The ‘Drifters’ Dreaming of Stardom

 /  People  / 
‘Hengdian drifters’ are not known for their performances. They are aspiring actors from all over China who have come to the world’s largest film and television shooting base, Hengdian World Studios, mostly working as extras or as crew. Read More

Film Association Criticizes Government Tax Clawback Plan

 /  News  / 
China’s film director association has criticized a possible government move to ask entertainment companies to pay previously waived taxes. Read More

Sci-Fi Phenom Liu Cixin on Fame, Morality and the Future

 /  People  / 
The New Yorker called him “the Sir Arthur C. Clarke of China” and one of the most respected writers of classic science fiction. He counts Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg among his fans. Read More

Premiere Urges Price Cuts for Cancer Drugs Amid Hit Film’s Success

 /  News  / 
Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang is instructing relevant government agencies to speed up the cutting of prices of cancer drugs, according to a post published on the website of the State Council. Read More

Chinese Livestreamer Inke Passes Listing Hearing

 /  Money  / 
Livestreaming platform Inke Ltd., which filed for a Hong Kong initial public offering in March, has passed its listing hearing and will start selling shares to international investors on Wednesday. Read More

Tencent, J.J. Abrams in Gaming Partnership

 /  Game  / 
Bad Robot, the media vehicle of Hollywood producer, director and writer J.J. Abrams, said it has entered a strategic partnership with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. to create games spanning mobile, PC and console formats. Read More

Video Site YY Streams Into Southeast Asia With Bigo Deal

 /  News  / 
YY Inc., one of China’s biggest livestreaming platforms, announced a further $272 million investment in its Singaporean cousin, Bigo Inc., which enjoys an established presence in Southeast Asia and a foothold in South Asia and the Middle East. Read More

IQiyi Wants In on Short-Video Craze

 /  News  / 
China’s Netflix equivalent, iQiyi Inc., has finally jumped on the Chinese craze for short-video apps, saying its new app will become the company’s major offering over the next one to three years. Read More

Hollywood Blockbusters Do Better in China Than U.S. in Recent Weeks

 /  News  / 
In recent weeks, several Hollywood blockbusters have done better in China than at home, with the latest example being action-adventure flick “Rampage,” which runs on the star power of Dwayne Johnson. Read More

Livestreaming Gamer Takes Playbook to Wall Street

 /  News  / 
Huya Inc. plans to raise up to $200 million in a New York initial public offering (IPO) in what could become the first such U.S. listing from China’s young but fast-growing group of live-broadcasting specialists. Read More

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