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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 […]

China’s iQiyi poised to surpass six broadcasters in content spend

Chinese digital giant iQiyi, one of the territory’s three major subscription VOD services alongside Tencent Video and Youku, is poised to overtake spending on content by China’s top six broadcaster groups combined, according to new research from Ampere Analysis. According to Ampere, iQiyi spent RMB21.1bn ($3.13bn) on content in 2018, nearly matching the total content […]

Made with China: is it time to transcend the quota narrative?

International distributors are increasingly finding new ways of navigating the mixed messages shrouding China’s ominous content quotas and censorship rules. Andy Fry investigates. In recent times, international content companies have been confronted with two conflicting narratives when it comes to China. On the one hand, the country has been pitched as a fast-growing market with […]

TBI Weekly: The Future is Factual – The Top Unscripted Trends of 2018

Weeks after unveiling its long-gestating, multi-million-dollar collaboration with David Attenborough, Netflix made another strong statement in the factual space at this week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) where new recruit Sara Edelson – Los Angeles-based manager for original docs – eschewed the SVOD’s low profile strategy at markets, and met delegates out […]

Tencent to acquire film & TV outfit New Classics Media

China Literature Limited, the publically listed e-books unit of Tencent holdings, is set to acquire film and TV studio New Classics Media (NCM) for US$2.25bn. NCM is a renowned TV series, web series and film producer in China with a track record of creating popular content from The First Half of My Life (pictured) to Yu […]

China’s Tencent picks up 60 Second Docs

China’s Tencent has picked up short-form documentary series 60 Second Docs from Indigenous Media. 60 Second Docs, a series of premium, short-form documentaries, has become a global media brand with distribution deals across linear and digital channels. Averaging 15 million views per episode, it is one of the top performing series on Facebook and connects […]

China’s Tencent acquires first ever Japanese factual format

Chinese streaming platform Tencent is launching a local version of Document 72 Hours (pictured), a format from Japanese public broadcaster NHK that was first launched at MIPTV’s Treasure Box Japan . This is the first time Tencent has adapted a Japanese format and it is being heralded as the start of a new phase of […]

Vivendi offloads Ubisoft stake as Tencent lands

European media giant Vivendi has sold off its stakeholding in Assassin’s Creed games studio Ubisoft for nearly US$2.5 billion, with Chinese tech monolith Tencent among the new shareholders. The deal sees Vivendi selling all 30.5 million of its shares – 27.3% of the entire business – for €2 billion (US$2.45 billion) to various investors. These […]

Fox Asia & Tencent team for celebrity foodie original

Fox Networks Group Asia (FNGA) is set to launch its first season of original production Celebrity Chef: East vs West, which will be shown on Fox brands such as Nat Geo People, as well as Chinese VOD service Tencent. In the first half of 2018, the five-part series will see renowned celebrity chefs Nicholas Tse (pictured) […]

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