As a prominent Bear Stearns Cos. executive, Donald Tang used his deep connections in China to broker deals and grow the company’s business in Asia. He even arranged for Chief Executive Jimmy Cayne to play bridge with senior Chinese government officials.
But that all ended when Bear Stearns collapsed during the financial crisis of 2008.
A decade later, Tang, 54, is seeking to reinvent himself as a Hollywood player with the same calling card that propelled his rise in finance: bridge-building between industries in the East and the West.
His 2-year-old Los Angeles film and TV firm, Tang Media Partners, with investors including Tencent and Sequoia Capital’s Neil Shen, is...