Headlines from China: Chinese Film Companies Explore International Market at Cannes

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While only few Chinese films will be screened as part of this year's Cannes Film Festival, an increasing number of Chinese companies come to the Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) to explore international business opportunities. Read More

After Outcry, Weibo Does U-Turn on Gay Content Ban

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Twitter-like Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo on Monday reversed its decision to target gay topics in its latest “content clearance” campaign, after millions protested online and official media outlets endorsed tolerance. Read More

Douyin Temporarily Removed Live-stream and Comment Feature

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Bytedance’s short video app Douyin (抖音) has temporarily removed its live-stream and comment feature. It also pushed out its new “anti-addiction system”, which added a reminder that pops up after 90 minutes of continuous usage and a feature that automatically locks the app after daily usage exceeds two hours. Read More

China’s Revamp of Broadcasting Systems Pushes Soft Power, Hard

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Institutional reform will combine state broadcasters into Voice of China, slated to be supervised by the Party’s publicity department. Read More

China Tightens Scrutiny Over Online Videos, Bans Illegal Downloads and Remakes

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China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) today issued a notice (in Chinese) to local regulators, urging them to further reinforce scrutiny over inappropriate online entertainment content—in particular, those made from illegally-downloaded footage. Read More

Headlines from China: China to Eliminate SAPPRFT as Part of Government Restructure

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China will abolish the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and form a new media regulatory body under closer control of the State Council. Read More

Headlines from China: Chinese Government Selects 5000 Cinemas  to Screen Propaganda Content 

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China's media regulator will select 5000 movie theaters across the country to form a "People's Cinema Line," according to a recent statement from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT). Read More

China’s Hip-Hop Haters Turn Their Ire to ‘Hanmai’

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Hip-hop has recently found itself in the firing line of Chinese authorities. But now even "hanmai" — a style of emceeing popular in northeastern China — has come into the crosshairs of the country’s culture wars. Read More

Scott Ross in Beijing: “China is Making Big Mistakes”

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Chris Colman joined Digital Domain co-founder and visual effects pioneer Scott Ross to discuss China’s Hollywood ‘mistakes’, its quest to make global movies and the realities of VR. Read More

Headlines From China: Sohu CEO Zhang Chaoyang: 2017 A Year Of Transition For Online Videos

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Zhang defined 2017 as a year of transition for online videos; Sohu has created 20 high-quality productions in last year and aims to top that number in 2018. Read More