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China’s Wanda Takes on Disney, DreamWorks Animation With Plan for 200 Theme Parks
Beijing, August 13th (Hollywood Reporter)

Wanda has designs on becoming the biggest multiplatform entertainment company in the world

Wanda Group, China’s biggest real estate company and the world’s largest cinema chain, is planning to build 200 children’s theme parks by 2020, local media reported, making it the country’s biggest kids’ entertainment company.

The parks are set to provide domestic competition for U.S. giants DreamWorks and The Walt Disney Company, both of which have big plans for China.

Shanghai Disneyland, the first Disney park on the Chinese mainland, is scheduled to open in the city’s Pudong district at the end of next year.

In March, DreamWorks Animation and its Chinese partners unveiled designs for a $2.4 billion entertainment complex, also in Shanghai.

General manager of Wanda’s children’s entertainment unit, Qiu Xiaojun, said the parks, which translate from Chinese as “Wanda Baby King Park,” were similar in some ways to Disney theme parks and would feature cartoon images based on a 52-episode series of animations that Wanda had commissioned.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Cannes: Big Projects, Bigger Government Help China’s Animation Industry Advance
Cannes, May 14th (Hollywood Reporter)

A surge in Chinese animation projects will soon come to fruition and industryites are hailing a renaissance in quality.

China has launched a major initiative to boost the troubled animation sector, and the world’s second biggest film market is poised for a boom period centered on major projects.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) is pushing the sector hard, with a designated China animation booth at the market in Cannes and there are local animation bigwigs patrolling the Croisette.

“The Chinese government is heavily promoting the growth of cultural industries, especially animation. In the past they’ve been concentrated on developing industrial zones, not really creative,” said Gary Zhang, who is co-producing a $40-million animated 3D project, Kong, with Korean filmmaker JJ Kim.

“Now they are staying away from that and they want to have more authentic, real effort into the creative industry,” said Zhang.

With Kong, Aquamen – thus named as both Zhang and Kim are Aquarians in the Chinese Zodiac — is looking to energize the Asian animation sector.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Disney to Develop Chinese Co-Productions With Shanghai Media Group
Shanghai, March 6th (Hollywood Reporter)

The two companies will collaborate on Disney-branded movies with “Chinese elements” for the booming China market.

In the latest linkup between Hollywood and the booming Chinese film business, Walt Disney Studios has struck a multi-year deal with Shanghai Media Group Pictures to co-develop Disney-branded movies for China and other markets.

Under the deal, Burbank-based Disney Studios will partner U.S. screenwriters with writers and directors in China to co-develop film projects that are essentially Disney, yet contain “Chinese elements.”

China’s film market, already the world’s second largest, continues to expanded relentlessly. In 2013, total box office hit $3.6 billion, up 27 percent from 2012. According to current forecasts, it is expected to reach $4.6 billion this year.

“For over 90 years Disney has built a rich legacy of entertaining families with high-quality storytelling and compelling characters,” Disney Studios president Alan Bergman said in a statement. “Disney’s collaboration with SMG adds an exciting chapter of new stories for the next generation of global Disney fans.”

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, Hong Kong
Hong Kong, October 5th (siggraph.org)

The 6th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia will take place from 19 – 22 November in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is expected to draw more than 7,000 professionals from 52 countries to Hong Kong.

The SIGGRAPH Asia conference attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world. The SIGGRAPH Asia community includes people everywhere who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is sponsored by The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges.

Both, a conference and a trade exhibition, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 will allow you to see, meet, and interact with the international computer graphics and interactive techniques community. Witness the astounding advancements of computer graphics technologies, where stellar ideas blend with boundless artistry. If you’ve been longing to be enthralled in tangible illusion and immersed in an affluence of innovation and ground-breaking technologies, this is the place to be.

This year, the conference program line-up includes the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications, Technical Briefs, and Technical Papers.

The trade exhibition, held from 20 – 22 November 2013, will offer participants from hardware and software vendors to studios and educational institutions a platform to market their innovative products and services to computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Conference: 19 – 22 November (Tuesday through Friday)
Exhibition: 20 – 22 November (Wednesday through Friday)

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Source: siggraph.org

Animation more than a fantasy
Beijing, October 5th (China Daily)

Creative approaches needed in artistry and business as animators face bottlenecks in traditional broadcast media, Eric Jou reports.

The names of Chinese animation studios have long been showing up in the credits of foreign products. That might please those mentioned, but creating quality content for domestic audiences has been incredibly hard with so many animation companies engaged in outsourcing. But a change is on the way as more and more domestic animation houses use their skill to produce the content they conceive. In early September, the People’s Daily said more Chinese viewers are tuning in to watch domestic animations because the quality is getting better. It also stressed the need to create original content.

According to the China International Cartoon Network website, revenues from domestic animation will hit $32 billion by 2015.

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Source: China Daily

Oriental DreamWorks Rewrites Its China Production Strategy
Shanghai, September 6th (Variety)
Live-action features, animated TV, reality shows added, set to accelerate income

Describing Oriental DreamWorks as a “Chinese content company,” the outfit’s head of production Joe Aguilar this week laid out a substantially expanded production mandate for the one-year old joint venture.

Aguilar announced that Oriental DreamWorks now intends to be involved in animated TV production, live action films, live action TV – including reality formats, as well as mobile and Internet content.

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Source: Variety

‘Despicable Me 2′ Blocked from Chinese Theaters
Beijing, July 233d (Hollywood Reporter)

The government will not allow the Universal animated feature to be shown in the country.

Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me 2 has been denied a release in mainland China, with commentators seeing the decision as part of the country’s attempts to dampen enthusiasm for imported animated features.

A Universal spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the film would not be opening in the country. The previous installment to the franchise, released in 2010, also was not released there.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Oriental DreamWorks and Chinese partners announce Tibet movie
Beijing, April 20th (LA Times)
Filmmakers doing business in China are often advised to avoid the three Ts, as in Taiwan, Tibet and Tiananmen Square.

But that warning doesn’t apply if you happen to be Jeffrey Katzenberg, the animation mogul who has been at the forefront of Hollywood’s push into China.

The chief executive of DreamWorks Animation was in Beijing on Friday to attend a news conference announcing a China film project called “Tibet Code,” an adventure movie based on a popular Chinese book series set in ninth-century Tibet.

The project is a co-production of Oriental DreamWorks — a Chinese joint venture with Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation — and Chinese investors, including China Film Group, the nation’s main film distributor.

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Source: LA Times

Tudou Founder Gary Wang To Launch ‘Pixar Of China
Beijing, March 12th (techcrunch)
Gary Wang, the founder of China’s largest online video site Tudou.com, now plans to launch a Beijing-based animated film studio that the Wall Street Journal calls “China’s answer to Pixar” on April 1. Wang says he has already secured “tens of millions of dollars” in funding from an undisclosed international group of investors–and he’s looking to staff his studio with experts from the U.S. so his movies can compete with Hollywood imports. Wang said he has already gone on a two-week scouting trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles for senior animators, directors, and storyboard artists.

The studio will produce films mostly for the local market, but as Tech In Asia notes, only a few movies from abroad are permitted access to Chinese cinemas each year. China’s movie industry, which was worth $2.74 billion, is still relatively small, but growing rapidly, so Wang has a good chance of creating blockbusters.

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Source: techcrunch

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