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China’s Youku pacts for 1,000 TV series
By  •  November 12, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  220 words

Top video site will offer mix of genres SHANGHAI — China’s top video Web site,, has inked deals with producers of more than 1,000 TV series producers to put 40,000-plus episodes online, amounting to 50,000 hours, the company said Tuesday. “Youku has obtained copyright authorizations for 80% of all the TV series in the […]

Globecast shows CCTV in France
By  •  November 10, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  166 words

CanalPlus deal brings channel 4 million more viewers SHANGHAI — France Telecom subsidiary GlobeCast will carry Chinese national broadcaster CCTV’s French-language channel CCTV-F in Europe, the Paris-based company said Monday. Distributed by CanalPlus, the deal will see CCTV-F join the CanalSat Live broadcast platform as a free-to-air channel. “The channel will potentially reach CanalSat’s over […]

‘SpongeBob’ returning to China’s CCTV
By  •  October 23, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  183 words

Viacom adding ‘never before seen’ episodes for total of 30 SHANGHAI — Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” will return to China Central Television in January. The American animated children’s series first aired on CCTV in 2006, and again from September-December 2007. For its third showing in China, Viacom said Thursday that it will bring “all-new, never before […]

Expat fills China’s TV gap online
By  •  October 9, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  682 words

SHANGHAI — I love living in Shanghai, but there are three things I really miss about the U.S. I miss driving, though I’m sure I’ll change my mind once I get back home and see the gas prices. I miss Chinese food — ironically, American-style Chinese food is the only food that’s not available in […]

John Woo dips into Olympic talent pool
By  •  August 27, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  287 words

SHANGHAI — John Woo has a case of Olympic fever. The director told attendees at a charity dinner recently in Beijing that he hopes to make a sports movie with champion hurdler Liu Xiang and multiple gold medalist diver Guo Jingjing. “I have wanted to produce a sports-themed movie for some time now,” Woo said. […]

Olympics equal gold for Baidu Q2
By and  •  July 23, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  364 words

Advertising could slow during Games SHANGHAI —, China’s top search engine, oposted an 87% surge in quarterly profits Thursday, boosted by Internet traffic growth ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Beijing-based Baidu, which has nearly 65% of the Chinese market, posted a second-quarter profit of 265 million yuan ($38.6 million) for the three months ending […]

Music industry allies against Baidu
By  •  June 3, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  93 words

SHANGHAI — Music industry groups have called the popular Chinese search engine Baidu “the largest and most incorrigible purveyor of pirated music in China.” At a Tuesday press conference in Beijing, Music Copyright Society of China director-general Qu Jingming promised to use legal, business and administrative means to fight piracy. Other organizations backing the initiative […]

Chinese regulators shut down video sites
By  •  May 24, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  162 words

SHANGHAI — Chinese broadcast regulators shut down eight online video sites this week in an open announcement about the sites having carried pornography, violence or content “harmful to social stability.” In an unusually transparent move, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television on Monday ordered the shutdown of the eight small- to mid-tier Web […]

Chinese courts crack down on Net cafe piracy
By  •  April 24, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  212 words

SHANGHAI — Beijing courts promised heavier fines for Internet cafes that allow patrons to illegally download movies, laying down harsh fines for offenders, state-run media reported Thursday. A maximum fine of 23,000 yuan ($3,300) fine was handed to one cafe for illegal distribution of the move Jet Li starrer “Assembly.” The film was produced by […]

Intel invests $12 mil in Shanghai Media Group
By  •  April 11, 2008  •  The Hollywood Reporter •  318 words

SHANGHAI — Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment group, has invested $12 million in the Shanghai Media Group for the development of the media conglomerate’s broadband TV services, SMG said late Thursday. The investment is Intel’s third this week in China since the April 8 launch of the $500 million Intel Capital China Technology Fund. “Our […]