Global Showbiz Briefs: China, Canada

DreamWorks Animation Preps For Move Into China
DreamWorks Animation is planning to open a Shanghai operation to make films for China’s booming market, a recruitment firm told AFP today. The studio has hired RSR Partners to recruit a president for the planned venture, making it the latest in a line of Hollywood companies trying to crack the potentially huge market. The Kung Fu Panda movies were made with a Chinese audience in mind, and the second film in the franchise became the highest-grossing animated feature ever in the country when it was released this year, taking in $93M. DWA officials would not confirm the venture, but a letter from RSR to prospective hires seen by AFP said the company was looking to “establish a production and development presence in China.” Box office receipts rose 64% to $1.5B in China in 2010, making it the fastest-growing movie market. Earlier this month, Legendary Entertainment launched Legendary East in Hong Kong, where it will build a studio. Relativity Media unveiled a strategic partnership with China’s Huaxia Film Distribution and SkyLand Film-Television Culture Development that includes forming the first U.S.-China distribution company. Read More »

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ Franchise Lands Rare Online Distribution Deal In China

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 2:58pm PDT

DreamWorks Animation has agreed to a deal with leading Chinese Web TV company Youku.com that will see the studio’s Kung Fu Panda films debut on the site’s premium on-demand platform and then become available on its Hollywood Movie Channel after … Read More »

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DreamWorks Animation Unveils Release Dates Through 2014

DreamWorks Animation has announced its feature-film release slate through 2014, a list that begins with the sequel Kung Fu Panda 2, which is set for May 26. The rest of the schedule:

Nov. 4, 2011: Puss In Boots (Chris Miller director; Joe … Read More »

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‘How To Train Your Dragon’ To Spawn Animated Series On Cartoon Network

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As it readies the upcoming sequel to its CG-animated hit How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Animation has signed a deal with Cartoon Network for a How To Train Your Dragon weekly series, which will launch in both the U.S. and internationally in 2012. The original movie, an adventure-comedy about a young Viking and his unlikely friendship with a dragon was released in the spring and has grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office. Its sequel is also targeted for 2012. Read More »

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