Headlines from China: Bilibili Taps Into Online Ticketing, Serving the ACG Sector

Bilibili Taps Into Online Ticketing, Serving the ACG Sector

Bilibili, a Chinese video sharing website themed around anime, manga, and games, recently launched online ticketing services on its website. Bilibili’s online ticketing services mainly serve the ACG (Anime, Comics, and Games subculture in Greater China) sector, selling tickets to comic cons, cosplay conventions, gaming expos, and offline meet-up events. Along with the growth of China’s anime market, related offline events are also thriving. Bibibili’s new ticketing services come right on time to meet the needs of consumers in this market.  Read more on Q Daily

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Set to Open in China on September 22

Lionsgate’s action comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ has scored a release date of September 22 in China. The film is currently playing in theaters across North America and has been performing well in box office. Directed by Patrick Hughes, the film tells the story of a top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) who must guard his mortal enemy, the world’s most notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson). Read more on Mtime

Huayi Brothers Media Sees 42 Percent Revenue Jump for First Half of 2017

Huayi Brothers Media recently released the company’s financial report for the first half of 2017. According to this report, the company’s net revenue in the first half of 2017 is 430 million yuan, up 42.12 percent compared to the same period last year. The company has a packed production schedule for 2017 and most of the films produced early this year, including Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’, will be released during the second half of 2017. Read more on Ent Group

‘Soul on a String’ Failed to Repeat the Success of ‘Paths of the Soul’

After art-house movie ‘Paths of the Soul’ achieved unexpected box office success in China, its sister film ‘Soul on a String’ opened theatrically on August 18. However, only after 5 days in release, the film’s theatrically run was stopped by its distributor Huaxia Film Distribution Co due to technical issues, according to the distributor’s statement. According to Entertainment Capital’s analysis though, the film performed poorly during the 5 days in theater, which is the main reason why its distributor decided to adjusts their distribution plans. Read more on Sina

The Changing Economics and Dynamics of Talent Management in China

According to the recently released semi-annual reports from various Chinese TV production companies, not every major company in this sector is a winner. And most of the poorly performing ones face one same challenge: the departure of A-list talents. Traditionally, entertainment talents are treated more like money-making tools rather than collaborators by their agencies, which usually leads to breakup between the two parties once a talent becomes famous. It’s crucial for Chinese agents to change their approaches in the future if they hope to enhance the stability and sustainability of their businesses as well as their relationships with talents. Read more on TMT Post