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Netflix buys second major drama from Youku

Netflix has picked up Youku series I Hear You. The streaming giant has acquired the 24-part romantic comedy from the Chinese streaming giant, which will launch the drama later this week to international subscribers. The deal marks Neftflix’s second major acquisition from Youku, following on from 2017, when the SVOD bought thriller Day And Night. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Endemol Shine partners with China’s Youku for originals

Endemol Shine Group has reached a co-development partnership between its China office and China’s VOD service Youku to create and produce two new original series for the market in 2018. In the deal, the two parties will co-create big budget, non-scripted shows. International creative talent from Endemol Shine Group and Endemol Shine China will bring […]

McMafia heads to China and Sweden

Ahead of its Showcase event in Liverpool next week, BBC Worldwide has announced that McMafia has been sold to services in China and Sweden’s pubcaster, SVT. In China, McMafia will appear as The Godmans on IPTV service providers OPG and Youku. The crime series, starring James Norton (War and Peace) and Juliet Rylance, focuses on […]

Alibaba bolsters VOD services with Disney toons deal

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bolster video streaming service Youku with more than 1,000 episodes of programming. Disney and Alibaba had previously launched an SVOD service, DisneyLife, together in China, but this was closed in April under the weight of the country’s strict rules on foreign […]

Chinese VOD nets welcome Teletubbies

Chinese streaming services Youku and iQiyi have both acquired both seasons of the rebooted Teletubbies preschool series. Deals with Canada-based DHX Media see Youku and Baidu offering season one from June 1 via their SVOD and AVOD services. DHX has licensed more than 9,700 hours into China to date, and has also secured a Teletubbies […]

Alibaba’s Youku taking Saturday Night Live into China

A Chinese Saturday Night Live (SNL) is in the works, with Alibaba-owned online platform Youku making a local version of the long-running NBC comedy series. China’s SNL will be the flagship entertainment show in Youku’s fall/winter line-up. The format is distributed by NBCUniversal, which struck the Youku deal. It is the latest agreement for a local version […]