China Star Entertainment vice-chairman Tiffany Chen has been named one of The Hollywood Reporter's international Women In Entertainment. Women in Entertainment is an annual list of 100 women power players in Hollywood as well as selected influential women film executives overseas.
A Taiwanese native, Chen moved to Hong Kong in the early 80s when she married film producer and now-China Star chairman Charles Heung. At his persuasion, Chen quit her career in trading and submerged herself in the world of films, working with Heung in entertainment outfit Win' s Entertainment.
"It's always hard starting out, whether you're a man or a woman. When I started helping my husband, I didn' t know anything about the business. I would ask call people up all the time and relentless questions," Chen told The Hollywood Reporter.
Chen added that her relentless curiosity helped her gain much needed knowledge about the industry. She has since helped Heung build China Star into a media empire with interests in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
On the credits for China Star films, Chen is usually listed as administrative producer, a humble title despite the huge power she wields in getting projects greenlit and the ability to pull a top-level cast together with just a phone call.
Under her eagle eye, China Star films have done remarkably well at the box office. These include hits such 2000' s box office champion Needing You, Love On A Diet and, more recently, Lost In Time.
"I've learnt very early on that it' s all about trust. The artists trust that we' ll do right by them and my colleagues trust that, through my contacts, I can help solve whatever problems they encounter," said Chen.