Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Run Run Shaw dies
(01-07 10:57)

Sir Run Run Shaw - the founder and chairman of Shaw brothers and the chairman of Television Broadcasting Limited (TVB) - has died at home at the age of 107.
He is survived by two sons and two daughters.
Sir Run Run was married twice, first to Lady Lily Shaw, who died in 1987, and then to his long-time assistant Mona Fong.
In a statement, TVB said he would be sadly missed.
The Chief Executive C Y Leung expressed his condolences to Sir Run Run's family. Mr Leung said he had contributed greatly to the development of the Hong Kong film and entertainment industry and was a very well respected man.
While still a teenager, Run Run Shaw joined his elder brothers in Shanghai in their pioneering efforts to build an overseas distribution market for Chinese films. By 1939, they owned 139 cinemas across the region.
The post-war years proved even more successful for the Shaws and in 1959 Run Run moved to Hong Kong where he set up what was to become the biggest privately-owned film studio in the world. In his heyday, Sir Run Run was producing over 40 films a year.
He was also instrumental in founding TVB, which became the world's leading producer of Chinese language programmes. --RTHK

   
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