Headlines from China: A Look At Chinese Video Platforms’ 2019 Slates

A Look At Chinese Video Platforms’ 2019 Slates

Recently, leading Chinese video platforms iQiyi, Tencent Video and Youku announced their 2019 slates of drama series and variety shows. As the Chinese entertainment sector has been having a bumpy ride in 2018, these platforms have learned to curate the 2019 slates with a cautious mind. According to the released info, the three online video giants will release 185 drama series and 84 variety shows in 2019. While ancient costume dramas are highly popular in 2018, audiences will see less shows of this genre in 2019. Meanwhile, audiences can expect to see more contemporary stories taking place in urban settings. In addition, 2019 will see less shows that follow the “IP+Celebrities” formula. Read more on National Business Daily

Indian Film ‘102 Not Out’ Set for November 30 China Release

2018 Indian comedy-drama film 102 Not Out has scored a November 30 China release. Directed by Umesh Shukla (OMG Oh My God! 2012), the film is centered around a lively 102 year old who strives to live his life to the fullest. The main theme of film is aging, which is a topic concerns many people in China as well. In addition to 102 Not Out, many previous Indian films that released in China also focus on social issues. For Example, Dangal and Secret Superstar touch upon feminism, and Hindi Medium criticizes educational system. Read more on Mtime

Will Wanda’s Entertainment Unit Return to Its Glorious Days 

On November 5, Wanda Film finally resumed trading after 16 months of suspension. After reaching trading limit down for four consecutive days, the company’s stock bounced back up on November 9. As of November 15, Wanda Film’s stock price went up by 0.51%. Given the current market conditions, it’s not surprising that Wanda Film’s journey of returning to the stock market is rather unsmooth. However, Wanda Film President Zeng Maojun is optimistic about the future of his company and believes that opportunities come in a time of uncertainty. The transformation of Wanda’s Entertainment unit may point out a direction for many Chinese film exhibitors whose struggle to profit in an increasingly saturated sector. Read more on yuledujiaoshou