Sid Ganis to Assist China’s Ambitious Wuxi Studio
China’s most ambitious new film production facility, the Wuxi Studio, on Thursday named Sid Ganis, a Hollywood executive and former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honorary chairperson for development and promotion.
Ms. Zhu Weiping, Communist Party Secretary of the Binhu district of Wuxi, a city of 4.5 million 45 minutes northwest of Shanghai by bullet train, made the announcement from the grounds of what will be, by year’s end, China’s first designated digital film industrial park.
“Chinawood,” as the project’s been dubbed, has reportedly taken millions in funding from the local government of the city, which Forbes named 2008’s third-best business city in China. Nicknamed “Little Shanghai” because of its proximity to China’s commercial hub and its rapid urbanization and booming economy, Wuxi could become a destination for international filmmakers, Ganis