The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Two top China film firms initiate process to list in Shanghai


SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Two of China's most influential state-owned film companies, China Film Group and Shanghai Film Group, have submitted their applications to list on the Shanghai stock exchange, the country's securities regulator said.

The plan comes as Beijing encourages domestic media and film firms to list in order to better compete with new media companies and privately invested film companies like Huayi Brothers Media Corp and Bona Film Group.

China Film Group Corporation is the largest movie producer and distributor in China and the sole importer of foreign movies in the country. Shanghai Film Group is a unit under Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group, one of the largest and most authoritative media conglomerates in China.

Both companies have submitted their application to list on the Shanghai exchange, according to a document posted on the China Securities Regulatory Commission's website on Friday.