Embattled Huayi Brothers Announces Closer Ties to China’s Communist Party

Variety | 7/9/2019 | Rebecca Davis
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Huayi Brothers, China’s longest-established private-sector film studio, has publicly pledged to deepen its ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), burnishing its patriotic credentials after a year of massive financial losses and the cancellation of its summer blockbuster, “The Eight Hundred,” by party censors.

The firm has established a “CCP Huayi Brothers Media Co. Committee” in order to better “integrate party-building work into every aspect and step of the process of film and TV content creation,” Chinese reports cited the studio’s party secretary, Cao He, as saying. The move took place at a Monday meeting attended by local officials and about 100 Huayi employees, and comes amid a growing cultural tightening throughout China by the Communist government.

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“Huayi Brothers has always believed that correct moral values are the cornerstone of a company’s healthy development,” CEO Wang Zhongjun told the gathering, against a bright red backdrop emblazoned with a large hammer and sickle. “Today, the establishment of the Huayi Brothers party committee will further promote and strengthen this work, and more deeply integrate the party’s core socialist values…into the company’s lifeblood.” Wang is himself a party member.

As of the end of June, Huayi had 115 party members among its 1,933 employees, Chinese reports about the meeting said. More than 85% of them are younger millennials born after 1980. Huayi deputy general manager Gao **** called on employees to “strengthen their theoretical studies and endlessly shape yourself to the party spirit.”

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In China, organizations with more than three party members must set up their own in-house party cell, so the existence of a CCP committee within Huayi is not in and of itself unusual. It is less common, however, for a company to publicize what are typically internal proceedings.

Once a Chinese company’s number of party members exceeds 100, it must establish a more significant...
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