) are pleased to announce the Group's major milestones. Apart from the strategic partnership with Hong Kong film maker Stephen Chow on five new movies directed by Chow scheduled for release in seven years, the Group has also secured a project reuniting Jackie Chan and a new well-established director workshop from Mainland China, to continue to promote the further development of China movie industry.



- Ding Sheng will hand with Jackie Chan to launch "Police Story 2013" -

On 18 September 2012, Dong Ping, Chairman of ChinaVision and Liu Xiaoling, Chief Executive Office of ChinaVision, officiated the Group's 3rd anniversary banquet ceremony and reviewed the Group's outstanding business achievement in the past three years. The ceremony was also stared by renowned movie directors Ying Li, Ding Sheng and Zhang Yuan, famous actors Ge You, Chen Baoguo, Ding Zhicheng, Liu Hua, pop singer Yang Kun and other celebrities.

At the celebration, ChinaVision has also announced the latest development of its eight director workshops. It is the first time for the eight workshops showed up together after the acquisition with China Entertainment Media Group ("China Entertainment"). The workshops featured directors Ding Sheng and Ying Li, who disclosed the plans of their future movies. Ding Sheng, with a successful record in commercial films, will work with Jackie Chan in "Police Story 2013" after their collaboration in "Little Big Soldier". And this time, Jackie will take one step away from his signature action movies. The film will be co-invested by ChinaVision and Wan Da Film and TV Media Co., LTD ("Wan Da") with Ding Sheng directing and Jackie Chan to play the leading role. It is expected to hit the screen in 2013.

'Police Story' is one of the most well-known works for Jackie Chan and had its sequels during the past two decades, which enjoyed high reputation and became a blockbuster in box office. It is expected that 'Police Story 2013' will continue to add beauty to the movie legend. The collaboration between Ding Sheng and Jackie Chan is expected to open a new chapter for the Group's movie business development.

- Strong capital support on special effects of "Journey to the West" directed by Stephen Chow -


Apart from the corporation with Jackie Chan, as the Group announced before, it has committed to joining hands with Stephen Chow to invest in his latest movie "Journey to the West". The Group also entered into a joint agreement with Chow on the investment of five other movies in seven years. "Journey to the West" has attracted the interest of numerous fans since it secretly started shooting. The movie is now under post-production and is scheduled to hit the screen during the 2013 Spring Festival. The latest movie delivers the humor and romantic which are of Stephen Chow cinematic signature as in "Journey to the West" produced 16 years ago. The said movie also features famous Asian stars, including Huang Bo and Shu Qi, who had received Best Actor and Best Actress of Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards respectively, rising star Wen Zhang and Asia's Dance King Show Luo, together with a number of well-known young actors and actresses. The story line is the youth of Buddhist monk Xuan Zang spiced with humorous and amorous elements that Chow so deftly integrates. Compared with the original work 16 years ago, this new production not only showcases the extraordinary creativity of Chow, the stronger capital support also enables special effects that vividly recreate a fantasy world from this famous novel.

Mr Dong Ping, Chairman of ChinaVision, said, "We are very pleased to enter the strategic partnership with Stephen Chow and Jackie Chan. Both two have highly influential and widely-known in the Chinese community. We expect more collaboration in the future to jointly produce more creative movies and also have the power to transform our entire business chain."

On the other hand, under Yin Li's directorship it is intended to invite top Hollywood movie stars for the film 'White Orange', co-invested by ChinaVision and China Film Group Corporation ("China Film"). Though it is not disclosed which stars would be invited, such superb casting ensures the best artistic performance for the market.

- Eight director workshops on-stage together for the first time with a common goal to deliver top quality movies -

The eight new workshops for which ChinaVision has signed contracts open a new golden era for the film and TV production of the Group. Currently the Group has assembled famous stars including Ge You, Chen Bao Guo and Huang Bo; proven script writers such as Hai Yan, Yan Ge Ling and Dong Zhe (representative film: 'The Beginning of the Great Revival'and renowned movie directors including Yin Li and Ding Sheng. This unique model of signing contracts for movies and workshops not only offers maximum flexibility for creativity, but also can effectively consolidate the human resources of the Group and establishes a content creation and production system that can deliver top quality and a wider variety of films and TV dramas.

Mr Dong continued: "We realise creativity and talents are vital to our business. Previously, we would just cooperate on a single movie or TV drama, but we can break this limitation by establishing workshops and our collaboration will no longer be confined to directors. The workshop model can extend our reach to other areas such as performance, script writing, and production, combining the creativity and cultural services of individuals and teams with our strength in organisation and finance. This enables artists and creators to produce superior entertainment, thus boosting the development of Chinese film, TV and cultural services."

After changed its name to ChinaVision and expanded business into multi-media and culture production, the Group is growing into an integrated cultural group with operations engaged in TV and film production, as well as media and new media. Under the leadership of Mr. Dong Ping, Chairman of ChinaVision, it has continued to create cultural innovations and lead industry trends. It has become an internationally influential cultural group riding on its clear strategy, strong capital support, advanced operational modes for TV and film, media and new media operations, as well as professional management. As a leader in the Chinese TV and film industry, Mr Dong's investment has enabled internationally renowned movie directors such as Ang Lee, Zhang Yi Mou, Chen Kai Ge, Feng Xiao Gang, Jiang Wen and Xu Jing Lei to broaden their horizons. Under his leadership, the films produced by ChinaVision's management teams have garnered numerous awards in at the Oscars, as well as film festivals at Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Busan and Tokyo.

In the three short years since its inception, ChinaVision's films and TV dramas, as well as conventional media and new media have generated handsome rewards, clearly demonstrating its fruitful growth and reinforcing its leadership within the cultural industry. In film and TV productions, the Group's investment in movies including "Let the Bullets Fly", "Wu Lin Wai Zhuan" and "The Beginning of the Great Revival" as well as in TV dramas including "Wo Men Tian Shang Jian", "Yin Han" and "You Zhong" have received high recognition both artistically and in the market. The TV drama "Zheng Zhe Wu Di", a big production about Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion under the "Heroic Trilogy" invested by ChinaVision, is now broadcast over four big satellite TV networks including Beijing Satellite TV, Dragon Satellite TV, Tianjin Satellite TV and Zhejiang Satellite TV, and recorded the top four ratings for the same time slot in the country. It has also registered the highest rating on Beijing TV in 2012. "Liang Jian Tie Xue Jun Hun" which was finished in the first half of the year also enjoyed high ratings. The new dramas pending for broadcast including "Qiang Shen", and the works still under production including "Athena" and "Yi Zhe Wu Di" are expected to be popularly received as well. The stage plays "Bu Bu Jin Xin", "Hua Shi Ru Qi" and "Yu Wang Hua Yuan" working with He Nian and Zou Jing Zhi which were also invested in by ChinaVision have also been well received and have become the hot topics among the educated class.

In 2012, ChinaVision's print media business has also recorded a good performance. Its Beijing Times occupies the leading share in retail advertising for local daily newspapers. After the global launch of "cloud media", Beijing Times has capitalised on first-mover advantage and become an all-round media group. In 2011, ChinaVision and Groupe Le Figaro of France strategically collaborated to jointly operate a high-end women's magazine 'FIGARO'. The new magazine has featured many top local and international stars, and attracted a huge interest within the industry. Its high-end travelers magazine 'CREA' has also been acknowledged for its special layout and has built a solid readership, and will be published separately starting from 2013.

Gansu Provincial Film and TV Broadcast Group has also worked with Asian Union under ChinaVision to reform Gansu satellite TV as the "First Lifestyle Satellite TV Channel." To echo the slogan of "Making Life Better", a number of new programs covering fashion, health, green lifestyle and knowledge have been created. During the London Olympics, Top Vision Culture and Media Investment Ltd., a subsidy of ChinaVision, together worked with Zspace, a top design house from Australia, to design the Olympic sets in Beijing and London for CCTV5 for live broadcast of the Olympic Games. This effort has been widely praised within the industry, making it a success involving the coordination of efforts across two continents. As China steps into the fast-moving 3G era, this has also created a bright future for ChinaVision's mobile business. The live or recorded broadcasting of English Premier League matches, programmes covering the social and legal system and other unique programmes, mobile games, mobile newspapers and mobile digital readers have also scored huge successes. The Group is steadily enriching its content and improving the quality of the new media business while penetrating into the life of the general public, and changing their lifestyle, quality and entertainment.

Mr. Dong concluded, "ChinaVision has committed itself to sharing with the community and working closely with its partners. As at 2012, the Group has established partnership with the China Film Group Corporation, Renmin Wang under Renmin Ribao, Gansu Provincial Film and TV Broadcast Group, China Youth Publishing Group, National Theatre of China, Tencent Holdings Limited and Sequoia Capital. Bank of Beijing has also offered a credit facility of RMB 1 billion to ChinaVision for developing its cultural business. Its continuous expansion of up- and downstream operations and enhanced cooperation with capital sources and other parties will definitely drive further growth for the Company in the future."

About ChinaVision Media Group Limited

ChinaVision (SEHK: 1060) is an integrated media entertainment company and is principally engaged in the film, television, print media, and mobile new media businesses in China. Its television and film business produces, distributes and licenses film and television programs, and has had an interest in the production and distribution of several box office hits and top rated TV dramas such as "Let the Bullets Fly" and "The Invincible Agent" etc. Its print media business is involved in newspaper advertising and the distribution of the Beijing Times, a leader in the Beijing morning post retail market, as well as publishing and distribution of madame FIGARO, a premium fashion magazine for women. Under its mobile new media business, the Company develops and distributes mobile television, mobile games and other mobile value-added services. For more information, please visit www.chinavision.hk.

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