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Hong Kong, August 20th 2014

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Asian films under spotlight at FILMART 2014
Hong Kong, April 1st (HKTDC)

Chinese blockbusters and award-winning productions turned heads at FILMART 2014. More than than 770 exhibitors from around the world took part during the 24-27 March event. FILMART is Asia’s largest film market and a highlight of the 10th Entertainment Expo Hong Kong. – See more at: http://www.hktdc.com/info/web/webcast/content.htm?LANGUAGE=en&MEDIA%5fLANGUAGE=en&ID=1X04BZJK#sthash.QteSuaaU.dpuf

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Source: HKTDC

Hong Kong Filmart Abuzz With Talk of China Market Liberalization
Hong Kong, March 24th (Hollywood Reporter)

Industry insiders at the annual market discuss a slew of recent developments that seem designed to make China a more open and hospitable market, but some remain cautious.

The possibility of liberalization of mainland China’s distribution system, news of a simultaneous U.S. and China launch for Johnny Depp’s Transcendence coupled with the sight of Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson selling Captain America: The Winter Soldier at a Beijing shopping mall, the buzz at the annual Filmart market is all about how the world’s second-largest film market is becoming a more open and hospitable place.

The destiny of Hong Kong’s film business is inextricably linked to that of Mainland China, and developments north of the border are closely watched in the territory as just about everyone seems to have just come back from Hollywood for talks.

The last few weeks have seen a lot of activity, with Shanghai Media Group, China’s second biggest media group, inking a multi-year deal with Walt Disney Studios, and Huayi Bros announcing plans to inject up to $150 million into former Warner Bros. top executive Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

Hong Kong Internation Film & TV Market
Hong Kong, March 10th (HKTDC)

The 4th Digital Entertainment Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, and sponsored by CreateHK of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government, will be held during Entertainment Expo. Expert speakers will discuss the latest developments in animation, computer graphics, interactive design and other industry technology.

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Source: HKTDC

Hong Kong Disneyland Hits Its Stride, Readies for Chinese Rivals
Hong Kong, February 18th (businessweek)

Hong Kong Disneyland is finally on a roll. After years of disappointing results, Disney’s (DIS) first foray into Greater China earned HK$242 million ($31 million) in the year ending in September, the company announced yesterday. That profit came on revenue of HK$4.9 billion, 15 percent more than 2012.

Last year was the second consecutive year in the black for Hong Kong Disneyland, a joint venture between Walt Disney and the Hong Kong government. Hong Kong began in 2005 as the smallest of Disney’s parks, and dedicated Magic Kingdom fans expressed disappointment with the limited number of attractions. When the park opened, for instance, it was missing Autopia and It’s a Small World, two Disneyland classics. Disney has since made amends, launching those attractions as well as three new lands: Toy Story Land, with Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and pals; Grizzly Gulch, anchored by a Wild West-themed roller coaster; and Mystic Point, featuring a haunted mansion that’s not very scary. (Alas, there seems to be little demand for one of my old Disneyland favorites, the Enchanted Tiki Room.)

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Source: businessweek

Hong Kong Ocean Park Adds 30 Attractions with New Round of Development Projects
Hong Kong, January 22nd (Ocean Park Website)

Ocean Park today revealed that its new round of development projects will add around 30 attractions and a projected 1,100 permanent staff positions by 2017. Along with the Ocean Hotel project, the new developments will further elevate the Park’s appeal to overseas tourists and frequent independent travellers (FITs), supporting the government’s vision for Hong Kong’s tourism development. The expansion of attractions will also enhance Ocean Park as a facility serving the community’s recreational and education needs. The Park also announced the appointment of three executive directors, including the head of the newly formed Hotel & Hospitality Division, who will together help lead this new chapter of Ocean Park’s development.

Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park, said, “Ocean Park as a local landmark will undergo yet another dramatic transformation with our 495-room hotel development and the new 400,000 square-foot Water World project, complemented by the 2015 launch of the MTR South Island Line, which will vastly enhance accessibility by independent travellers and locals alike. Ocean Park is thus well positioned to elevate its contributions as a pillar of Hong Kong’s tourism industry and community asset.”

Source: Ocean Park Website

Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park seek further expansion
Hong Kong, January 18th (Want China Times)

Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park are preparing for further expansion to cope with increasing visitor numbers, according to a report released by the Hong Kong government on Friday.

According to the projections in the Assessment Report on Hong Kong’s Capacity to Receive Tourists issued at the end of 2013, visitor arrivals will exceed 70 million in 2017, so major tourist attractions will have to seek further expansion to improve their capacity.

The area of Disneyland has increased about 23% from 22.4 hectares when it first opened to the present 27.5 hectares.

Although Disneyland’s capacity is sufficient to cope with current visitor numbers, it is considering further expansion on the Phase I Site to accommodate more visitors by using the remaining 15.2 hectares of land designated for the future development of the theme park proper and retail, dining and entertainment facilities.

Source: Want China Times

Chinese Film Industry Pays Tribute to Run Run Shaw
Hong Kong, January 8th (Hollywood Reporter)

“There’s no me if not for Mr. Shaw,” says Chow Yun Fat, as Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and others mourn the legendary producer’s death at 106.

Hong Kong media mogul, film producer and philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw passed away at his home on Tuesday at the age of 106. The founder of Shaw Brothers Studio and Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), Shaw was instrumental in bringing Chinese-language film, especially the martial arts genre, to the attention of the world.

His film and TV empire launched the careers of some of China’s biggest stars, including Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Chow Yun-Fat. Figures from across the Chinese film industry spoke out on Wednesday to mourn the passing of the media tycoon.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

CineAsia: 5 Things Not to Miss
Hong Kong, December 6th (Hollywood Reporter)
The Hong Kong-based exhibition convention offers regional players a glimpse at Hollywood blockbusters, cutting-edge technology (4D, anyone?) and the latest strategies for combating piracy.

The iconic Hong Kong skyline has become the shooting backdrop of choice for Hollywood tentpoles, including Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Michael Mann’s Cyber and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. From Dec. 10 to 12, exhibitors from throughout the region and top brass from the major studios will admire that cityscape from the annual CineAsia convention, a platform for theater owners and global film distribution executives to talk shop about the latest developments. The event offers a wealth of seminars, special presentations and screenings. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Business of Intellectual Property Asia Forum 2013
Hong Kong, November 13th (bipasiaforum)

The 2nd edition of the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Design Centre, came to a successful close on 7 December 2012. More than 1,400 intellectual property professionals and government officials from 23 countries and regions took part in the conference. The event attracted twice as many participants as attended last year’s inaugural forum. Nearly 40 prominent speakers participated in the event’s panel discussions and sessions, with topics ranging from trademarks and licensing to the latest software copyright trends, and IP in biotechnology and traditional Chinese medicine. 83% of respondents this year rated the conference as “Excellent” and “Good”. 98% of them indicated their keen interest to attend the next BIP Asia Forum, which will be held on 5-6 December 2013.

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Source: bipasiaforum

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