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The Beijing International Film Festival

Posted in China Film Industry

A palpable sense of excitement is starting to build here in Beijing as the Third Beijing International Film Festival approaches. Taking place April 16 – 23, The Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF) is emerging as a natural focal point for Hollywood’s preoccupation with the Chinese film business and has already become a regular date on the… Continue Reading

China Movie Co-Productions. They’re Tightening In A Sign Of Things That Have Come

Posted in China Film Industry

One of the things we are always writing about and always trying to get a handle on is what the attitude is in China towards foreign investment.  That attitude is never static for long, always shifting with the economy and sometimes shifting due to other factors such as politics. We are in the midst of… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Promotion Law. How Do Tudou/Yokou Investors Sleep At Night?

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry, Legal News

By Steve Dickinson and Mathew Alderson In the first part of this two part series, in a post entitled “China’s Film Industry Promotion Law. A Discussion Of The Discussion Draft,” we discussed the Discussion Draft of the China Film Industry Promotion Law. Concern has been expressed about a provision of the law that would prevent… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Promotion Law. A Discussion Of The Discussion Draft.

Posted in China Film Industry, Legal News

By: Steve Dickinson and Mathew Alderson The China Film Industry Promotion Law (Discussion Draft) was issued for public comment by the State Council on December 15, 2011. This draft has been in process for many years. The plan was to have the law submitted for adoption at the most recent meeting of the National Peoples… Continue Reading

Foreign Investment In Chinese Movie Theaters

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry, Legal News

China now has the second biggest box office market in the world and the third biggest film production industry in the world. As you would expect, here in China we are seeing an upsurge in foreign interest in the domestic business of movie theaters or cinemas. This interest is driven by the sheer rate of… Continue Reading

How And Why To Do Your China Film As A Co-Production

Posted in China Film Industry, Uncategorized

The following is a guest post by Robert Cain, who I met a few months ago at the US-China Film Co-Production Summit. Rob has worked for more than 20 years in Hollywood and in the global entertainment industry, primarily as a production, finance, strategy and creative development expert. He has been doing business in China… Continue Reading

Film Production In China. SARFT Makes Life Better.

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry

One of the things we have learned in representing companies involved in China’s film industry is that it is the theater owners who seem to make the most money from films shown in China. But Just last week China’s government film agency mandated that the share of film ticket sales be lowered for theater owners…. Continue Reading

China Film Law Q And A. Part III.

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry, Legal News

This is the third and final part of a series of posts relating to China film law, in which our Beijing-based attorney, Mathew Alderson, is interviewed by CMM-I as part of CMM-I’s sector report “Feature Film Co-production in China.” In this post, Mathew explores issues relating to the regulations governing foreign involvement in film production… Continue Reading

Sino-Foreign Film Co-Productions In China.

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry, Legal News

This post was written by Mathew Alderson, a Beijing-based Australian attorney who joined us earlier this year after having worked with us on a number of matters involving the creative services industry. Since Mathew has considerable experience representing foreign companies involved in China’s film industry, I asked him to write this post setting out the… Continue Reading

Bloggers, Innovation, And China’s Future

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Rebecca MacKinnon, China internet guru and former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief just did a long and enlightening post, entitled (and about), “Bloggers, Innovation, and China’s Future.” Ms. MacKinnon concludes her post with this question: Will the growing need for businesses to focus on playing politics with regulators — and scrambling to comply with constantly shifting,… Continue Reading

Chinese Cartoons: You Want Government (SARFT) With That?

Posted in China Film Industry, Legal News

A few months ago we did a post, “Chinese Government Says: Innovate,” on how China believes innovation can come from the top down, and on why this is not likely to be the case. The always excellent Silicon Hutong blog just did a great post, entitled, “Who Banned Roger Rabbit?“on how this applies to China’s… Continue Reading