Thoughtful China is a webpage that posts interviews from different industries on the subject of business in China. This week is about the film industry. One of the Interviews is with Kenneth Bi who I just finished working with on a long format web-series. He’s a great guy and a great director! There’s some good stuff in here from all the interviewees.
This from Thoughful China:
China’s market is booming. Box office revenues rose 30% last year to $2.7 billion. China is expected to overtake the US within a decade, with about 10 new screens opening daily. But China is not an easy market for foreign filmmakers. To protect and nurture its local industry, China strictly limits the number of foreign films that can be shown annually, and films that offend China never make the cut.
So Hollywood’s leading directors are bending over backward to appease local censors. A New York Times article three months ago reported US moviemakers are “even allowing government officials onto movie sets to monitor the filming,” as was the case with Disney and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3.”
At the same time, studios in Hong Kong and China have upgraded production facilities while getting savvier about how they market their own films to overseas viewers, creating stiff competition, especially in other parts of Asia.
Our guests on “Thoughtful China” this week include Jeffrey Soong, CEO of Media Asia Group Holdings; Huayi Brothers’ executive Leigh Gow; Kenneth Bi, director of the upcoming Huayi Bros’ action-thriller “Control” starring Daniel Wu; Loeb & Loeb Partner Stephen Saltzman; and Sirena Liu, founder of Filmworks China Entertainment Marketing.
Host Trevor Lai asks these entertainment experts how China is changing the way Hollywood produces and markets motion pictures for the world, current trends evolving China’s own film industry and opportunities for brands to play a role within Chinese and international films.
Find out the answers to these questions and more this week on “Thoughtful China” HERE.
|Executive Producer:||Normandy Madden – Senior VP, Thoughtful China|
|Host:||Trevor Lai – CEO, Up Studios|
|Featured Guest:||Jeffrey Soong – CEO, Media Asia Group Holdings|
|Commentary:||Sirena Liu – President, Filmworks China Entertainment Marketing|
|Panelists:||Kenneth Bi – Writer/Film Director
Leigh Gow – Managing Director, Huayi Brothers Fashion Group
Stephen Saltzman – Partner, Loeb & Loeb
|Episode Summary:||China’s market is booming, but it remains a tough market for foreign filmmakers, due to strong local competition and strict import controls and censorship. This week on “Thoughtful China,” host Trevor Lai asks entertainment experts how China is changing the way Hollywood produces and markets motion pictures for the world, current trends evolving China’s own film industry and opportunities for brands to play a role within Chinese and international films.|