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.