Headlines from China: Film Shooting Suspended Nationwide in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak 

Film Shooting Suspended Nationwide in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak 

China’s Hengdian World Studio, the largest film studio in the world, has been ordered to close since January 27 in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a statement by Hengdian Film & Television Culture Industry Experiment Unit Administration Committee. Film shooting within the studio has also been suspended. The reopening will be notified at another time. According to Hengdian studio, there were at least 13 films or TV series being shot in Hengdian during the Chinese New Year holiday. Several industry insiders also confirmed to Wechat media account maoyingtv that many regions in China, such as Zhejiang province, Hainan province, Shanghai, and Chongqing, have been ordered to suspend film/TV shooting in order to prevent coronavirus further spread. It may lead to a 1/4 reduction in the number of film and television dramas shot this year. Read more on maoyingtv

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Charitable Activities Become A Part of Chinese Fan Culture

To support the  prevention and control of the coronavirus pandemic in China, many local celebrities have donated funds and medical supplies to charitable organizations or hospitals in Wuhan city. Many fan clubs have also made sizable donations to Wuhan to show support for the suffering city as well as their idols. Fan clubs of Chinese top stars like Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo, and Li Xian have also listed their donations and supplies on Weibo. Even before the outbreak, these fan clubs have established long-term charity projects to support environment protection and underprivileged groups. It is obvious that Chinese fan clubs today not only care about their idols’ reputation and social image, but also value the public welfare and enhance their social influence. Read more on yuledujiaoshou