The
Studios

  • Wanda Studios Qingdao, the centerpiece of the Movie Metropolis, is a US $8.2 billion commercial property investment by its parent company, the Wanda Group.

  • Spread across 165.41 hectares, this large-scale movie studio features a substantial number of state-of-the-art sound stages, built to the highest international technical standards.

  • A large backlot will house built-to-order shooting locations with infinite capacity to customize to production needs.

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Introduction

The Centerpiece of the movie metropolis

The Centerpiece of the movie metropolis

Wanda Studios will be the first and only world-class filmmaking destination in China meeting international standards. It will feature 30 purpose-built soundstages, among which will be the world’s largest at 10,000 m2. It will also offer the largest exterior water tank in China, and the country’s most advanced temperature-controlled underwater stage.

Atop technologically advanced and Hollywood endorsed facilities, Wanda Studios will establish a comprehensive, first-class production services unit, a one-stop-shop helping with permits, banking needs, production needs and so much more to navigate China and Qingdao – all to ensure
filming at the studios will be as easy and efficient as possible.

The city of Qingdao is an optimum shooting location: a bustling port, offering a garden-like studio background embraced by mountains, rivers, reservoir and wetland. The city of Qingdao and Wanda Studios will jointly offer a competitive production incentive and cash rebate program – the first of its kind in China – with details to be unveiled October 2016 in Los Angeles.

Our International
Team

  • Hawk Koch
    Special Advisor to Chairman Wang

    Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer, as well as the former President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and past President of the Producers Guild of America.

     

    At the Producers’ Guild, Koch and his former co-president, Mark Gordon, have led the fight to preserve the producer’s credit and restore its value to working producers. In 2013, they were able to secure all the major studios and major independents to agree to uphold the Producer’s Mark which unified the industry in a way that further reinforced the significance of the real producer. Now, only the producers that do the work and get “The Producer’s Mark” are eligible for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild Awards and the BAFTA Awards.

     

    Koch’s tenure at the Academy included spearheading several initiatives including launching the first ever general membership meeting, a sharpened focus on member engagement and the future of filmmaking, as well as major fundraising for the new Academy Museum.

     

    Koch currently serves as a Special Advisor for the Wanda Group, who has commenced the building of the Movie Metropolis and Wanda Studios in Qingdao, China and is also consulting on a Qingdao International Film Festival.

     

    Koch has been intimately involved with the making of more than 50 major motion pictures among them such classics as Marathon Man, Chinatown, Wayne’s World, Peggy Sue Got Married, Heaven Can Wait, and Rosemary’s Baby.

     

    His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of all-time – Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger, Warren Beatty, and Francis Ford Coppola. In addition to his duties as a full time producer, Hawk also serves on the boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, AMC Theatres and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

  • Alvin Fu
    President & CEO

    Alvin Fu comes with more than 25 years of senior management experience with blue-chip multinational corporations in China, 10 of which were with 20th Century Fox. He was the first employee for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in China and was instrumental in transforming its business from physical to digital, multiplying revenue by many folds. Fu possesses a solid track record in launching and leading new ventures through strategic partnerships, effective marketing campaigns and broad distribution coverage.

  • Judy Chen
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    Judy Chen, general manager of marketing and business development at Wanda Studios, has developed and led growth and innovation strategies for 15+ years across three entertainment sectors (film, mobile, television). As GM, Chen builds the Studios’ business strategy and is responsible for driving brand awareness, market leadership, business development, production partnerships, and also strengthening East-West Hollywood relations. Chen joined Wanda Studios with a diverse background from The Walt Disney Company, where she drove global film marketing strategies across multiple continents, and later consulted independently on new technology integrations (including 3D, VR, AR) across platforms. Chen began her career as a journalist, and holds both an MA and BA from the University of Southern California.

  • Sarah Platt
    Director of International Engagement and Outreach

    Sarah Platt has over a decade of experience as a filmmaker. Her motion picture credits include Warren Beatty’s latest film Rules Don’t Apply, Source Code, Untraceable, Blood & Chocolate  and Norman.  As a development and production executive at The Koch Company, Platt learned the ropes around a film set from her mentor, Hawk Koch, former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The two now work closely together, both in developing projects and in implementing production plans on set. In the course of her work, Platt has been fortunate enough to work with a multitude of directors including Warren Beatty, Billy Ray, Phil Alden Robinson, Duncan Jones, Gregory Hoblit and Florent Siri. Her true passion as a filmmaker is in working with up-and-coming talent to develop their voices for the screen and their story and characters for the page. Platt produced a live-action short film, The Gunfighter,  which went viral when it was launched online and became eligible for an Oscar nomination.

  • Tony Lv
    Head of China Market Business Development

    Tony Lv stands at the forefront of the fastest growing film market: the China box office. As the head of China market business development, Lv spearheads domestic, industry-wide awareness of elevated filmmaking standards in Qingdao, helping position Wanda Studios as a leader in the China market. He has a proven ability to build strong relationships, bringing a wealth of connections from his years at Wanda Corporate, and as his career network broadened from Dubai to Los Angeles. Lv received his B.A. from the Wuhan University of Science and Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, skating and hiking, and is an accomplished marathon runner.

  • Kyle Xi
    Head of Production Liaison Services

    Kyle Xi is the head of production liaison services at Wanda Studios. He oversees its one-stop services center that helps navigate productions through filmmaking logistics in China: the incentives start-to-finish process, permits, customs, visas, payroll, recruiting extras and all other related needs. Xi first joined Wanda Studios at its inception two years ago as senior assistant to the CEO, heavily involved in every studio design aspect, as well as all on-going incentives and tax rebate negotiations with the Qingdao government. Prior to his foray into business, Xi was a journalist with stints at the Associated Press Beijing Bureau, and reported extensively on China’s political landscape. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

  • Tommie Curran
    Stage Manager

    Tommie Curran has held various management and production roles within the music and film industries for over 10 years. Based in China since 2012, he has produced award-winning shorts, commercials, documentaries and music videos. His films have been selected for over 20 film festivals across the world and have won several awards including Best Foreign Film at the Houston Gulf Coast Film Festival in September 2016. Curran’s experience in the Chinese film industry garnered attention of major US production companies, including Legendary Entertainment, who hired him as an assistant production coordinator on The Great Wall (2016). Curran joined Wanda Studios in December 2016 as Stage Manager, overseeing all productions that have gone through the studio since opening its doors. Curran holds a first-class honors degree in International Business from the University College Cork in Ireland, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

  • Hawk Koch
    Special Advisor to Chairman Wang

    Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer, as well as the former President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and past President of the Producers Guild of America.

     

    At the Producers’ Guild, Koch and his former co-president, Mark Gordon, have led the fight to preserve the producer’s credit and restore its value to working producers. In 2013, they were able to secure all the major studios and major independents to agree to uphold the Producer’s Mark which unified the industry in a way that further reinforced the significance of the real producer. Now, only the producers that do the work and get “The Producer’s Mark” are eligible for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild Awards and the BAFTA Awards.

     

    Koch’s tenure at the Academy included spearheading several initiatives including launching the first ever general membership meeting, a sharpened focus on member engagement and the future of filmmaking, as well as major fundraising for the new Academy Museum.

     

    Koch currently serves as a Special Advisor for the Wanda Group, who has commenced the building of the Movie Metropolis and Wanda Studios in Qingdao, China and is also consulting on a Qingdao International Film Festival.

     

    Koch has been intimately involved with the making of more than 50 major motion pictures among them such classics as Marathon Man, Chinatown, Wayne’s World, Peggy Sue Got Married, Heaven Can Wait, and Rosemary’s Baby.

     

    His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of all-time – Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger, Warren Beatty, and Francis Ford Coppola. In addition to his duties as a full time producer, Hawk also serves on the boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, AMC Theatres and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

  • Alvin Fu
    President & CEO

    Alvin Fu comes with more than 25 years of senior management experience with blue-chip multinational corporations in China, 10 of which were with 20th Century Fox. He was the first employee for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in China and was instrumental in transforming its business from physical to digital, multiplying revenue by many folds. Fu possesses a solid track record in launching and leading new ventures through strategic partnerships, effective marketing campaigns and broad distribution coverage.

  • Judy Chen
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    Judy Chen, general manager of marketing and business development at Wanda Studios, has developed and led growth and innovation strategies for 15+ years across three entertainment sectors (film, mobile, television). As GM, Chen builds the Studios’ business strategy and is responsible for driving brand awareness, market leadership, business development, production partnerships, and also strengthening East-West Hollywood relations. Chen joined Wanda Studios with a diverse background from The Walt Disney Company, where she drove global film marketing strategies across multiple continents, and later consulted independently on new technology integrations (including 3D, VR, AR) across platforms. Chen began her career as a journalist, and holds both an MA and BA from the University of Southern California.

  • Sarah Platt
    Director of International Engagement and Outreach

    Sarah Platt has over a decade of experience as a filmmaker. Her motion picture credits include Warren Beatty’s latest film Rules Don’t Apply, Source Code, Untraceable, Blood & Chocolate  and Norman.  As a development and production executive at The Koch Company, Platt learned the ropes around a film set from her mentor, Hawk Koch, former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The two now work closely together, both in developing projects and in implementing production plans on set. In the course of her work, Platt has been fortunate enough to work with a multitude of directors including Warren Beatty, Billy Ray, Phil Alden Robinson, Duncan Jones, Gregory Hoblit and Florent Siri. Her true passion as a filmmaker is in working with up-and-coming talent to develop their voices for the screen and their story and characters for the page. Platt produced a live-action short film, The Gunfighter,  which went viral when it was launched online and became eligible for an Oscar nomination.

  • Tony Lv
    Head of China Market Business Development

    Tony Lv stands at the forefront of the fastest growing film market: the China box office. As the head of China market business development, Lv spearheads domestic, industry-wide awareness of elevated filmmaking standards in Qingdao, helping position Wanda Studios as a leader in the China market. He has a proven ability to build strong relationships, bringing a wealth of connections from his years at Wanda Corporate, and as his career network broadened from Dubai to Los Angeles. Lv received his B.A. from the Wuhan University of Science and Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, skating and hiking, and is an accomplished marathon runner.

  • Kyle Xi
    Head of Production Liaison Services

    Kyle Xi is the head of production liaison services at Wanda Studios. He oversees its one-stop services center that helps navigate productions through filmmaking logistics in China: the incentives start-to-finish process, permits, customs, visas, payroll, recruiting extras and all other related needs. Xi first joined Wanda Studios at its inception two years ago as senior assistant to the CEO, heavily involved in every studio design aspect, as well as all on-going incentives and tax rebate negotiations with the Qingdao government. Prior to his foray into business, Xi was a journalist with stints at the Associated Press Beijing Bureau, and reported extensively on China’s political landscape. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

  • Tommie Curran
    Stage Manager

    Tommie Curran has held various management and production roles within the music and film industries for over 10 years. Based in China since 2012, he has produced award-winning shorts, commercials, documentaries and music videos. His films have been selected for over 20 film festivals across the world and have won several awards including Best Foreign Film at the Houston Gulf Coast Film Festival in September 2016. Curran’s experience in the Chinese film industry garnered attention of major US production companies, including Legendary Entertainment, who hired him as an assistant production coordinator on The Great Wall (2016). Curran joined Wanda Studios in December 2016 as Stage Manager, overseeing all productions that have gone through the studio since opening its doors. Curran holds a first-class honors degree in International Business from the University College Cork in Ireland, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Why Film
With Wanda Studios

Easy and Efficient

  • Wanda Studios offers a comprehensive package that drives cost-savings across all areas of production.
  • All services are tailored to suit individual productions, customized offerings available.
  • Wanda Studios aims to ease concerns related to tax, immigration, banking, union negotiations and so on.

International Workforce

  • The strong work ethic of Qingdao film crews stand unrivalled. Expertise areas include scripting, location scouting, cinematography and photography (DPs), costume design, stunts and lighting.
  • Qingdao boasts professional and committed specialists with international experience in almost any area.

Comprehensive
Production Incentives

  • The Qingdao government and the Wanda Group have jointly established a RMB 5 billion Qingdao film and television industry development fund to be realized over a five year period.
  • The incentives fund invests in qualified film and television projects, offering grants to film and television content produced on the studio lot in Qingdao.

Information Security

  • Wanda Studios provides world-class security services, ensuring every production in China remains confidential, private, and fully protected from security breach and property loss.
  • The Studios strive to future proof its IT infrastructure, drawing merit from domestic and international cutting-edge techniques to build a state-of-the-art system that prevents hostile attacks.