EXCLUSIVE: Distribution Workshop sales chief Virginia Leung has been made a director of the company, now majority owned by co-founders Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan.

Leung has been given a seat on the board along with Shi and Chan, who recently increased their joint shareholding in the Hong Kong-based sales company to 60%, while previous majority shareholder, Beijing-based studio Bona Film Group, holds 40%.

Leung started her sales career with Media Asia in 1995 and has also worked at Universe Films Distribution and Mandarin Films. She joined Distribution Workshop when the company was launched in 2008.

Following the ownership changes at DW, the company plans to move into production and financing with an eye on international markets and possibly English-language films. “We’ll be ‘bridging the dragon’ between China and international territories,” said Chan.

Chan is continuing in his role as Bona Film Group COO and DW will continue to handle sales on Bona-produced films.

DW’s Filmart slate includes Ringo Lam’s Wild City, Lo Chi-leung’s The Vanished Murderer and The Treasure, co-directed by Gordon Chan and Ronald Cheng.