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Last Updated: July 7, 2016

More Turmoil for China’s Wanda as Rumors Fly

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China’s Dalian Wanda issued a stern denial Monday following rumors that company chairman Wang Jianlin had been detained by authorities as he attempted to fly abroad. The unsubstantiated reports caused stocks in Wanda’s hotel group to swoon. “Rumors...

Peter Loehr to Exit as Legendary Entertainment’s China Chief

Henry Chu
Variety
Longtime China hand Peter Loehr will exit Beijing-based Legendary East at the end of the month, leaving another senior post to be filled at Dalian Wanda-owned Legendary Entertainment after the recent departure of founder Thomas Tull.

After Dick Clark Productions Deal Fails to Close, What’s Next for Dalian Wanda?

Gene Maddaus, Brent Lang
Variety
Wang Jianlin has led a triumphal march through Hollywood.

Film Review: ‘Plastic China’

Dennis Harvey
Variety
Life in one Chinese town is entirely dedicated to recycling of First World waste in Jiu-liang Wang’s documentary.

China Box Office Crawls to 3% Gain in 2016

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Gross theatrical box office in China grew by just 3% in 2016, reaching RMB 45.3 billion in local currency terms. That compared with RMB43.9 billion in 2015. In U.S. dollar terms the data points to a 3.5% drop in the value of the Chinese market from...

Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’ Leaps to $60 Million Opening

Patrick Frater
Variety
The film’s success justifies Chan’s role as a producer.

China Unveils Tough Controls on Foreign Media Activities

Patrick Fraser
Variety
Foreign-owned media or joint ventures in China will not be able to publish online without prior approval.

After ‘Star Wars,’ Studios Ready to Battle for 2016 Chinese Film Slots

Patrick Frater
Variety
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be the first Hollywood film to play in China in 2016.

China Drafts New Film Industry Law

Patrick Frater
Variety
China has moved forward with a new film industry law intended to boost the sector and help Chinese companies compete internationally.

China’s Biggest Anti-Censorship Service is Under Attack

Russell Brandom
Variety
GreatFire.org has been under an unprecedented denial-of-service attack, receiving more than 2 billion requests per hour.

China’s Xi Jinping Seeks Launch of New Media Clusters

Patrick Frater
Variety
Xi said that the new groups should be “diversified,” “advanced,” and “competitive” and said that state authorities should properly integrate and manage traditional and new media.”

China’s Alibaba Pictures Confirms Zhang Qiang as CEO

Patrick Frater
Variety
Zhang, whose appointment was unofficially announced by the media last month, makes the unusual switch from public sector to private. Since 2011 has been vice president of China Film Group, the state-owned enterprise that dominates film imports and...

White House Responds to Jimmy Kimmel’s China Controversy

Ted Johnson
Variety
A joke concerning the killing of Chinese people to avoid paying down U.S. debt was said live on ABC.  

Li Ruigang’s CMC Buys Stake in Caixin Media

Patrick Frater
Variety
China Media Capital, a $833 million venture capital fund with connections to Rupert Murdoch, Time Warner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, has bought a stake in Caixin Media, one of China’s leading independent news organizations.

China Box Office Worth $5 Billion to Film Studios by 2017

Jessica Reif Cohen
Variety
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research estimates the Chinese box office could yield $5 billion in value potential for Hollywood studios by 2017 including imported and local productions (with this figure potentially doubling under further relaxed...