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Setting Up an Entertainment Company

Updated: Dec 25, 2023


Entertainment Company


The term "Entertainment Company" encompasses a wide range of businesses within the industry. Here are some examples of entertainment company:


  • Film and Television Production: Studios, production companies, distribution channels, etc.

  • Music Industry: Record labels, artist management, concert promotion, etc.

  • Live Entertainment: Theater companies, comedy clubs, event organizers, etc.

  • Digital Entertainment: Gaming companies, streaming services, online content creators, etc.

  • Other Specialized Fields: Talent agencies, animation studios, special effects companies, etc.


Setting Up an Entertainment Company in Hong Kong


Hong Kong boasts a vibrant and dynamic entertainment industry, offering exciting opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. To help you navigate the process of setting up your own entertainment company in Hong Kong, here's a comprehensive guide:


1. Business Structure:


  • Sole Proprietorship: Simplest structure, but unlimited liability. Suitable for small-scale operations.

  • Partnership: Shared ownership and profits, but unlimited liability for partners. Requires a partnership agreement.

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): Most popular choice for entertainment companies. Offers limited liability protection and flexibility in ownership structure. Requires incorporation with the Companies Registry.


2. Business Registration:


  • Register your business name: Conduct a company name search through the Companies Registry to ensure your chosen name is available.

  • Incorporate your LLC: File the necessary documents with the Companies Registry, including the company's name, registered office address, directors' particulars, and share capital.

  • Apply for a Business Registration Certificate: This certificate is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and apply for business licenses.


3. Business Licensing:


  • General Business License: Required for all businesses operating in Hong Kong. Obtainable from the Trade and Industry Department.

  • Specific Licenses: Depending on your entertainment activities, you may need additional licenses, such as:

  • Public Entertainment License for live music performances, film screenings, etc.

  • Restaurant License if you operate a venue with food and beverage service.

  • Film Production License if you produce films for commercial release.


4. Tax Considerations:


  • Profits Tax: Hong Kong has a low and progressive profits tax system.

  • Personal Income Tax: Directors and employees are subject to personal income tax on their earnings.

5. Additional Considerations:


  • Visas and Work Permits: If you are not a Hong Kong resident, you may need a visa and work permit to operate your business and hire foreign employees.

  • Intellectual Property: Register your trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property to protect your creations.


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This is a general overview, and specific requirements may vary depending on your company's nature and activities. 


How Bestar can Help


Here's how Bestar can help you set up an entertainment company in Hong Kong:


Company Registration:


  • Assist with choosing the most suitable business structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC) for your entertainment company.

  • Handle the company registration process with the Companies Registry, including name checks, document preparation, and submission.

  • Obtain necessary licenses and permits, such as Business Registration Certificate, Public Entertainment License (if applicable), and film production licenses (if applicable).


Accounting and Tax Services:


  • Set up your accounting system and bookkeeping procedures.

  • Prepare and file annual financial statements and tax returns.

  • Advise on tax minimization strategies specific to the entertainment industry in Hong Kong.

  • Assist with payroll management and employee benefits administration.


Additional Services:


  • Legal advice and referrals: While we don't offer legal services ourselves, we can connect you with reputable lawyers specializing in entertainment law.

  • Business consulting: Provide guidance on developing a business plan, market research, and financial projections.

  • Secretarial services: Handle company filings, shareholder meetings, and other administrative tasks.


Advantages of Choosing Bestar:


  • One-stop service: Offer a range of services to handle various aspects of setting up your business.

  • Hong Kong expertise: Familiar with local regulations and requirements for entertainment companies.

  • English and Cantonese communication: Able to communicate effectively in both languages, potentially helpful for foreign entrepreneurs.


Contact Bestar today!




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