China


Exclusive: Formats watchdog fires warning shot at MIPCOM organisers

International format protection group FRAPA has issued an open letter to Reed Midem putting pressure on the MIPCOM organiser to address China’s controversial place at the international TV market. The letter, which has been shared with TBI, comes in response to China being named “Country of Honour” for MIPCOM despite numerous IP theft claims by […]

MIPCOM: China absent from international trade alliance

A new creative alliance between international trade associations has launched to boost global collaboration, though China is absent from the organisation.  Fifteen trade associations, including the UK’s Pact, will convene at Mipcom to form the Global Creative Alliance (GCA) – a new partnership that will look to boost co-production opportunities for producers.   Trade bodies from […]

China sets restrictions to limit foreign TV shows

China’s Radio and Television Administration is set to limit foreign TV content across its platforms.  The government agency is set to outlaw foreign TV shows in their entirety for prime time (7-10pm), and to place a 30% quota on streaming platforms for any imported content. The new restrictions target foreign current affairs titles, as well […]

China overtakes UK as second biggest programming market

China has overtaken the UK in the television programming industry, becoming the second-largest market in the world after the United States, according to IHS Markit. TV programming expenditures in China, including online platforms, hit 73 billion yuan (US$10.9 billion) in 2017, followed by the UK which spent US$10 billion and led by the US which […]

Eurodata: World Cup Final reached 163m across Europe

The climax of the 2018 World Cup in Russia delivered strong figures across Europe and beyond, with 163 million watching France’s triumph over surprise finalists Croatia on Sunday. Eurodata also revealed that a growing number of online viewers tuned in on a range of devices. Not surprisingly, French viewers were gripped, with 19.3m viewers watching […]

BBCW strikes deal with SMGP to expand Doctor Who in China

BBC Worldwide today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading Chinese media company Shanghai Media Group Pictures that will see expansion of the Doctor Who brand in China. Under the terms of the agreement, BBCW will work with SMG Pictures to increase the Doctor Who fan base in China, exploring opportunities as well as exchanging expertise. […]

Key markets driving high-end ad recovery

The US, China and Japan will drive a recovery in luxury advertising, with TV taking about 30% of the total spend. The three key markets will account for almost 80% of the increase in luxury goods ad spend between now and 2018, according to media buyer and ad market forecaster ZentihOptimedia. It says there will […]

IPCN’s live stream dreams

Live streaming have become big business in China, with hundreds of new apps allowing connected consumers to interact, and through advanced payment systems, reward the online talent directly. Rebecca Yang’s IPCN is bringing its TV savvy to the emerging sector The money that the stars of China’s live streaming scene can make prove it is […]

Trump win ‘could spell trouble’ for US entertainment

Donald Trump’s election win earlier this week will make international sales harder for US media companies, according to influential analyst house Ovum. In an update to clients, Ovum managing director Aneil Rakity noted that entertainment content has been one of the country’s most significant exports in terms of revenue and soft power. “The ascendancy of […]

China to spur Asia pay TV boom

There will be over 500 million new digital TV homes across Asia Pacific between now and 2020 with China and India responsible for much of the growth according to new research. Digital TV Research says that digital pay TV penetration stood at 51.7% at the end of 2013 and that total will increase to 61.2% […]