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Alibaba livestreaming boss fired, accused of nepotism and accepting gifts

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has announced the immediate departure of its livestreaming chief Zhao Yan, who has been fired on grounds of multiple wrongdoings. According to an internal memo produced by the company’s HR department, Zhao is accused of nepotism and accepting gifts. In particular, the document says that he helped third-party livestreamers secure […]

TBI Weekly: Will China’s media giants push Netflix out of Asia-Pacific?

Netflix is, for now, the undisputed global king of streaming, boasting close to 183 million subscribers across most corners of the world – but not quite everywhere. Mainland China is one territory where Netflix has yet to gain a foothold. It is instead ruled by its local media giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, known collectively […]

China’s Tencent to buy Asian streamer Iflix

Chinese entertainment giant Tencent is poised to acquire the key assets of indebted pan-Asian streamer Iflix for an undisclosed sum. Tencent will take control of iFlix’s content, resources and tech, but not its debt, according to BNN Bloomberg, in a move that would expand the reach of its WeTV streaming service in the region. “This […]

China’s Tencent & iQiyi explore Netflix-beating merger, report claims

Chinese media giants Tencent and iQiyi are reportedly exploring a merger that could create the world’s biggest streamer, with more subscribers than Netflix. Tencent is looking to become a majority shareholder in arch-rival iQiyi, according to Reuters, with the strategy designed to reduce both service’s costs and counter competition. iQiyi, which earlier this month hired […]

Kids round-up: Disney+ Hotstar’s Cosmos-Maya commission; Tencent takes ‘Chickpea’; TeamTO staff changes; and more

Disney+ Hotstar orders 200+ eps from Cosmos-Maya Indian streaming service Disney+ Hotstar has commissioned an unprecedented 234 episodes of Asian prodco Cosmos-Maya’s animated series Selfie With Bajrangi. The multi-season deal will see Cosmos-Maya produce three series of 78 x 11-minute episodes for the platform. The cartoon, which follows the adventures of the young Ankush and […]

BBC Studios’ Chinese execs and buyers to miss Showcase amidst Coronavirus fears

BBC Studios (BBCS) has said that its Beijing-based execs and Chinese buyers will miss the producer-distributor’s annual Showcase event in the UK next week, amidst growing fears over the impact of the Coronavirus. BBCS Showcase is widely seen as the world’s largest international content market hosted by a single distributor and will this year welcome […]

China’s Tencent to adapt ‘The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds’

Streaming giant Tencent has struck a deal that will see The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds remade in China. The format was originally produced by RDF Television for Channel 4 and is being adapted into an 8 x 45 minute show in China via local producers Houghton Street Media. The deal was struck by […]

Tencent, Turner team for Tuzki emoticon drama

Chinese streaming giant Tencent has greenlit Second Time is a Charm, a Chinese drama starring the popular WeChat emoticon Tuzki. The famous rabbit IP is owned by Turner Asia Pacific. Its use has been licensed to Tencent for the series and, as part of the agreement, Turner has also made a financial investment in the […]

Tencent picks up ‘Miss Fisher’ adaptation

China’s Tencent has picked up a Chinese adaptation of Australian series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Originally created by Every Cloud Productions, and based on books by Kerry Greenwood, the initial series revolved around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher, a glamourous private detective in the 1920s. Production has now begun in China on […]

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