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Celestial Pictures is a diversified entertainment company focusing on Asian-language film and television content including production, aggregation, distribution and the operation of TV channels. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company owns the world's largest Chinese film collection including the Shaw Brothers film library. Celestial Pictures is restoring the Shaw Brothers' movies and distributing them to cinemas and the worldwide television and home video markets.

History

It purchased the Shaw Brothers film library in 2000, when it was then called "East Asia Filmed Entertainment Ltd" and owned by the Malaysian media group Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd, which in turn controlled by Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd (a Malaysian investment holding company). In 2001, under the Chinese name 星藝映畫, it produced two films, namely Comic King (漫畫風雲) and Stowaway (驚天大逃亡). It took up the current Chinese name 天映娛樂 in 2002.

Television channels

Celestial’s television channel operations include Celestial Movies; Celestial Movies Asia, which screens Japanese and Korean blockbusters; Celestial Classic Movies, which features Chinese classic films including the Shaw Brothers film collection; and WaTV, a Chinese infotainment channel dedicated to a new reflection of modern China. Also Shaw Bros. movies distributed by Celestial are shown in America on El Rey Network as part of its "Flying Five Finger One Armed Eight Pole Shaolin Exploding Death Touch Tuesdays" block.

Film and television content acquisition

Besides the library and TV networks, Celestial Pictures produces and acquires feature films and hundreds of hours of television programmes each year, including television dramas, children's programmes, animation and documentaries for their channels and worldwide distribution. Celestial Pictures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astro Overseas Ltd, owned by Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd.

References

# All The Content (2008), All The Content, ''Celestial Pictures to offer Mobile Content in Europe Inks Agreement with AllTheContent to Distribute Kung Fu Clips'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.allthecontent.com/news/celestial-pictures-to-offer-mobile-content-in-europe-inks-agreement-with-allthecontent-to-distribute-kung-fu-clips.html
# Celestial Pictures (2002), Celestial Pictures Newsroom, ''Celestial Pictures Tributes Shaw Brothers Films At Gala Reception to Celebrate the Cinematic Re-release and Video Launch of the Shaw Brothers Movies'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.celestialpictures.com/level3_recentnews.cfm?l_news_id=153
# Celestial Pictures (2002), Celestial Pictures Newsroom, ''Celestial Pictures presents Shaw Brothers Masterpieces Digitally Restored Press Conference'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.celestialpictures.com/level3_recentnews.cfm?l_news_id=154
# Celestial Pictures (2003), Celestial Pictures Newsroom, ''Celestial Movies Launches the World's First Global 24-hour Chinese Movie Channel in Hong Kong on exTV'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.celestialpictures.com/level3_recentnews.cfm?l_news_id=130
# Celestial Pictures (2004), Celestial Pictures Newsroom, ''Celestial Pictures' China-Content Infotainment Channel Launches in Southeast Asia'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.celestialpictures.com/level3_recentnews.cfm?l_news_id=122
# Celestial Pictures (2009), Celestial Pictures Newsroom, retrieved on June 17, 2009
https://web.archive.org/web/20090731115720/http://www.celestialpictures.com/level2_newsroom.cfm
# Hong Kong Cinema (2009), Hong Kong Cinema - Shaw Brothers News - Celestial, retrieved on June 17, 2009

#Information Services Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, ''Celestial Pictures Limited donates film library to HK Film Archive (with photos)'', retrieved June 17, 2009

# Mark Pollard, Kung Fu Cinema (2009), Celestial Pictures: Kung Fu Cinema, retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.kungfucinema.com/tag/celestial-pictures
# Mark Pollard, Kung Fu Cinema (2009), Celestial Pictures: Kung Fu Cinema, ''Celestial donates Shaw library to HK Film Archive'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.kungfucinema.com/celestial-donates-shaw-library-to-hk-film-archive-6972
# Mark Pollard, Kung Fu Cinema (2009), Celestial Pictures: Kung Fu Cinema, ''Shaw films leave U.S. and head to Russia'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.kungfucinema.com/shaw-films-pack-up-in-us-and-head-to-russia-4361
# # # # # # # Screen International (2007), Screen International, ''Celestial Pictures launches kung-fu mobile TV channel'', retrieved on June 17, 2009
http://www.screendaily.com/celestial-pictures-launches-kung-fu-mobile-tv-channel/4033356.article


External links


Celestial Pictures - Official Website

CELESTIAL MOVIES - Official Website

CELESTIAL MOVIES ASIA - Official Website

CELESTIAL CLASSIC MOVIES - Official Website

Celestial Tiger Entertainment - Official Website

China Travel
{{Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd Category:Astro Malaysia Holdings Category:Film production companies of Hong Kong Category:Television production companies Category:Mass media companies established in 2000 Category:Mass media companies disestablished in 2011