Former China Lion CEO Milt Barlow departed the label he co-founded in February as the company underwent a restructuring. Now Barlow has emerged with a new distribution company aimed at bringing Asian art house and major releases to Asian American audiences stateside. “While all the talk right now is China, China, China the entire region is exploding with interesting and groundbreaking product. We will be aiming for a rounded release schedule not only from China and Hong Kong but from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and beyond”, said Chairman and CEO Barlow in a statement. Asia Releasing will team with Odin’s Eye Entertainment on its first release, One Mile Above (Kora), in theaters June 8. Asia Releasing will be based in New Zealand with outposts in Los Angeles and Sydney.
Three years ago CEO Milt Barlow co-founded China Lion Film Distribution and struck an exclusive two-year deal with AMC Theaters to bring Chinese hits to U.S. and Canadian audiences. Today Barlow announced he is departing China Lion as the specialty distributor undergoes a “restructure and regroup”. During Barlow’s tenure, China Lion gave stateside bows to Chinese pics including Aftershock, If You Are The One 2, What Woman Want, Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy, and Vulgaria. Prior to establishing China Lion with Jiang Yanming, Barlow brought Chinese films to international audiences through the New Zealand-based Incubate and served as President and CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment in Australia. Here’s the release via Incubate, where Barlow continues as CEO:
China Lion was launched in early 2010 by Barlow and founding partner, Beijing based, Jiang Yanming. In January 2012 leading Chinese film companies BONA and Huayi Brothers also took a stake in the company. Barlow remains as the second biggest shareholder after Yanming. The company is chaired by industry leader Greg Coote.