Charles Wang, managing director of Hong Kong-based production services group Salon Films, died from cancer last week (July 6) in a New York City hospital at the age of 74.

One of Asia 's leading suppliers of production logistics and equipment, Salon Films was founded in 1958 when Wang's father - TC Wang - helped Paramount 's The World Of Suzie Wong to shoot in Hong Kong. Under Charles and his brother Fred, the company has since expanded to mainland China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.

It recently worked on Screen Gems' Ultraviolet, starring Milla Jovovich, which filmed in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Mission: Impossible III, which filmed in and around Shanghai.

Wang was awarded the Medal of Honour earlier this month for his valuable contribution to the development of the film and TV industry in Hong Kong. He also received the Professional Achievement Award at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards in April 2006.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday afternoon at the College Chapel of Wang's alma mater, Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.