Sangjoon Lee on the Chinese film market and Hollywood

Please join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar:

The Chinese Film Market and Hollywood, Or, How China is Remaking the Global Film Industry

Thursday 29 March, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL

Nobody can deny how significant the Chinese film market is in the global film industries today. Most industry experts and market analysts now safely predict that the size of the Chinese film market will surpass North America in 2019. Moreover, high-quality Asian local products, particularly powerful regional filmmaking forces like South Korea, India, and rapidly emerging industries in Southeast Asia, flowed outward to global film markets to connect with international audiences in commercial cinemas, art theatres, at major international film festivals and through digital platforms. Chinese media conglomerates have been recruiting regional talents, particularly technicians, performers, and creative personnel, and buying out film and media companies, theatres, and TV stations in the region and beyond. The global film industry is indeed experiencing a time of great transformation, spearheaded by the rapid development of Chinese cinema. By focusing on the Chinese film industry’s dynamic coproduction practices with Hollywood, this presentation will examine this unprecedented phenomenon in the new millennium by considering a number of critical issues, including questions of ownership and control, global/regional dimensions of the Chinese film industry, transnational division of creative workers, the national versus the transnational, and the unprecedented cultural flows and mixes in cinema around Asia, Hollywood, and the globe.

Sangjoon Lee is Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is currently editing two special issues on the Chinese film market for Screen and The Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

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