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Music industry allies against Baidu

Music industry groups have called the popular Chinese search engine Baidu “the largest and most incorrigible purveyor of pirated music in China.” Other organizations backing the initiative include the China Audio-Video Copyright Assn. and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, along with local and international record labels including EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music, Sony …

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China’s Tudou scores $57 mil in financing

China’s top video-sharing site,  Tudou.com, announced $57 million in new financing Monday, confirming rumors previously circulating online. Investors include IDG, Granite Global Ventures and General Catalyst, all of which have invested in the company before. Previous funding rounds raised $500,000, $8.5 million, and $19 million, respectively. The new investment totals $85 million, the company said, …

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Journalism vs. PR

Just came back from a nice lunch at KABB, in Shanghai’s people-watching mecca Xintiandi. Hose Mitamura (author of China s Environment 2008, available from Amazon) and I discussed the differences between journalism and PR. As my staff constantly reminds me, I tend to believe passionately in whatever I heard most recently. In my case, this …

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Olympics: China’s local media producers

Whatever you think of mixing international sports with China’s politics, the Beijing Olympic Games could prove a 17-day coming out party for the country’s media and entertainment industry. Local production companies are furiously readying to capitalize if a boom materializes. The Games, which begin 100 days from Wednesday, are expected to draw 5 million visitors …

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Beijing Olympics, a boom or bust for China-based producers?

Whatever you think of mixing international sports with China’s politics, the Beijing Olympic Games could prove a 17-day coming out party for the country’s media and entertainment industry. Local production companies are furiously readying to capitalize if a boom materializes. The Games, which begin 100 days from Wednesday, are expected to draw 5 million visitors …

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Olympian heavy lifting awaits Chinese media

Whatever you think of mixing international sports with China’s politics, the Beijing Olympic Games could prove a 17-day coming out party for the country’s media and entertainment industry. Local production companies are furiously readying to capitalize if a boom materializes. The Games, which begin 100 days from Wednesday, are expected to draw 5 million visitors …

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