DAILY BRIEF

May 26, 2017

NEWS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS

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    Shanghai Media Group Pictures Strikes 'Doctor Who' Deal for China

    The hit series has so far been available across a number of digital platforms in the Middle Kingdom, with BBC Worldwide looking to expand the franchise's fan base further with the new agreement. The Hollywood Reporter

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    Russian Film Group, China's Yangtze Strike Partnership

    Russian Film Group, known for "Viy" and "Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China," has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Chinese film company Yangtze. The Hollywood Reporter

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    China Unleashes Zombie Films to Boost the Box Office

    Almost four decades of economic reforms in China have been accompanied by a persistent question — would the market change China, or would the Chinese political system tame the market? The zombie films are striking a blow for market forces. Financial Times

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    How the West May Be Helping to Shape Chinese Cinema's next New Wave: Two Emerging Filmmakers Tell Their Stories

    Qiu Yang and Chloé Zhao – who are among the Chinese filmmakers showing their work at Cannes this year – stress how much living and studying abroad widened their horizons and gave them a new focus. South China Morning Post

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    Cannes: Vis a Vis Program Showcases China’s Arrival in Global Cinema

    A tribute to cinematographer Chris Doyle on Friday night in Cannes will bring to a close the first edition of China Vis a Vis. A new Chinese cultural outreach program, it has run the duration of the Cannes Film Festival. Variety

HEADLINES FROM CHINA

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    Will Chinese Directors Feng Xiaogang and Stephen Chow Help Boost China's Box Office?

    This year, Stephen Chow, Feng Xiaogang, Chen Kaige, Jiang Wen, Zhang Yimou, John Woo — six of China and Hong Kong's most famous directors — are returning to direct different film projects. Will the return of these blockbuster directors help bolster China's flagging box office or will the tastes of these veteran directors prove be dissonant with the tastes of China's younger audiences? Yiqipaidianying

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    China's Summer Schedule Crowded with Hollywood Releases

    Currently, seven Hollywood films — "Wonder Woman," "The Lost City of Z," "The Mummy," "Alien: Covenant," "Transformers: The Last Knight," "Lion," and "Despicable Me 3" — have secured release dates in China in the summer. And there's also a high possibility that films like "Cars 3" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" might also join an already crowded summer schedule. Mtime

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    Dadi Cinemas to Hold Live Concerts in Theaters

    It's not uncommon for movie theaters to be used as venues for broadcasting live events, but Dadi Cinemas, one of China's biggest cinema exhibitors, hopes to open up new sources of revenues by using its theaters to host live concerts, starting with 10 concerts in five different cities from May to July this year. Ent Group

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    'Wolf Warriors 2' Producers Responds to Copyright Infringement Case

    Last week, a lawsuit against Deng Feng International Media and Horgos Chunqiu Time Media was brought by Wuhan Chuanqiren Entertainment, with the plaintiff accusing the film's producers of breach of copyright. The producers of "Wolf Warrior 2" has since then issued statements that reaffirm their ownership of the copyrights and have announced that the release of the film will be unaffected. Mtime

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    It's Not Enough to Develop Premium Content, You Also Have to Know How to Schedule It

    In a bid to attract more subscribers, China's major streaming platforms are putting a lot of resources into developing premium content, including online variety shows. Platforms like Tencent have also been astute in their scheduling and releases of their shows, always making sure that at least two new heavy-hitter shows are released every month and that there's a variety of shows scheduled throughout the week. Ent Group