Headlines from China: Oriental DreamWorks to be Wholly Owned by CMC and Rebranded as Pearl Studio 

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It's announced today that CMC (China Media Capital) will officially take full ownership of Oriental DreamWorks and rebrand it as Pearl Studio. 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: Gao Xiaosong Talks About Plans to Form ‘Hollywood China Club’

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Gao Xiaosong, co-founder of Alibaba Music Group and chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee, proposed to change the way China partners with Hollywood by uniting companies like Alibaba, Tencent, and Wanda and form a “Hollywood China Club.” Read More

China’s Luxin-Rio Acquires Arts Alliance Media

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Arts Alliance Media (AAM), leading operational software system provider to the cinema industry, has been acquired by Shandong Luxin-Rio Visual Technology Co., Ltd. (Luxin-Rio) of Qingdao, China. Read More

Headlines from China: The Different Fates of This Year’s Two British-Chinese Co-productions 

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While 'The Foreigner' is one of the top performers in box office during China's National Day holiday, 'S.M.A.R.T. Chase' has only made 14 million yuan since its release on September 30. Read More

Government Curbs Sink Overseas Investment in Property, Sports, Entertainment

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China’s outbound direct investment fell 41.8% year-on-year over the first eight months of 2017 in response to a government crackdown on overseas acquisitions in real estate, sports, and entertainment.  Read More

Headlines from China: Jia Zhangke to Shoot ‘Ash is Purest White’

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The official Weibo account of Jia Zhangke’s latest film 'Ash is Purest White' ('Jiang Hu Er Nv') reveals that the film has been officially launched and Jia is preparing for the shooting. Read More

Wanda, Qingdao, and Magical Thinking vs. China Due Diligence

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Last week the news broke that Dalian Wanda, the powerful Chinese real estate developer and entertainment company, was selling off its half-built movie studio, a massive complex under construction near Qingdao. Read More

What Everybody ‘Knows’ About Insta-Star Jing Tian

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In the vacuum left by the lack of a reliable independent press, Chinese gossip, with its penchant for detailed embellishment and invasive speculation can make TMZ look like The New York Review of Books. Add the Internet into the mix, and it goes to the next level, a web of conspiratorial, celebrity-denigrating innuendo that is wildly judgmental, sexist, and almost impossible to respond to. Read More

China Box Office: ‘Kong’-dom Come

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'Kong: Skull Island''s RMB 470 million opening weekend made for the second biggest Hollywood opening this year, behind only 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' (RMB 636 million; $92.7 million), and 18% higher than its strong $61 million North American opening weekend—numbers that allow the film’s Chinese funders, Wanda (who own Legendary Pictures) and Tencent to pound their chests. While Kong may appear outwardly to extend Hollywood’s dominance over the Chinese box office, the participation of Wanda and Tencent really make it a victory for the home team as well. Read More