The company, Alibaba Pictures Group, was previously
registered in April as Alibaba Films Group before changing its
name later in the month.
Alibaba is preparing for its U.S. listing later this year,
potentially the biggest ever tech offering, even as it maintains
a steady stream of investments that has seen the firm and its
affiliates invest more than $6.2 billion since the beginning of
Alibaba officials declined to comment.
The company and its affiliates have spent more than $3 billion
on film and television investments, including online video site
Youku Tudou Inc, cable and Internet TV firm Wasu Media Holding
Co Ltd and ChinaVision Media Group Ltd.
The directors of Alibaba Pictures Group were listed in the
filing as Dong Ping, chairman of ChinaVision, and Zhao Chao,
also an executive director of ChinaVision.
In March, Alibaba bought a controlling stake in ChinaVision for
$804 million, giving the e-commerce company access to TV and
The companies said at the time they would establish a strategic
committee to explore online entertainment and media.
Alibaba Group has its own digital entertainment arm within the
company, which is responsible for mobile games and
music-streaming service Xiami.
Joe Tsai, Alibaba's executive vice chair, told Reuters in March
that the company aims to sell more digital content in the future
in addition to the physical goods it helps people buy now.
(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Additional reporting by Anne Marie
Roantree in HONG KONG; Editing by Richard Pullin and Matt
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