Two of China’s biggest entertainment companies are expanding and actively looking to train new talent.
Hua Yi, only five years ago a small company in China, has had a phenomenal year, with the economic situation not hurting them at all. In fact they have essentially said that they have simply too many productions going on.
“On January 5th, Huayi Brothers and Beijing Puren Music School began its first year of “Huayi Brothers and Puren” acting training.
Huayi Brothers CEO Wang Zhongjin said that as Huayi begins to film more and more films and dramas, their 70-80 actors are really not enough. Often times, when movie/drama begins filming, their own actors are busy working on another project, so Huayi hopes to find more talents through training.”
This says acting, but from the Chinese wording it could including actors or singers.
Hua Yi’s rival company, Chengtian has been slowly developing their musical talents. Earlier they debuted Vicky Liu Yanwei, and will sometime this year debut a new find: another, younger girl. Also, Guo Jiaming who I posted on earlier for his acting skills, is actually extremely skilled pianist, having acheived level 10 in China (at level 8 I think you can teach professionally). I believe he’s also composed for a tv series, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he goes in an acting or singing direction or both.
I’m excited to hear how the bigger companies in China seem to be actively recruiting for people, and giving them, gasp, training. If they do concentrate on their singers, then these companies will be the ones that can actually give these artists the promotion they deserve.