Headlines from China: Can Tencent Beat Netflix in Southeast Asia? 

Can Tencent Beat Netflix in Southeast Asia? 

In Southeast Asia where smartphone is used by a large percentage of the population, the region also becomes a battleground for video streaming platforms, including Netflix and China’s Tencent. Recently, Tencent launched WeTV in Thailand, aiming to provide Chinese film and TV content to Thai audiences. This is the first time Tencent provides streaming services in an overseas market. Prior to the launch, Chinese films and TV dramas already have a sizable audience in Thailand. “We plan to further expand in overseas streaming markets with Southeast Asia as a key target market.” says Li Kaichen, head of Tencent Overseas Media Services. Read more on Ent Group

Russian Animated Film ‘The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands’ Set for August 2 China Release

2018 Russian animated film The Snow Queen Mirrorolands has scored an August 2 China release, according to an official announcement. The film is the fourth installment of the The Snow Queen series, which was launched in 2012 by studio WIZART. The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands is directed by Robert Lence along with Aleksey Tsitsilin who also directed the other three Snow Queen movies. Read more on Mtime

Hong Kong Filmmaker Johnnie To to Chair Golden Horse Awards Jury

The executive committee of the Taipei Golden Horse Awards announced today that renowned Hong Kong director Johnnie To had been named the chair of the jury for this years Golden Horse Awards. This is the third time Johnnie To plays this role at the Golden Horse. This year’s Golden Horse Awards ceremony has been set to take place on November 23, which is clashing with the Golden Rooster Awards in mainland China. Read more on Mtime