Spring Festival Gala 2019: More Idols, Fewer Foreigners, and No Pigs

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The world's "most-watched" TV program was a dull slog in 2019, as its struggle for relevancy in modern China becomes increasingly difficult. Read More

The Search for China’s Next Big Boy Band is Emphasizing “Social Responsibility” Over Sexiness

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As the authorities get increasingly nervous about the rise of the “Fan Economy” and the influence of the stars at its center, show creators are having to come up with new ways for light entertainment to meet the heavier demands of the widely-touted “New Era”. Read More

Court Rules Against Studio That Charged for Child Actor Roles

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A father whose son was promised a ‘No. 1 role’ in a film will recoup half the fees he paid for his kid’s three scenes and one line. Read More

Why It’s Silly For Chinese to Worry About ‘Sissy’ Young Men

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The real crisis of masculinity isn’t “sissy pants” — it’s a generation of men anxious and insecure about their declining social status. Read More

President and CTO of Internet Data Analysis Company iResearch “Disappear” for Investigation

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Considering iResearch’s influential position in market consulting industry research, and advertising, a possible reason behind the “disappearance” is recent concerns about fabricating market data, especially in TV ratings. Read More

A History of China’s TV Matchmaking

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From flashy hosts to fake romance, the evolving format of China’s televised dating shows reflect changing attitudes toward dating and marriage. Read More

A Hit Chinese TV Show Ignites Heritage Luxury

 /  Entertainment Marketing  / 
A 70-episode TV show called Story of Yanxi Palace, which airs on the Chinese online video platform iQiyi, recently set a record for web TV show when over 700 million people (half of the nation’s population) tuned in on a single day. Read More

Ten Korean Reality TV Shows that Got a Chinese Remake

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South Korean reality series featuring actor and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg is only one of many to have been adapted for Chinese viewers. Read More

‘The Rap of China’ Returns After Off-Beat Year

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China’s first hip-hop reality show shone a spotlight on the local rap scene, but ultimately artists found themselves cast in a bad light. Read More