Posts Tagged ‘china’

Alibaba’s IPO May Be Biggest In History

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Analysts are divided over Chinese e-commerce giant, but with shares priced at $60-66 each, it measures up against Internet rivals.

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China Clamps Down on Foreign TV Streaming

September 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

China is reportedly getting ready to regulate the number of foreign television programs that online providers can stream in its country, The Wall Street Journal reported . The move means even fewer U.S. programs will make it onto the Chinese viewing menu. As of today, about half the content on popular Chinese streaming services comes from outside the country. But that all will change as the country limits foreign, streamed TV shows to 30 percent. (The Journal said it's unclear if that figure refers to the number of TV shows or episodes.) The U.S. shows that stand to lose are Netflix's wildly popular House of Cards and Warner Brother’s 2 Broke Girls. House of Cards, which is distributed by Sohu, one of the country’s largest video streaming services, reportedly attract millions of viewers a day despite its edgy storylines that criticize China. But popularity doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll stay on the air. In April, the country’s regulators yanked NCIS, The Practice, The Good Wife and The Big Bang Theory off Chinese video streaming services without giving a reason. The Big Bang Theory was reportedly pulling in 120 million viewers a month. The sudden blackout of popular U.S. shows is seen as an example of Chinese leaders keeping a tight grip on foreign media to counter the U.S.'s soft power and shore up China's own television industry. Last year, Chinese censors withheld box office receipts while negotiating a rise in tariffs on Western importers. Now, Chinese leaders want to become not only international exporters of finished goods but also dramas and soap operas, which amount to about 10,000 episodes a year

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‘Rising Star’ Talent Show to Rise in China

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Interactive game show to launch in country with half billion smart phone users

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5 Summer Box Office Takeaways: Marvel Rules, China Rises and Stars Matter

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade. To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to... Read more

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Alibaba IPO Delayed by One Week, Say Reports

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba set to answer questions from U.S. regulators

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China’s Wanda Confirms Ecommerce Venture with Baidu and Tencent

August 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Trio of companies will put up $814 million in bid to create world's largest O2O player

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China’s Orange Sky Hurt by Weak Distribution

August 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Profits take a 76% dive as pan-Asian exhibition company fumbles distribution activities

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China’s Youku Tudou Launches Heyi Film Production Arm

August 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG — Chinese online video giant Youku Tudou has launched a movie production and investment company Heyi Film. Heyi will be run by Allen Zhu and CEO with Youku Tudou’s founder Victor Koo as its chairman. Lee Yong Kwan-director of the Busan International Film Festival will serve on its board as an independent director.... Read more

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Int’l Festival Heads Criticize China Over Beijing Indie Event Closure

August 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Pressure from officials halted festival that was due to have begun on Saturday, archives confiscated

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Film Review: ‘Sud Eau Nord Deplacer’

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

French director Antoine Boutet knows better than to wade into the political quicksand surrounding China's Nan Shui Bei Diao project, though he instinctively recognizes the enormous potential, both sociological and cinematic, in documenting it.

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