Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures has appointed production veteran Daniel Yu as production controller and Damon Chan as general manager, exhibition (PRC).

Based in Hong Kong, Yu will oversee all aspects of upcoming EMP productions. A producer with credits including Fruit Chan’s Made In Hong Kong and Ning Hao’s Crazy Stone, Yu co-founded Team Work Productions with Hong Kong star Andy Lau in 1990 and later co-founded production services company October Films.

Chan joins EMP’s Beijing office after seven years at Orange Sky Golden Harvest, where he most recently held the post of chief operating officer (PRC). In his new role, he will spearhead EMP’s foray into exhibition in mainland China.

EMP has a joint venture to develop mainland theatres with Hong Kong-based UA Cinemas. The venture’s first theatre, Emperor UA Vivo City, is scheduled to open in Foshan in May, followed by cinemas in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

“We are delighted to have such major talents in the industry joining us. With Daniel and Damon on board, we look forward to an amazing period of vision and growth in both our film production and exhibitions business,” said EMP CEO Albert Lee.