Ever since Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group purchased AMC for $2.6 billion in 2012 and subsequently became the world’s largest movie exhibitor, many people in the movie industry have been waiting for the other shoe to drop, namely a Chinese company acquiring a major Hollywood studio. While this has not yet happened, pundits have noted a lot of tire-kicking, to borrow a term used by Variety in its Feb. 3 issue. Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Co. Ltd., an entertainment company based in central China, announced in March it had agreed a $1.5 billion deal with Lionsgate to co-finance all qualifying features made by the North American studio over the next three years

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