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Chinese Documentary Smashes Crowd-funding Record. Takeaway #1 from Science Producers’ Congress

…f Kickstarter crowd-funding strategies in the US: Plimpton! An Honest Liar China Heavyweight Director Yung Chang’s China Heavyweight opens today (December 19) in select cinemas across China. Our friend Peter Wintonik first championed this absorbing story. Peter passed away recently. He had such a great eye for film, and tremendous energy to bring great projects to life. The blast about China Heavyweight was a reminder of how much he will be missed…

China’s Documentary Channel Financial Problems: More Context

…o be his vendors, partners and consultants. Welcome to a Developing Market China is not an ideal broadcasting system: But it may be good enough if the value chain is transparent. Although my own experience in China since the ‘Nineties has been that there are layers of intermediaries between the program supplier and the network buyer, and that many of these characters are creepy. But remember: sponsorship was the model on which the emerging US tele…

Success Frameworks for China’s Factual Market: # 1, The Four Primary Filters for a Reality TV Concept

…mats as ‘cultural pollution’. There is a top-down mandate from the CCP for China to become a leader in the documentary niche. International Impact We have been reporting that China’s doc sector has already gone global: Blue Chip co-productions are underway with the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery and others. CCTV totally dominated the vibe at this year’s MIPDoc. CCTV Documentary Channel is widely distributed outside China. And Chinese-speaking executives…

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An Expert Challenges The “China’s Booming Middle Class” Theory

…growing Chinese middle class and, come to think of it, about SVOD here in China. Where to start? First, let’s talk about the middle class television audience. Let me put it kindly: China’s middle class wouldn’t know a good program if it bit them. The PRC’s education system and the Chinese media are structured in a way that the viewer lacks the critical facilities to recognize good programming. Specifically, they, like the broadcasters, are “risk…

Takeaways from the Cannes Market: MIPCOM 2012 (#1)

…ommitment to docs as an alternative to ‘trashy’ reality TV. Yves says that China’s documentary sector is evolving rapidly, changing quarter by quarter. CICC continues to back major China-themed co-productions. Recent notable shifts: More nonfiction channels and blocks An emerging factual syndication market, And funding by regional and even municipal government authorities. Corporate sponsorship is a proven path for individual productions and progr…

CNEX: Takeaways from the Chinese Doc Forum, Taipei (CCDF-5)

…s. An important pitching opportunity at the Asian Side Of the Doc (ASD) in China (plus travel and accommodation), was won by Wish Tree, with the German coproduction On The Bridge of Life and Death and China’s Mr. Hype gaining the other two ASD awards. My Dear Lines has been invited to pitch in Korea at Docs Port Inchon and in Guangzhou at GZDOC. Bursaries Two CNEX-WCSFP Bursaries were granted to A Peking Opera Master in New York, a China-USA colla…

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Sunnyside of the Doc Takeaways: #1 The ‘Non Anglo-Saxons’ Lead the Way

…back! Here are several other findings from my conversations and meetings. China’s Beachhead China is in the hunt for international partners in Unscripted content, as we have frequently covered here. But Chinese buyers and their funders hadn’t found a market to serve as their beachhead for global business development. They didn’t warm to the ‘take it or leave it’ vibe of some industry events in the UK and North America. And giant content markets l…

MIPCOM 2013 Takeaways: Cracking the Cannes Market #1

…hlights from several conversations with MIPCOM delegates who are active in China: China’s huge delegation at MIPCOM is no longer a talking point, but a regular fixture in the global video ecosystem. The nonfiction sector continues to grow, driven by China’s scale, expanding wealth, and deep cultural respect for content-rich programming. China’s governing Communist Party promotes docs as an alternative to ‘trashy’ reality TV. CCTV10, the Science &…

CCTV9-China Doc Channel Exec Arrest. My Takeaways: ‘Flies’ vs ‘Tigers’ or ‘Elephants vs the Grass’

…s usual. More Reading: Fact + Fiction Click here for more of my writing on China’s expanding documentary/nonfiction market. Particularly, do not miss my article in the April Documentary magazine from the IDA: China’s Doc Boom: Beijing Rejects Reality TV in Favor of Classic Documentaries. What’s the Deal? For a fictional account of these intra-party battles, I highly recommend Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (Soho Press). It’s a great read….

MIPDOC Case Study – TIME: A JOURNEY THROUGH THOUSANDS OF YEARS, a €1.2Mn China-Germany Copro

…along with the responsibility of distribution of the Waterbear Network in China. Jia studied life sciences in China, Japan, and the Netherlands, as well as visual arts at the Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam. Alongside her work with Off the Fence, Jia is also a critically acclaimed producer and the founder of MUYI FILM and SILK ROAD FILM SALON, where she works with European and Asian producers/directors and focuses on film productions with intercu…