Jason Bateman
Huayi Brothers closes film slate deal with STX Entertainment

Chinese film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corp. has closed a major deal with Robert Simonds' new movie and TV studio, STX Entertainment, to finance and distribute movies. Under the deal, Beijing-based Huayi Brothers., one of China's largest film companies, will co-produce and distribute 12 to 15 films annually with STX Entertainment, representing virtually all of the studio's films through the end of 2017, according to a statement released Wednesday by the companies. The pact -- one of the largest film slate deals between a Hollywood company and a Chinese-based studio --  increases Huayi Brothers' growing global footprint in the entertainment industry....