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Monday, February 22, 2021

Hong Kong Film Business Reopens With a Surge After Lockdowns by Patrick Frater

Hong Kong’s film industry moved ahead on several fronts over the weekend after coronavirus-mandated lockdowns were reduced. But the return to business is likely to be uneven. Cinemas reope…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Hong Kong Disneyland to Reopen This Week by Patrick Frater

The Hong Kong Disneyland theme park will reopen on Friday (Feb. 19, 2021) after being closed due to a fourth wave of the coronavirus outbreak in the city. All visitors will have to provide t…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

K-Pop Game Launch Backed by BTS Agency Big Hit Entertainment by Patrick Frater

Korean pop music is becoming available in ever more formats. The latest is a mobile game “Rhythm Hive” which launched Thursday and features BTS and other K-pop acts from the Big Hit Ente…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

For Big Hit Entertainment Stock, BTS Is (Still) the Ticket by Patrick Frater

Despite disruptions to the music industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Big Hit Entertainment, the management company behind K-pop superstars BTS, had a booming 2020. Last year saw BTS…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Hong Kong Gives Cash to Shuttered Cinemas by Patrick Frater

Hong Kong is to provide cash subsidies to cinema operators as the city buckles under the pressure of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Cinemas were ordered to close in December, causin…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wanda Cinema Upgrading China Theaters with RealD Screen Order by Patrick Frater

Wanda Cinema Line has placed an order for 100 RealD Ultimate Screens from visual tech specialist RealD. For RealD the deal, announced at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong, is the largest …

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes by Patrick Frater

Breakout acting star Awkwafina was on hand Saturday in Honolulu to receive the Halekulani Maverick Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival. The actress, writer and rapper this year…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Tokyo Festival Seeks Asian Regional Role as it Opens With ‘A Star is Born’ by Patrick Frater

Though its opening film is high-profile Hollywood romance “A Star is Born,” the Tokyo International Film Festival is increasingly focusing its efforts on building bridges with Asia. Espe…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ to Open Tokyo Film Festival by Patrick Frater

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” will open the 31st edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film, which is Cooper’s directorial debut, had its premiere i…

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IMAX Strikes 14-Site Theater Deal With China Resources by Patrick Frater

Leading property developer China Resources has struck a deal to build 14 IMAX theaters in its new cinema chains. Theaters will be opened between over a period to 2021, with installations in …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Offline Movie Theater by Patrick Frater

Chinese video streaming giant, iQIYI has opened its first conventional movie theater in Zhongshan, southern China. The company aims to build a network of on-demand cinemas, at which viewers …

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan Jailed After 20-Year Legal Case by Patrick Frater

Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan was jailed on Thursday after being found guilty of poaching rare blackbuck antelopes. The case has been in and out of court for nearly 20 years. A court in J…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Disney to Launch ‘Aladdin’ Stage Musical in India by Patrick Frater

Disney will launch an Indian version of globally popular stage musical “Aladdin” at Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts in April. Leading Indian entertainment ticketing po…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Korean Stage Director Lee Yoon-taek Accused of Rape by Patrick Frater

Lee Yoon-taek, artistic director of Yeonheedan, one of South Korea’s top theater groups, has been accused of sexual violence, including rape. The case is the latest scandal as the #MeToo c…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Disney Cartoons Expand in China on Alibaba’s Youku Platform by Patrick Frater

Disney cartoon series are to be widely available in China following a deal between Buena Vista International and Youku, the video streaming platform owned by Alibaba. China strictly limits t…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Australian Star Craig McLachlan Accused of Sex Harassment (Report) by Patrick Frater

Leading Australian stage and TV actor, Craig McLachlan has been accused of sexual harassment ranging from indecent assault to bullying. The “Doctor Blake Mysteries,” “Neighbours,” an…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Disney Appoints Carol Choi as Korea GM by Patrick Frater

Carol Choi has been appointed as GM of the Walt Disney Company’s Korea office. She is also named as head of marketing in North Asia, covering Greater China, Korea, and Japan. Based in Seou…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Shanghai Disney’s Toy Story Land to Open in April by Patrick Frater

Shanghai Disney Resort says that Shanghai Disneyland’s seventh themed land, Disney Toy Story Land, will open in April next year. The new land is based on the Pixar “Toy Story” films. D…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tokyo Disney Resort Set for Major Expansion by Patrick Frater

Oriental Land, which operates the Tokyo Disney Resort complex that includes the Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks, has revealed plans for a massive expansion. Completion is expected in 20…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

India’s PVR Buys Stake in iPic U.S. Luxury Theater Chain by Patrick Frater

India’s largest cinema operator, PVR Limited is to buy a minority stake in iPic Gold Class Entertainment, the U.S. luxury theaters circuit. The deal was announced to the Bombay Stock Excha…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

China’s Bytedance Buying for $800 Million (Reports) by Patrick Frater

China’s giant digital content aggregator, Bytedance is poised to acquire U.S.-based social video app, according to reports. The deal, which is expected to be announced short…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Disney Promotes Abhishek Maheshwari as India Head by Patrick Frater

The Walt Disney Company has promoted Abhishek Maheshwari to the position of India country head. He will report to Mahesh Samat, who is recently installed as executive VP and managing directo…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Disney Splits Asia Regional Management in Two by Patrick Frater

Disney has given its operations in Asia a major revamp. At Walt Disney International it is merging its operations in Japan, South Korea and Greater China into a new regional hub covering Nor…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

AMC Theatres Denies Wanda Funding, Says All Acquisitions Completed by Patrick Frater

AMC Entertainment on Tuesday denied reports that funding from its Chinese owner, Dalian Wanda, was used for any of its recent acquisitions. The U.S. theater chain also said that all four of …

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Disney Puts on Spectacular Show in Shanghai to Celebrate Park’s First Anniversary by Patrick Frater

Disney put on a stunning “castle show” at Shanghai Disneyland on Friday, mixing pyrotechnics and panache to close out a landmark first year for its newest theme park. Bob Iger, Disney ch…

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Shanghai Disneyland Passes 11 Million Visitors in Its First Year by Patrick Frater

Shanghai Disneyland welcomed more than 11 million guests in its first year of operation, the company said Friday. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was on hand Friday in China to celebrate th…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

‘Okja’ Director Wants to See His Movie in Theaters – But Respects Netflix’s Decision by Patrick Frater

Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean director whose “Okja” stirred intense debate at Cannes because of Netflix’s release plans, sounded a diplomatic note Wednesday, saying that h…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Disney Strikes Chinese-Language Production Pact with Wudi Pictures by Patrick Frater

Taiwan’s Wudi Pictures has struck a multi-picture production deal with Walt Disney in China to produce locally targeted Chinese-language movies. The first title under the deal is “Miss T…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hong Kong Approves Funding for $1.4 Billion Disneyland Expansion by Patrick Frater

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has approved the government plans to co-finance the $1.4 billion (HK$10.9 billion) expansion of the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park. The expansion plan was …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Disney Content Moves in India ‘Misinterpreted’ Says Andy Bird by Patrick Frater

Disney is not abandoning local content production in India, despite a decision last year to close its Bollywood film making side. The country is often overshadowed by the growth of China, bu…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Disney Offers to Increase Share of Hong Kong Disneyland Expansion Cost by Patrick Frater

Walt Disney is expected to increase its share of the cost of expanding Hong Kong Disneyland and to end up owning a larger share of the theme park. In documents submitted this week to Hong Ko…

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