Headlines from China: Fan Beibei on How HBO Landed in China and What the Future Holds

Fan Beibei, CEO of HBO China

Fan Beibei on How HBO Landed in China and What the Future Holds

In this interview with WeChat media account Sansheng, HBO China CEO Fan Beibei talks about how she helps HBO develop and maintain its business in China from 2014 up to today. HBO started its business in Asia back in 1995 and mainly provided content to high-end hotels and apartments with foreign residents between 1995 and 2014. Fan Beibei joined HBO in 2014 when China’s online video sector was taking off. Seeing the boom of the market, Fan started developing new business for the company and successfully formed partnerships between HBO and multiple Chinese video platforms and TV channels, such as Tencent Video, IPTV, and SMG’s SiTV. HBO China was officially launched in 2017. In addition to selling content, HBO’s China office strives to assist its Chinese partners in promoting HBO content and attracting new subscribers. Read more on Sansheng

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