Posts Tagged ‘china’

Alibaba Pictures Eyes Pact With Giant Hengdian Studios

October 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Alibaba Pictures Group has unveiled plans to set up a joint venture with Hengdian, the world’s largest studio facility.

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China Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Wins Weekend, ‘Buddies’ Is Best Over Week

October 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese comedy “Breakup Buddies” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” took the honours at the Chinese box office.

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China’s Youku Tudou Adds Senior Staff

October 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou has hired Teddy Gu as chief product officer, and Jerry Li as senior VP. Gu, formerly with Tencent, will be responsible for the group’s product strategy and operations, and drive the Group’s direct-to-consumer businesses.  Li will be responsible for Youku Tudou’s talent management operations and corporate business development. Before joining Youku Tudou, Li was... Read more

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BUSAN: Youku Inks Trio of Korean Film Deals

October 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BUSAN — Youku Tudou, the giant Chinese online video platform, has struck content supply deals with all three of the major South Korean film conglomerates. The company has exclusively acquired all online rights in China to the feature film output of CJ Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment and Showbox. Youku Tudou founder and CEO Victor Koo announced... Read more

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Taiwan Int’l Documentary Festival Celebrates Chinese Underground Films

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Censorship of the media and political interference in festivals are hot button topics throughout Asia and Asian festivals. Operating under the slogan “truth cannot be confined,” the 9th edition of the Taiwan Intl. Documentary Festival will kick off next week in Taipei (Oct. 9-19) with a whole lineup of “underground” films. With territories including China,...

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Jackie Chan’s Son Jaycee Now Put Under Official Arrest

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jaycee Chan was Wednesday put under formal arrest on drug charges, Beijing courts said.

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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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