Headlines from China: 31 Film & TV Works on China’s Priority Copyright Protection List

31 Film & TV Works on China’s Priority Copyright Protection List

China’s National Copyright Administration published a brand new list of 23 films, 4 TV shows, and 4 animation and comic works whose copyrights will be strongly enforced. Those entertainment works are to be better protected against copyright infringement with measures to prevent unauthorized reproduction both by platforms and users. “The Foreigner,” “Our Shining Days,” and “Legends of Tomorrow Season 2” are among the protected works. Read more on Ent Group

Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ to be Released in China Jan 19

After the success of “Dangal” in China, Aamir Khan is back with his new film “Secret Superstar,” which is to be released on January 19, 2018, the same day drama film “Wonder” is going to be released in China. The Bollywood film is a story about 14-year-old Insia and her dreams of becoming a superstar. Like ‘Dangal,’ the film is produced by the Aamir Khan Productions, and the two films also share a similar storyline. Read more on Mtime

Online Ticketing Platforms Strive for Higher Market Share

Alibaba’s Tao Piaopiao and Tencent-backed Maoyan, two major online ticketing platforms in China, have rolled out much different plans and strategies in an effort to boost market share. While Maoyan wants to vertically integrate industry resources and highly involved in the production and distribution of films, Taopiaopiao has its focus on increasing movie attendance, reaching potential audience, and providing a better movie-going experience. Tao Piaopiao also has plans to support production teams with market data, and promote films with creative marketing campaigns. Read more on Sina

A Run-down of the Chinese Film Market in 2017

A total of 1933 films have been produced in Mainland China this year, most of which are commercial films; this is a 25% increase from 2016. Although the box office has been dominated by films of numerous genres, there has been a constant lack of good animated movies, especially when compared to the American film market where “Coco,” “The Boss Baby,” and “Despicable Me 3” were some of the highest-grossing films this year. Of the best-performing films, many are realistic films such “Wolf Warriors 2,” “Never Say Die,” and “Seventy-seven Days.” Ratings and reviews on films have had a significant influence on box office as more tickets are sold online and many turn to review sites and critics to decide what to watch. Read more on 163.com