Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt has been awarded the Nordic Council Film Prize 2013. The Oscar entry from Denmark will receive a cash prize of 47,000 euros to be shared between the director, scriptwriter and producers. This is the second time Vinterberg has won the prize: he took it in 2010 for Submarino. After winning the top actor prize for Mads Mikkelsen in Cannes in 2012, The Hunt was released in Denmark in January this year. It has held the No. 1 spot at the box office ever since.
Christopher DeHau Lee has been named head of film at Dreams of the Dragon Pictures. He’ll be based in Beijing and Los Angeles, overseeing film development and production as well as international business The studio was the Chinese partner on Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas, handing marketing and distribution in Mainland China where the pic scored its highest gross for a single territory with $27.7M. Dreams of the Dragon also houses a TV production studio and a talent management division. Lee has a background in both China and Hollywood. He has worked in production and development at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, Ron Burkle’s Absolute Entertainment, and Dreamworks/Paramount-based Melee Entertainment. In China, he founded consulting firm Move Eye Media and was previously an exec at DMG, the company that partnered with Marvel on Iron Man 3. DDP develops projects in-house, co-finances and co-produces and acquires pics for distribution in China. The company plans to release between five and eight movies a year and currently has a multi-genre slate that includes drama, comedy, mystery and action.