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Design firm sues Sony over copyright

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SHANGHAI Shuimu Animation Design Co has sued two companies, including Sony China, over intellectual property rights violation, in the country's first case where a Chinese company is taking a big-name rival to court. ...

Funds for JV to enter China's film sector

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HOLLYWOOD production house Legendary Entertainment and a Chinese studio have raised US$220.5 million for the joint venture they've set up aimed at China's increasingly lucrative film market. Legendary and Huayi...

Going global

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HOLLYWOOD studio Relativity Media yesterday said it is partnering with two companies to make Chinese films for global audiences and distribute movies in the fast growing Chinese market. The partnership teams Relativity...

US studios ready to stream shows online to China

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HOLLYWOOD studios are set to break into China's massive Internet market as domestic video sites scramble to screen United States movies and dramas on their digital platforms, a move which could also curb rampant piracy. ...

Surging ad sales helps Youku cut losses by 55% in Q2

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CHINA'S most popular online video website,, narrowed its losses in the second quarter with increased advertising sales. Net loss shrank 55 percent from the same period last year to US$4.4 million in the...

Firm renamed

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HONG Kong-listed Rojam Entertainment Holdings Ltd is to be renamed Asia Media Holdings Ltd and will expand on the Chinese mainland, the company announced in Shanghai yesterday. The decision was made after Hong...

Youku-Warner Bros

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CHINA'S largest online video site yesterday said it has teamed up with Warner Bros to offer as many as 450 films for users with a video-on-demand service. The three-year agreement will allow viewers...

PR Newswire CEO addresses Amcham members

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THE development of new technologies has enabled companies to shift their communications models to stay closer with consumers and decision makers in the market, said PR Newswire Chief Executive Officer Ninan Chacko...

Portal acquisition

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NASDAQ-LISTED video website operator Ku6 Media Co said it will acquire Hangzhou-based, a smaller Internet video platform, through an all-stock transaction. Ku6 will issue 2.2 billion ordinary shares to...

Convergence done

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SHANGHAI has completed the convergence of urban and rural TV networks and plans to have 6 million digital broadcasting network users by 2015, more than double that of the current level. The city yesterday unveiled...

New post puts son in front seat

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NEWS Corp has named James Murdoch, the son of Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, to the newly created post of deputy chief operating officer and chairman and CEO of international operations. It said on Wednesday...

Apple boss re-elected by Disney

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SHAREHOLDERS of The Walt Disney Co re-elected its entire board, including Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs, despite concerns over his health and his poor attendance at company board meetings. Proxy advisory firm Glass...

US paper limits free reading for web users

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THE New York Times will try to make it more difficult to use Internet search engines to avoid paying for frequent visits to the newspaper's website. The Times will limit web surfers arriving through major search...

NYT to charge for accessing articles on Net

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THE New York Times will start charging for full access to its articles on phones, tablet computers and the Internet, in a bold plan that risks alienating readers of its popular news website. Readers who do not...

Advertising company to go interactive

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OUTDOOR digital media company Focus Media said it may roll out interactive advertising facilities in the second half this year to provide a more diverse advertising package and reach a wider range of viewers. Its...

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