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Steve Chung, Fox and CJ ENM Alumnus, Joins Azuki Anime Platform (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - China - Japan - North Korea - San Francisco - city Shanghai
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20.06.2024 / 17:13

Steve Chung, Fox and CJ ENM Alumnus, Joins Azuki Anime Platform (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Steve W. Chung, a former executive at Fox and Korea’s CJ ENM, has been appointed as the inaugural COO of Azuki, an anime community platform and digital art collection.

Canal+ Increases Stake in Viu, Eyes Majority Ownership of Asian Streamer – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - France - Los Angeles - China - Iran
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20.06.2024 / 09:37

Canal+ Increases Stake in Viu, Eyes Majority Ownership of Asian Streamer – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief France’s Canal+ Group has increased its stake in multi-territory Asian video streamer Viu to 36.8%. It says that the move is in accordance with the terms of the strategic partnership with Viu owner PCCW Group announced a year ago and follows the satisfaction of key business milestones.

Shanghai Buyers Get First Taste of ‘Coolie,’ Arvin Chen’s Cuba-Set Chinese Diaspora Series - variety.com - China - Cuba - Dominican Republic - Hong Kong - Panama - city Shanghai - Singapore - county Love
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20.06.2024 / 02:05

Shanghai Buyers Get First Taste of ‘Coolie,’ Arvin Chen’s Cuba-Set Chinese Diaspora Series

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Chinese industry executives will get a first taste of “Coolie,” a big-budget historical miniseries that focuses on the enslaved Chinese workers in Cuba in the 1860s. MM2 Entertainment is handling China rights to the production on behalf of I.E. Entertainment.

Stirring Thai Film ‘How To Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’ Has Won Over Both The Southeast Asian Box Office & The TikTok Generation - deadline.com - China - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore
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19.06.2024 / 13:47

Stirring Thai Film ‘How To Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’ Has Won Over Both The Southeast Asian Box Office & The TikTok Generation

Welcome to Global Breakouts, Deadline’s fortnightly strand in which we shine a spotlight on the TV shows and films killing it in their local territories. The industry is as globalized as it’s ever been, but breakout hits are appearing in pockets of the world all the time and it can be hard to keep track. So we’re going to do the hard work for you.

Shanghai Film Festival: Malaysian Animation ‘Extinction’ Inks First Rights Deals (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Los Angeles - China - Turkey - Malaysia - city Shanghai - Israel - city Hong Kong
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19.06.2024 / 13:01

Shanghai Film Festival: Malaysian Animation ‘Extinction’ Inks First Rights Deals (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Extinction,” the Malaysian-produced animation that is playing at the Shanghai International Film Festival, has struck its first international rights sales deals. The film was recently picked up by All Rights Entertainment, the Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based sales agency. All Rights has subsequently licensed the title to Magic Film for the CIS region, to Dazzler Media for the U.K., to Red Cape Distribution for Israel and to Bir Film for Turkey.

Shanghai: Wanda Film Strikes Huge Cinema Renewal Deal With Imax - variety.com - China - city Chinatown - city Shanghai - city Beijing - city Guangzhou
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19.06.2024 / 02:57

Shanghai: Wanda Film Strikes Huge Cinema Renewal Deal With Imax

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Wanda Film, China’s largest cinema operator, has expanded its business relationship with Imax Corp. in a huge deal that straddles technology and content. With 381 Imax installations, Wanda alone operates more Imax venues than most countries.

‘Inside Out 2’ Makes Powerful U.K., Ireland Debut With 71% of Box Office - variety.com - Los Angeles - Ireland
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19.06.2024 / 02:57

‘Inside Out 2’ Makes Powerful U.K., Ireland Debut With 71% of Box Office

Naman Ramachandran Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” made a huge debut in the U.K. and Ireland with £11.3 million ($14.3 million), according to numbers from Comscore. In doing so, the anticipated sequel captured 71% of the box office and delivered the biggest box office opening since “Barbie.” In its second weekend, Sony’s “Bad Boys: Ride Or Die” dropped down to second place with £1.8 million and now has a running total of £7.1 million.

‘The Substance’ Among 16 Cannes Titles Selected for New Zealand Film Festival – Global Bulletin - variety.com - New Zealand - China - India - Vietnam
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18.06.2024 / 12:11

‘The Substance’ Among 16 Cannes Titles Selected for New Zealand Film Festival – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Coralie Fargeat’s Demi Moore-starring feminist body horror film “The Substance” has been set as the closing night title for the New Zealand International Film Festival. The picture is one of 16 which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month selected for the NZIFF which is now under the artistic leadership of Paolo Bertolin.

Zhang Yimou to Direct ‘Three-Body Problem’ Movie - variety.com - China - city Shanghai
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17.06.2024 / 09:53

Zhang Yimou to Direct ‘Three-Body Problem’ Movie

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Zhang Yimou, director of many of China’s most spectacular and successful movies, is to try his hand at sci-fi. He will direct a film adaptation of “The Three-Body Problem.” The project was announced Sunday by Wang Changtian, founder and CEO of Enlight Media, one of China’s top three studios, at a forum organized within the Shanghai International Film Festival. Wang said that Zhang is in the early stages of preparations for the film.

China Box Office: ‘Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle’ Notches Another Chinese Win for Japanese Animation - variety.com - China - Japan
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17.06.2024 / 05:05

China Box Office: ‘Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle’ Notches Another Chinese Win for Japanese Animation

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Japanese animation film “Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle” took a clear lead at the mainland China weekend box office – despite only being available for two of three days. Data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway showed the film scoring $9.8 million (RMB69.4 million) in China, more than double that of second placed film “Be My Friend.” The win came despite “Haikyu!!” only being released on Saturday and measuring up against other tiles available throughout the whole of the Friday-Sunday period. “Haikyu!!” is the third Japanese film so far this year to lead the mainland Chinese box office, following “The Boy and the Heron” and “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Earth Symphony.” It was produced by Production IG, Toho Animation and Sony Music Entertainment Japan and released by Crunchyroll in multiple territories.

‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ to Incur Only ‘Minimal Cuts’ Ahead of Confirmed China Theatrical Release - variety.com - China - USA
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17.06.2024 / 04:01

‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ to Incur Only ‘Minimal Cuts’ Ahead of Confirmed China Theatrical Release

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Deadpool & Wolverine” will enjoy a release in mainland Chinese cinemas on July 26, simultaneous with its North American outing. And, despite hailing from what is arguably Marvel’s most adult franchise, the film will incur only “minimal cuts” for its China release. All foreign films entering China require permission to be imported, to clear censorship and must be allocated a release date by local authorities.

‘Inside Out 2’ Box Office: All the Records Seen, Felt and Heard on Opening Weekend - variety.com - Britain - Spain - France - China - Mexico - Italy - Germany - Japan - Philippines
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16.06.2024 / 17:39

‘Inside Out 2’ Box Office: All the Records Seen, Felt and Heard on Opening Weekend

Rebecca Rubin Senior Film and Media Reporter Anxiety to the rescue! Disney and Pixar‘s “Inside Out 2,” an animated adventure that spotlights apprehension among other emotions, scored the biggest box office debut of the year with $155 million domestically and $295 million globally. It’s a huge win for theaters (ticket sales have been lagging way behind 2023) and Pixar (which has struggled to restore its box office touch since COVID). Those results far exceeded expectations and notched several opening weekend records in the process.

Parallax Set Sales Slate for Shanghai Film Festival Pair - variety.com - China - Japan - city Shanghai
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15.06.2024 / 15:17

Parallax Set Sales Slate for Shanghai Film Festival Pair

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Parallax China, one of China’s leading independent film sales companies, has picked up rights to a pair of titles that debut this week at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It is handling world sales on “Qian Tang River,” directed by Wan Bo, and “Another Day of Hope,” by Liu Taifeng. Both are directorial debuts and both appear in the non-competitive Refreshing Chinese Cinema section.

Shanghai Film Festival Jury Weighs in on Unique Process of Moviemaking: ‘Each Film Is a Rejection of the Previous One’ - variety.com - Australia - France - China - Germany - Argentina - Vietnam - city Santiago - Hong Kong - city Shanghai
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15.06.2024 / 07:17

Shanghai Film Festival Jury Weighs in on Unique Process of Moviemaking: ‘Each Film Is a Rejection of the Previous One’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Along with a red-carpet opening ceremony, a press conference with the members of the main competition jury is a staple event of major film festivals and the 26th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival kicked off in traditional form on Friday. Along with Vietnam-French director Tran Anh Hung, previously revealed as jury president, the other members of the decisive committee this year are: Australian director and screenwriter Rolf de Heer; German director Matthias Glasner; Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka Fai; Argentinian director Santiago Mitre; Chinese director Sonthar Gyal; and, the jury’s only woman, star actor Zhou Xun. A packed audience lobbed familiar questions about the criteria they jurors would employ to decide the Golden Goblet prize winners, and what informs those views.

Annecy: Thailand-China Animation ‘Out of the Nest’ Picked Up by All Rights Entertainment - variety.com - Los Angeles - China - Thailand - city Hong Kong
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14.06.2024 / 13:53

Annecy: Thailand-China Animation ‘Out of the Nest’ Picked Up by All Rights Entertainment

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief All Rights Entertainment, the Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based international film agency has picked up international sales duties on animated children and family feature “Out of the Nest.” The film had its world premiere this week at the Annecy International Animation Festival. In the Kingdom of Castilia, days from the coronation of the new Emperor and Empress, their seven royal fledglings are taken and it’s up to one hero to return them safely; a teenage delivery boy, Arthur the Goat. His dreams of becoming a world-class barber are put on hold when he becomes the unwitting guardian of the royal heirs.

‘Bad Boys’ Rides to Top of U.K., Ireland Box Office - variety.com - Ireland - Berlin
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11.06.2024 / 14:43

‘Bad Boys’ Rides to Top of U.K., Ireland Box Office

Naman Ramachandran Sony’s “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” debuted atop the U.K. and Ireland box office with £3.8 million ($4.9 million), according to numbers from Comscore. In second place, in its fourth weekend, Paramount’s “IF” collected £866,474 for a running total of £10.8 million.

Why Are Japanese Anime Films Enjoying Outsized Success in China? The Answer Is a Combination of Culture, Politics and the Past - variety.com - France - China - India - Thailand - Japan
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11.06.2024 / 12:57

Why Are Japanese Anime Films Enjoying Outsized Success in China? The Answer Is a Combination of Culture, Politics and the Past

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Reminiscent of the outsized Chinese box office success once enjoyed by a certain genre of Hollywood movie – think “Expendables 3,” Pacific Rim” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” – some Japanese anime films are now earning more in China than they are in their native Japan. Last year, “Suzume” (pictured above) earned $117 million in China, coming in ahead of the film’s $104 million total in Japan.

‘Sky Castle,’ Korean High Society Drama Hit, to Be Remade in Japan - variety.com - China - Japan - North Korea - county Patrick
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11.06.2024 / 07:29

‘Sky Castle,’ Korean High Society Drama Hit, to Be Remade in Japan

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Sky Castle,” one of the most iconic Korean TV drama series of recent years, is to be remade by TV Asahi in Japan. The move follows the signing of a cooperation agreement between Korean content powerhouse SLL (previously known as JTBC Studios) and TV Asahi just last month. The two companies say that the Japanese retread is already filming and will begin to air from July.

Korea Box Office: AI Fantasy ‘Wonderland’ Takes Weekend Win as ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Stalls on First Lap - variety.com - China - South Korea - North Korea
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10.06.2024 / 02:35

Korea Box Office: AI Fantasy ‘Wonderland’ Takes Weekend Win as ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Stalls on First Lap

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” a hit in multiple other markets worldwide, crashed on its first lap at the South Korean box office. It failed to make even $1 million in on its opening weekend. Instead, “Wonderland,” a sci-fi fantasy about Artificial Intelligence, took the top spot over the weekend.

‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ Speeds To $105M Global Opening; ‘Garfield’ Nears $200M WW – International Box Office - deadline.com - Britain - France - China - Mexico - Italy - Germany - Japan - Saudi Arabia - Indiana - city Riyadh
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09.06.2024 / 16:45

‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ Speeds To $105M Global Opening; ‘Garfield’ Nears $200M WW – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Sony’s Bad Boys: Ride or Die pummeled pre-weekend opening projections, coming in with a $104.6M global bow, including $48.6M from the international box office. While the overseas debut is slightly off 2020’s Bad Boys for Life which did $50.3M in like-for-like offshore markets at today’s exchange rates, that film had strong legs. Either way, Ride or Die‘s start gave some much needed oomph to summer turnstiles. Its launch is 58% bigger than Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

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