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Simon Wong

  • Jackie Chan takes action against organised crime


    Warning that overseas productions could be scared off, action star Jackie Chan has called for measures to fight organised crime after a triad member was arrested for blackmailing a Hong Kong location on New Line Cinema's Rush Hour 2.
  • Star TV drops plans to launch HK pay-TV platform


    News Corp-owned Star TV has withdrawn its application to operate a pay-TV service in Hong Kong in favour of providing content to the recently-liberalised Hong Kong pay-TV market.
  • Star strikes output deal with Andy Lau's Teamwork


    Star TV has signed a five-year output agreement with Hong Kong star Andy Lau and his Teamwork Motion Pictures production company.
  • Star wins pay-TV licence for Pakistan


    News Corp's Star TV has bagged the first pay-TV licence to be granted by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority. At the same time, Star chairman James Murdoch has confirmed that the company still plans to go ahead with launching pay-TV services in Hong Kong.
  • SPH, Star East form joint TV production venture


    Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has acquired a 50% stake in Hong Kong-based Star East Holding's new TV production subsidiary, Star East Works, for $19m (HK$150m).
  • Star TV appoints Smith to head China


    Hong Kong-based broadcaster Star TV has appointed Laurie Smith as executive vice president, China, as part of a drive to step up operations on the mainland.
  • Hong Kong's Mei Ah steps up film, TV production


    Encouraged by the new crop of pay-TV channels about to hit Hong Kong, local producer Mei Ah Entertainment is expanding its film production slate and ploughing an additional $13m-$26m (HK$100m-HK$200m) into television production.
  • Star inks output deal with Media Asia


    Star TV has signed a five-year output agreement with Media Asia granting it exclusive pay-TV and internet rights to the Hong Kong-based company's films.
  • UK's Yes taps Cox, Young to head Asian operations


    UK video-on-demand (VoD) pioneer Yes Television has appointed Randall Cox and Greg Young to head up its Asian operations after securing one of five pay-TV licences for Hong Kong that were handed out by the local government last month (Screendaily, July 5).
  • Sleeper hit holds strong against Dragon


    Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had a sleepy opening last week accumulating a modest $1m (HK$7.1m) from 44 screens in its first eight days on release. Despite the presence of Hong Kong star Chow Yun-fat and the popular Michelle Yeoh, this only gave Crouching Tiger a screen average of $22,727 per screen. Its opening day gross on July 6 was similarly disappointing, grossing $0.1m (HK$1,099,370) from 42 screens.
  • Yes Television among winners of HK pay-TV licences


    The Hong Kong authorities awarded five pay-TV licences yesterday in a long-awaited move to open the local subscription television market to competition.
  • Filmart reports record-breaking attendance


    Buyer numbers rocketed at leading Hong Kong film event Filmart which closed today (June 30), a surge pundits say highlights the recovery of the local film and TV sector.
  • China Star launches web-site for Chinese film


    Hong Kong-based production house China Star Entertainment made its entry into the growing numbers of entertainment dotcoms today (June 19) with the launch of its web-site
  • Time Warner strikes alliance with CETV


    Time Warner has broken into the potentially lucrative Chinese-language programming market through a ground-breaking strategic alliance with Hong Kong-based broadcaster China Entertainment Television (CETV).
  • Star pledges $64m for Chinese-language production


    News Corp-owned broadcaster Star TV is setting up a Chinese Programming Department through which $64m (HK$500m) will be invested in Chinese-language film and television productions, some of which will be aimed at the international market.
  • Starry Hong Kong floats for $24m

    2-Jun-2000, an entertainment portal formed by Hong Kong celebrities, rode a local market rally on its flotation yesterday to raise $24m (HK$200.6m).
  • Star stalls on joint venture with HKT


    The future of a pay-TV and Internet joint venture between Star TV and Cable & Wireless HKT has been cast into doubt after Star TV questioned the viability of the proposal.