Han Sanping retires after 7 years as chairman
Han Sanping will step down as head of China Film Group after seven years as chairman of the state-backed distributor and producer.
Han confirmed to his departure to Film Business Asia, which reports that China Film Group deputy chairman LA Peikang and vice chairman Jiao Hongfen will take over his work load.
Speculation has mounted in recent months that China Film Group was poised to undergo a leadership shakeup. Han has reached retirement age, but told Film Business Asia that he still plans to work in the film business. In addition to his work at China Film Group, he has been a producer and director.
Hollywood closely monitors the comings and goings at China Film Group because it is seen as a key gatekeeper to the country and its burgeoning population of moviegoers. In 2012, China surpassed Japan as the second largest market for films and is widely expected to eventually eclipse the United States. Last year, the country's overall box office grew 27 percent last year, increasing from $2.7 billion in 2012 to $3.6 billion, according to estimates.