Alibaba Pictures

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Alibaba Pictures
Industry Film
Key people
Zhang Qiang (CEO)[1]
Parent Alibaba Group
Subsidiaries Amblin Partners (minority stake)

Alibaba Pictures Group is a Chinese film company under Alibaba Group. The film company was formerly ChinaVision Media, of which Alibaba Group bought a majority stake in late 2014. It subsequently was renamed from ChinaVision to Alibaba Pictures Group. By April 2015, it was the largest Chinese film company by worth, with a market value of US$8.77 billion[2] and by June of the same year it was worth US$9.6 billion.[3]


In March 2014, Alibaba Group bought a 60% stake in ChinaVision Media for $805 million.[4] Alibaba initially registered a film company in the following April with the name Alibaba Films Group before changing it to Alibaba Pictures Group later in the month. Two heads from ChinaVision were listed as directors of Alibaba Pictures.[5] In June 2014, ChinaVision Media was officially renamed to be Alibaba Pictures Group.[6] The following July, Zhang Qiang resigned as vice president of China Film Group to become the head of Alibaba Pictures.[7] Later in the month, Alibaba Pictures entered agreements with filmmakers and film companies, including director Wong Kar Wai and the Hong Kong-based film production company Block 2.[8]

The company purchased Yueke and at the end of 2015, Taobao Movie and Yulebao.[9] On October 9, 2016, Amblin Partners struck a deal with Alibaba, in which Alibaba acquired a minority equity stake in the company and will handle marketing, distribution, and merchandising of Amblin Partners films in China in addition to co-financing Amblin and DreamWorks films worldwide.[10][11] As described by the Financial Times, "Amblin Partners and Alibaba Pictures teamed up to "finance, produce, market and distribute films in China and globally."[12] Alibaba Pictures released the projection in February 2017 that its unaudited 2016 losses could be over US $140 million. The company stated the losses resulted from a promotion known as Tao Piao Piao, where theater tickets are subsidized.[12]

In July 2017, Alibaba increased its stake in Tao Piao Piao, an online ticketing platform, from 87.6% to 96.7%, for 1.3 billion yuan. [13]



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  25. ^ Rahman, Abid (June 13, 2016). "China's Alibaba Pictures Sets Renny Harlin-Directed 'Legend of the Ancient Sword'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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  31. ^ "David Heyman signs on to produce a film version of the "Warriors" children's book series". November 21, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2017.

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