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LA film reception to boost China co-productions

Hollywood signA special reception to be held in Los Angeles next week is intended to encourage more Hollywood executives to film in Haining City in eastern China.

The Chinese city is situated an hour from Shanghai and is home to 270 production companies, according to Green Lotus Leaf Movie Culture & Production Co. Ltd, the company organising next week’s reception.

“I will be on hand to answer questions directly about film funding, technology project funding, and production partnerships in Haining,” said George Yeh Yang, an economic advisor for Haining City. “Haining City has the best film production incentives and tax credits in all of China.”

American studios and production companies are increasingly investing in film co-productions with China, enabling better American access to the lucrative Chinese market. In return, China gets experience of US production techniques and the chance to spread its ‘soft power’ around the world.

Current movies planned as US-China co-productions include a film version of the classic videogame Tetris, which is envisioned as a sci-fi trilogy.

Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming movie Skyscraper has been pitched as a cross between Die Hard and 70s disaster classic The Towering Inferno, and is set in a Chinese city. Elsewhere, Jason Statham’s Meg will pitch the British action star against a giant prehistoric shark and will also shoot partly in China.

Historical fantasy adventure The Great Wall recently became the biggest ever US-China co-production. The film was shot in China in English with Oscar-winner Matt Damon leading a cast of both US and Chinese stars.

China is also courting Hollywood with new production facilities. The Wanda Qingdao Studios are scheduled to open in mid-2017 and will offer 30 sound stages, a water tank and an extensive backlot, all of which could help boost China’s international appeal.

For more on filming in China see our production guide.