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June 13, 1999 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Middle Kingdom or Magic Kingdom? The news that Walt Disney Co. might turn a secluded bay on a Hong Kong island into its newest theme park has triggered some soul-searching over whether Mickey Mouse and friends are the right torchbearers for a former British territory still struggling to redefine itself two years after its return to mainland China's control.
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June 13, 1999 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Middle Kingdom or Magic Kingdom? The news that Walt Disney Co. might turn a secluded bay on a Hong Kong island into its newest theme park has triggered some soul-searching over whether Mickey Mouse and friends are the right torchbearers for a former British territory still struggling to redefine itself two years after its return to mainland China's control.
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BUSINESS
August 4, 2005 | From Reuters
China will forbid any new foreign-owned TV channels from entering the country, according to an official report, expanding an industry clampdown and placing plans by Walt Disney Co. and Viacom Inc. on hold. Analysts said the curb could be a reaction to the accelerating expansion of foreign participation in local media, in a country where the media is traditionally more a propaganda tool than a form of entertainment.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firm Joins Race for Asia's Cable TV Viewers: Po Hsin Entertainment Inc. announced it will launch Taiwan's first cable channel aimed at the growing television audience in the region. Po Hsin, 45% owned by Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party, hopes to begin broadcasting Chinese-language news and entertainment throughout China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia in October on the Apstar-1 satellite, scheduled to be launched this summer. APT Satellite Co.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
Live entertainment producer Clear Channel Entertainment said Monday that it had entered into a joint venture with the Chinese government designed to export concerts and sporting events from the West to China. The new company, dubbed Gehua Clear Channel Entertainment & Sports Co., will have a 50-year right of first refusal on arranging and promoting live shows and managing various aspects of the business, including artists, ticketing and tour merchandising, the company said.
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June 13, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
* Foreign: Hoping to develop the Chinese market for motion pictures, video and TV, Sony Pictures Entertainment is establishing an office in Beijing. Mishka Chen, who was recently named general manger of Sony Pictures Entertainment in China, was named to run the office. Sony's decision is part of a growing movement by Hollywood studios to develop the Chinese market.
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January 26, 2006 | From Associated Press
The Chinese government hasn't approved the release of "Memoirs of a Geisha" two weeks before its planned debut there, a movie executive said Wednesday. The film's possible delay comes amid speculation that Chinese officials are worried that the sight of ethnic Chinese actresses portraying Japanese geishas may spark a public backlash. Many people in mainland China are still upset over Japan's World War II-era military atrocities.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Chmielewski is a Times staff writer.
In an attempt to make headway against rampant film piracy, Warner Bros. will distribute newly released films online in China. The studio struck a deal with Union Voole Technology in China to offer new movies, as well as those that have never been seen in Chinese theaters, at rental prices ranging from 60 cents to $1. The inexpensive video-on-demand service seeks to entice China's estimated 253 million Internet users to pay for Hollywood fare rather than download illicit copies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Further deepening ties between Hollywood and China, Legendary Entertainment's Chinese film venture has signed a multiyear agreement to co-produce movies with China's largest film distributor. This agreement with Legendary East marks the first time China Film Co. Ltd. has signed a long-term production deal with a Chinese or international partner. Formed in 2011, Legendary East is a spinoff of Legendary Pictures, the Burbank-based film finance and production company behind the "Dark Knight Rises" and "Hangover" movies, and the upcoming "Man of Steel.
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