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Lee inks 2-year consultant deal with Col for Asia

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Academy Award-nominated director Ang Lee has pacted with Sony's Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia to act as a consultant. Lee, director of the multiple Oscar winner "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which has grossed more than $200 million worldwide theatrically, will work with the Hong Kong-based Sony unit to discover new talent and develop Chinese-language projects. The deal runs for two years. Sony has agreed to be flexible in respecting Lee's feature film schedule in working with him. Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group vice chairman Gareth Wigan said Lee "adds something unique to our commitment to making Chinese-language films for worldwide audiences." Lee said there are "a great many film talents in Asia waiting to be discovered," both in front of and behind the camera. Lee was born in Taiwan and educated at New York University. In addition to "Crouching Tiger," he worked with Sony on the 1995 critical hit "Sense and Sensibility." His other credits include "Ride With the Devil," "The Ice Storm" and "Eat Drink Man Woman."

Marla Matzer Rose writes for The Hollywood Reporter

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