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.

  • Jack Q. Gao
    Group VP & CEO, International Investments and Operations, Wanda Cultural Industry Group

    Dr. Jack Q. Gao, as Group senior vice president of Wanda Cultural Industrial Group and CEO of International Investments and Operations, joined Wanda Group in June 2015.

     

    Dr. Gao was senior vice president for News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, 2006-2014). His roles included serving as CEO, NWS China Investments (2010-2014); CEO, Star TV China Co. (2006-2010); chairman, MySpace China (2007-2010) and chief representative, NWS Beijing Representative Office (2006-2014).

     

    Earlier, Dr. Gao was president and general manager of Microsoft China (NASDAQ: MSFT), general partner of Walden International, a leading venture capital firm in U.S., and corporate vice president and president of Emerging Geographies for Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), where he directed all operations in Greater China and India.

     

    Today, Dr. Gao is on the boards of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Legendary Entertainment (Legendary Pictures, Legendary East etc.), Infront Sports & Media AG, World Triathlon Corporation (IRONMAN), Beijing Vantone Industrial Co. Ltd. (CN Stock code: 600246) and AGTech Holding Ltd. (HKEX: 08279). Dr. Gao graduated from the Harbin Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering.

  • Edwin Tan
    President of Wanda Studios Qingdao

    Edwin Tan is of Chinese descent and was born in Singapore. He received his bachelor of economics from Murdoch University in Australia and his MBA from University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Wanda, Tan was the chief operating officer of Reed Exhibitions China, a global leader in B2B exhibitions. His career has seen him helm companies in various industries ranging from healthcare, printing, publishing, exhibitions to, now, entertainment. Tan was also an equity partner in one of the largest international printing companies in Thailand before selling off his stake. His assignments have seen him reside in many places including the USA, the UK, Australia and many countries in Asia. Tan is married with two children, and in his spare time enjoys golf and a good glass of wine.

  • Gary Kho
    Chief Technology Officer

    Gary Kho is the chief technology officer at Wanda Studios. He joined the company in 2015 as chief technology officer to oversee the Studios’ technology infrastructure, applications and operations. Kho also served as interim chief executive officer for Wanda Studios from October 2015 through February 2016. He has a background in technology and business management, having held business technology leadership positions for 20 years at The Walt Disney Company, where he served as chief information officer for both Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney International. During his career at Disney, Kho was instrumental in strategizing the company’s global expansion – building technology operations, infrastructure and systems. He received his B.S. in computer science and business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

  • 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.

  • Morgan Hunwicks
    General Manager of Production

    Morgan Hunwicks began his film career in 1997 in Toronto, where he was a laborer in the set construction department. He subsequently moved into production, and over the next eight years, Hunwicks worked across numerous feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos. In 2007 he moved to Australia working as a production coordinator for another two years before accepting a production manager job at Fox Studios Australia. At Fox Studios, Hunwicks was responsible for business development, ensuring the studios operated at full capacity and was the first choice domestically for production in the film, TV and TVC production sectors, and also managed the day-to-day operations of all incoming and outgoing productions.

  • Corey McIntyre
    General Manager of Facilities

    Corey McIntyre is a highly skilled and very experienced operations and facilities manager, with an impressive history of successfully managing large and complex sites in the entertainment, film and event environments. Working in Australia’s largest film studio, Fox Studios Australia, McIntyre has held several titles within the studio operations team throughout his 15 years of studio experience. Leaving Australia and his last held position as head of operations, McIntyre has joined Wanda Studio Qingdao to bring his knowledge of film studio operation and facility management. He is recognized as an energetic and service-driven leader, with strengths in building high performing teams, and successfully engaging with key stakeholders including producers, production heads of departments and major A-list clients.

  • 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.

  • Jack Q. Gao
    Group VP & CEO, International Investments and Operations, Wanda Cultural Industry Group

    Dr. Jack Q. Gao, as Group senior vice president of Wanda Cultural Industrial Group and CEO of International Investments and Operations, joined Wanda Group in June 2015.

     

    Dr. Gao was senior vice president for News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, 2006-2014). His roles included serving as CEO, NWS China Investments (2010-2014); CEO, Star TV China Co. (2006-2010); chairman, MySpace China (2007-2010) and chief representative, NWS Beijing Representative Office (2006-2014).

     

    Earlier, Dr. Gao was president and general manager of Microsoft China (NASDAQ: MSFT), general partner of Walden International, a leading venture capital firm in U.S., and corporate vice president and president of Emerging Geographies for Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), where he directed all operations in Greater China and India.

     

    Today, Dr. Gao is on the boards of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Legendary Entertainment (Legendary Pictures, Legendary East etc.), Infront Sports & Media AG, World Triathlon Corporation (IRONMAN), Beijing Vantone Industrial Co. Ltd. (CN Stock code: 600246) and AGTech Holding Ltd. (HKEX: 08279). Dr. Gao graduated from the Harbin Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering.

  • Edwin Tan
    President of Wanda Studios Qingdao

    Edwin Tan is of Chinese descent and was born in Singapore. He received his bachelor of economics from Murdoch University in Australia and his MBA from University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Wanda, Tan was the chief operating officer of Reed Exhibitions China, a global leader in B2B exhibitions. His career has seen him helm companies in various industries ranging from healthcare, printing, publishing, exhibitions to, now, entertainment. Tan was also an equity partner in one of the largest international printing companies in Thailand before selling off his stake. His assignments have seen him reside in many places including the USA, the UK, Australia and many countries in Asia. Tan is married with two children, and in his spare time enjoys golf and a good glass of wine.

  • Gary Kho
    Chief Technology Officer

    Gary Kho is the chief technology officer at Wanda Studios. He joined the company in 2015 as chief technology officer to oversee the Studios’ technology infrastructure, applications and operations. Kho also served as interim chief executive officer for Wanda Studios from October 2015 through February 2016. He has a background in technology and business management, having held business technology leadership positions for 20 years at The Walt Disney Company, where he served as chief information officer for both Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney International. During his career at Disney, Kho was instrumental in strategizing the company’s global expansion – building technology operations, infrastructure and systems. He received his B.S. in computer science and business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

  • 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.

  • Morgan Hunwicks
    General Manager of Production

    Morgan Hunwicks began his film career in 1997 in Toronto, where he was a laborer in the set construction department. He subsequently moved into production, and over the next eight years, Hunwicks worked across numerous feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos. In 2007 he moved to Australia working as a production coordinator for another two years before accepting a production manager job at Fox Studios Australia. At Fox Studios, Hunwicks was responsible for business development, ensuring the studios operated at full capacity and was the first choice domestically for production in the film, TV and TVC production sectors, and also managed the day-to-day operations of all incoming and outgoing productions.

  • Corey McIntyre
    General Manager of Facilities

    Corey McIntyre is a highly skilled and very experienced operations and facilities manager, with an impressive history of successfully managing large and complex sites in the entertainment, film and event environments. Working in Australia’s largest film studio, Fox Studios Australia, McIntyre has held several titles within the studio operations team throughout his 15 years of studio experience. Leaving Australia and his last held position as head of operations, McIntyre has joined Wanda Studio Qingdao to bring his knowledge of film studio operation and facility management. He is recognized as an energetic and service-driven leader, with strengths in building high performing teams, and successfully engaging with key stakeholders including producers, production heads of departments and major A-list clients.

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.