David U. Lee, founder and CEO of Leeding Media, is one of the most accomplished and experienced entrepreneurs that bridge the U.S. And China film entertainment industries. Under Lee’s leadership, Leeding Media has become the premier independent aggregator and marketer of world-class films in China. Since inception the company along with its partners, marketed 12 feature films theatrically while controlling
the exclusive digital distribution rights to 400 titles in China. Films include Academy Award and Golden Globe winners/nominees Million Dollar Baby, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Rush, Bobby, A Single Man and Kinsey as well as blockbusters Divergent, Insurgent, Ender’s Game, Ghost Rider 2 and Underworld. In 2014, the company helped orchestrate the launch and ongoing operation of Lionsgate Entertainment World, which is the subscription streaming service between Alibaba Group (NASDAQ: BABA) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).
In 2015, Leeding Media launched Leeding Management, a full-service boutique talent management company that bridges unique opportunities for talents between the U.S. and China. Among the clients of Leeding Management is legendary filmmaker and actor, Jiang Wen, who was cast for a groundbreaking role for an Asian actor in Star Wars: Rogue One. Since 2007, Lee has played instrumental roles in 5 groundbreaking film productions in China. Most recently Lee was a post-production producer in Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets. In 2011, Lee produced Inseparable starring two-time Academy award winner, Kevin Spacey. In 2009, Lee advised China Film Group Corporation on the structuring of The Karate Kid co-production starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lee is a Co-Executive Producer of Shanghai starring John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yunfat and Ken Watanabe and The Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, which Lee setup as the most successful China/U.S. co-production in history. In March 2009, Lee was named an inaugural member of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Asia, which celebrates the 20 most impressive young men and women in entertainment in Asia. Lee received both his MBA and BA degrees from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.