Middle earth - China's cultural industry podcast

Middle earth - China's cultural industry podcast

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Your source for insight into China’s culture industry: Listen to those creating and producing content in the world’s second-biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and co-produced by SupChina.


China’s board game industry
Oct 13 • 45 min
China’s card and board games market size was valued at $580 million in 2018, and is projected to reach $1.6 billion by 2025. Minlu Chen, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Gstone Games, Hao Zhang, founder of Labyrinth Culture, and Ired Zhu,…
#41 Light art in China
Sep 29 • 42 min
Leading the world in the LED market, it was only natural for China to join the fun of light art (also known as luminism) that is growing around the world. Joining Aladin Farré, art curator and co-founder of Kaleidoscale Marcom, Drue Chiam shares her…
#40 The ‘Mulan’ debacle
Sep 22 • 38 min
“If Mulan doesn’t work in China, we have a problem,” said Alan Horn, the co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios, to the Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately, the film had a lot of issues: inaccurate storytelling, cultural appropriation, and political scandals,…
#39 Star power in China
Aug 26 • 54 min
China’s entertainment industry has undergone staggering changes over the past two decades. The content, the ways it’s delivered, and even the stars themselves are taking shape in a manner that is unique to China and reflects a new type of user — one who…
#38 Beijing’s influence on Hollywood productions
Aug 19 • 59 min
Hollywood studios are increasingly wary of provoking China’s government by making films that contain “sensitive” content. Some films have even self-censored portions of their own films intended for the global market, in fear of retribution. On today’s…
#37 Mahua FunAge: Building a comedy empire
Jul 30 • 29 min
Founded in 2003, Mahua FunAge 开心麻花 is a cultural company that focuses on comedy content, including plays, musicals, children’s shows, improv, online TV series, and films. As of 2020, it has produced six successful feature films and 40 plays with the…
#36 Transforming a Chinese movie studio
Jul 7 • 45 min
Of the 3,000 film studios located in China, Xiangshan Global Studios in Ningbo is one of the most important. Felix Lou, vice managing director of its international development division, joins Aladin to discuss the origin of the studios, its business…
Building an online content platform in China
Jun 25 • 47 min
This episode features Raz Gal-Or, founder of the Foreigner Research Institute (wāigǔorén yánjiū xíehuì 歪果仁研究协会), a successful online platform that promotes foreigners creating content in China. Now known as Y-Platform, it has garnered a following of 80…
#35 Film score composition in China
Jun 17 • 36 min
As content and movie creation continues to surge inside China, the need for more film industry professionals is now more pressing than ever. One role that lies at the center of creativity and technicality lies the score composer - the individual…
#34 China’s sports industry
Jun 3 • 55 min
In 2014, the Chinese government released a policy document — now referred to as Number 46 — that outlined China’s plan to create the biggest sports industry in the world, with the target of $700 billion in annual revenue by 2025. This week, Aladin Farré…
#33 The Chinese entertainment companies of Wall Street
May 15 • 46 min
Once Chinese companies rise to the top of the domestic market, another challenge emerges: publicly listing on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges. Among the more recent listings, there is Bilibili and iQIYI for video, and Lizhi and Tencent Music for…
#32 Intellectual property protection in China’s entertainment industry
Apr 29 • 53 min
Intellectual property protection on copyrights is seen as being nearly nonexistent in China, but does that argument really hold water? What are the general positions of the Chinese government on international protection in the television and film…
#31 The visual effects industry in China
Apr 22 • 43 min
John Dietz of BangBang Pictures has worked on over 30 movies in China, ranging from blockbuster films to micro-budget independent projects. He has seen the domestic visual effects (VFX) industry grow tremendously since moving to China in 2009, and works…
#30 Connecting Chinese and European film producers
Mar 24 • 34 min
For years, Chinese producers only had eyes for the “Hollywood model.” That is, big-budget projects and, hopefully, even bigger returns. After volatile times for the Chinese film industry, and events like the Fan Bingbing tax evasion scandal, producers…
#29 Online KOL marketing in China
Mar 10 • 35 min
Key opinion leaders, or KOLs, have a strong connection to Chinese internet users and are now highly sought after to sell products to huge audiences on ecommerce websites and streaming platforms. Elijah Whaley, chief marketing officer at PARKLU, explains…
#28 The effects of the coronavirus on China’s entertainment industry
Feb 26 • 42 min
China’s culture and entertainment industry is bracing for serious challenges amid the COVID-19 epidemic. This particularly applies to the film and tourism sectors, which are facing significant headwinds. Yet while people remain quarantined at home,…
#27 Building Wanda Studios in Qingdao
Feb 11 • 42 min
Dalian Wanda Group, led by billionaire Wáng Jiànlín 王建林, invested heavily in China’s movie industry over the past decade. In 2014, at the cost of $8 billion, Wanda Studios Qingdao was founded. This move was aimed at establishing a dynamic supply chain…
#26 China’s soft power in Africa
Jan 21 • 60 min
How do the Chinese government and companies engage with the public in Africa? Nillah Nyakoa (journalist at China Radio International), Eric Olander (managing editor of The China Africa Project), and Maria Repnikova (assistant professor of global…
#25 How to publish a book in China
Jan 7 • 41 min
Professor Federico Castigliano is the author of Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris, which was published in English and Chinese by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2018. Federico talks to host Aladin Farré about the process of…
#24 Dealing with the diaspora: Catering to Chinese clients abroad
Dec 20, 2019 • 43 min
This week on Middle Earth, Aladin and his guests take a look at the film production industry in Europe. Li Boyan and William Wang, both industry professionals working and living in France, help provide some insight. They reflect on what they’ve…
#23 Running FIRST: The International Film Festival
Nov 26, 2019 • 43 min
Song Wen, founder of the FIRST International Film Festival, discusses the history of one of China’s most promising festivals for the visual arts. Once in danger of being shut down by the authorities in Beijing, the festival has found a new home in China’s…
#22 Screenwriting for Chinese audiences
Nov 5, 2019 • 62 min
A discussion among film and TV professionals on the screenwriting industry in China.
#21 The Truth About Truth Telling: Documentaries in China
Oct 15, 2019 • 38 min
Documentary filmmaking in China.
#20 Making a Metropolis: Contemporary Chinese Architecture and Urban Planning
Oct 1, 2019 • 55 min
Architects and urban planners in China discuss the challenges of the job in a rapidly urbanizing nation.
#19 From Broadway to Beijing: Western Theater in the Middle Kingdom
Sep 17, 2019 • 31 min
Lured by a potentially large and lucrative market, major theater productions are increasingly making the jump from the bright lights of Broadway or the West End to the less familiar but no less lively avenues by the Bund or the Second Ring Road.
#18 It Pays to Play: The Economy that Runs on Whimsy
Sep 3, 2019 • 53 min
Children’s entertainment is a growing industry in China, with many opportunities for flexible and innovative creators to create and market content.
#17 Artful Entrepreneurs: Running a Cultural Venue in Beijing
Aug 21, 2019 • 21 min
This week on the Middle Earth Podcast, Aladin sits down over a pint with Sun Yao (孙遥), the proprietor of his favorite local cultural venue-cum-cafe, to talk about the business end of the cultural industry in China.
#16 Metacast: A Podcast Episode about Podcasts
Jul 31, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, the Middle Earth Podcast invites podcast hosts to talk about their favorite subject: themselves. Podcasting is rapidly becoming the next boom industry in China, with approximately 80 million daily downloads of podcasts and a projected…
#15 Center stage in China: Live Performances Today
Jul 16, 2019 • 52 min
Live art is one of the few mediums that hasn’t been radically transformed by the digital age. No screen is yet able to capture the magic of in-person performance, be it a comedy show, theater, or even Peking opera. The live performance scene is…
#14 Art from the edges: LGBT and feminist contributions to contemporary Chinese art
Jul 8, 2019 • 56 min
Voices from China’s large but marginalized LGBTQ and feminist communities are increasingly making themselves heard in contemporary culture. In particular, artists and activists from these groups are creating content around the idea of “nontraditional…
#13 Crowded clubs and fancy festivals: The live music industry in China
Jun 18, 2019 • 40 min
Clubs and live performances featuring international music started taking off in China in the 1980s. Initially, the scene was very focused on foreign diplomats, journalists, and students who rented out restaurants and other spaces on the weekends.…
#12 Dealing with cultural differences in the workplace
Jun 4, 2019 • 51 min
#12 Dealing with cultural differences in the workplace The stark cultural differences between China and the West are frequently identified as key barriers in productive professional exchanges. However, the mechanisms by which people can actually improve…
#11 - China’s culture going global | 中国文化世界化
May 28, 2019 • 52 min
China has found success in exporting domestic technology and consumer goods. However, its culture exportation has not achieved the same success. The language barrier may be an issue, yet South Korean and Japanese films and music have managed to overcome…
#10 Ten years of selling science programming in China
May 22, 2019 • 18 min
Before the Beijing Olympics, foreign media groups seeking to sell or co-produce science-themed media content in China had a difficult time finding partners. Paul Lewis, an independent producer and former president of Discovery Channel Canada, was…
#09 China’s growing VR industry
May 7, 2019 • 47 min
Virtual reality (VR) is a new medium that many a technology guru has predicted will revolutionize cinema—or would, if it weren’t for the pesky problem (among others) that VR interface still requires the viewer to wear what essentially amounts to a “head…
#08 How to Make a Movie in 14 Days
Apr 23, 2019 • 45 min
Making a feature film can be a long and painful process — especially when you’re shooting an indie film in below-freezing conditions 16 hours per day for 14 days. But that is exactly what the creative team behind The Last Sunrise 最后的日出 was able to do, and…
#07 Modern-day Chinese fortune-telling
Apr 16, 2019 • 19 min
In case traveling to the nearest Chinese temple may be a bit inconvenient, modern-day Chinese astrologers still have you covered — inevitably, there’s an app for that! In this episode, astrologer Wen Jun explains how she works, the kinds of clients who…
#06 Comparing Chinese and Western documentaries
Apr 4, 2019 • 39 min
When prodded to think about documentaries at all, most people imagine features films that are shown in festivals and cinemas. What this picture misses is the fact that the majority of documentary filmmakers make their living producing documentaries for…
#05 Video Games with Chinese Characteristics
Mar 19, 2019 • 43 min
This edition of the Middle Earth podcast takes a look at China’s video-game industry — a hugely popular business in a nation where over half the population regularly plays. In 2015, the size of the video-game market in China officially surpassed that of…
#04 Movie co-production in China
Mar 12, 2019 • 45 min
Until the 1990s, Hollywood movies were making the vast majority of their revenue in English-speaking countries. Nowadays, these countries comprise only half the market. The main reason for the change is the appearance of new markets, including the most…
#03 Case Study: China’s soft power with Anthony Kuhn
Mar 5, 2019 • 15 min
Today, we are trying another format of the show, a “case study episode” where one guest will go over a specific project or a theme in China’s culture industry. And to kick off this new format, we start with Anthony Kuhn, who works at NPR.…
#02 How does China’s advertisement market work? (Part 2 of “China’s internet and creation”)
Feb 26, 2019 • 49 min
This episode is the second part of a two-part series about how the internet changed the way to consume and create content. Last time, the panel comprised people who earn a living by creating only on the Chinese internet, but today we meet the other side…
#01 How to be internet famous in China (Part 1 of “China’s internet and creation”)
Feb 15, 2019 • 46 min
China has only 55% internet penetration, but almost every person online is using a smartphone, therefore a lot of phone-optimized content (video, news, silly applications to make your selfies look beautiful) is created every day. As of this month of…