Gaming Giant Blizzard Gets Frosty Response to Hong Kong Gamer Ban

 /  Game  / 
Chinese social-media reaction to the news was rather more condemnatory of Chung’s actions than Western observers, with some users commending Blizzard for acting decisively on the issue. Read More

Toronto Festival Shows New Generation of Chinese Directors Is Coming of Age

 /  Opinion  / 
The 12 Chinese movies at September’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) succeeded in making an impact despite lacking the marketing fanfare of their Hollywood counterparts. Among the dozen films, three particularly stood out thanks to their gripping storylines, brilliant acting, and superb cinematography. Read More

Metals-Turned-Movie-Maker Collapses Amid Film Industry Downturn

 /  News  / 
A Chinese company that started life as a metals firm and transformed into a film studio betting on the domestic industry’s bright prospects has gone bust as the sector slows. Read More

In Depth: Is China’s Animation Industry Ready to Take Off?

 /  Animations  / 
China’s animation industry is on a rising path after a long period of slow growth, signaling huge market potential, analysts said. Investors are also turning to animation as production costs are lower without casts of real people and with relatively less regulatory risk. Read More

Douyin’s Short-Video Creators Get More Audience-Targeting Tools

 /  News  / 
The tools — including one for traffic optimization and a new content management system —will allow 10 million more people to make money on the platform in the next 12 months, said Zhi Ying, Douyin’s general manager for marketing. Read More

Tencent Taps Teen Market With Anime Investment

 /  News  / 
In announcing the investment on Tuesday, Kuaikan didn’t detail how the money will be spent, but highlighted its ambition to become the “Disney of the new era.”  Read More

China Puts Down ‘Overly Entertaining’ Shows Ahead of Anniversary

 /  News  / 
China’s television regulator banned broadcasters from showing any costume or pop idol dramas that are “overly entertaining” in advance of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1. Read More

Wanda Fire Sale Continues With Sputtering Sports Unit IPO, Studio Stake Sale Talks

 /  News  / 
After raising $190 million through that share sale, which was already far less than its original target, Wanda Sports Group’s new stock proceeded to tank 35.5% in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq. Read More

In Depth: China’s Cinema Business Faces a Bad Scene

 /  Opinion  / 
Industry observers said the movie theater industry is likely approaching a period of consolidation as the business faces abundant challenges: a drop in viewership even as cinema chains have continued to add theater screens, insanely high rents that eat into profits, and a government-imposed limit on foreign titles. Read More

For China’s Studios, Movies Have Lost Their Magic

 /  News  / 
All but one of the 13 listed Chinese film studios that had released first-half earnings forecasts by Tuesday expect to see either their profits fall or sink into the red amid tighter government scrutiny over the industry. Read More

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