Chinese production and investment company Dreams of the Dragon Pictures (DDP) has hired Christopher DeHau Lee as president of its film division.

Based in Beijing and Los Angeles, he will oversee feature film development and production as well as international business for the company.

DDP was an investor in Cloud Atlas, handling mainland Chinese distribution and marketing on the film, which grossed $27m in China this January.

The company has also produced Chinese films such as Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting and horror thriller The Man Behind The Courtyard House. It also operates a TV production studio and talent management division.

Lee previously founded China-based production and consulting company Move Eye Media and prior to that worked for DMG Entertainment.

Before moving to China he worked at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, Ron Burkle’s Absolute Entertainment and Paramount-based Melee Entertainment.

DDP is producing and co-producing a slate of films including a romantic drama set in Beijing’s Summer Palace; an adaptation of a Chinese TV comedy series; a mystery suspense based on the case of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student who was found dead in a water tank; and a contemporary action thriller.