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The Journey of Chinese Film and TV Content in the Global Entertainment Arena



Domestic Box Office Triumphs and Global Appeal Challenges


The Chinese film and TV market stand as a powerhouse, set to escalate from $32 billion in 2021 to a projected $50 billion by 2024, cementing its position as the world's second-largest film and tv market.


Amidst this success, films like "Wolf Warrior 2" have etched their names among the top-grossing movies globally, joining the ranks of cinematic behemoths like the Star Wars and Marvel franchises. “Wolf Warrior 2” has garnered over $870 million in revenue so far, an astonishing achievement, isn’t it? However, an overwhelming 98% of this revenue came from mainland China and only about 2% from rest of the world.


Chinese film and TV content often grapples with cultural nuances that may not easily translate to international audiences. Stories, themes, and humor deeply rooted in Chinese culture and history sometimes struggle to resonate with viewers from diverse cultural backgrounds. This has posed a challenge for Chinese content to gain substantial traction in the global entertainment market, despite its popularity domestically.




 

Rising Against Odds: Chinese TV Content's International Momentum Amidst Competition


Despite inherent challenges, Chinese TV content is defying cultural barriers, gaining traction far beyond its borders in recent years. This content has found growing popularity in neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea and Japan, where Japan alone recorded $8.81 million in revenue from exported Chinese productions.


Beyond Asia, regions such as the Middle East, The United States, and Africa are also showing increased interest in Chinese TV content. According to Chinese-based streaming platform iQiyi, its global service became profitable for the first time in 12 years, Chinese drama grew 43% globally and 57% in the US. Notably, audiences in developing nations lean towards Chinese dramas that explore societal challenges, particularly narratives cantered around poverty and other modern social issues.



 

Chinese TV Content's Global Recognition and Collaborative Ventures at International Media Markets


Chinese TV content has garnered significant attention from some of the world's most prominent television markets. In a pivotal moment at MIP Cannes 2023, China was announced to be a Country of Honour, placing Chinese-produced films and series at the forefront of interest among over 11,000 television industry professionals worldwide.


MIP Cannes being one of the biggest media and entertainment events, it can serve as a remarkable platform for Chinese content to foster collaborations with global media and entertainment entities. The designation of China as a Country of Honour provided an unprecedented opportunity for Chinese TV content to explore partnerships, co-productions, and distribution deals with international stakeholders in the industry, including OTT platforms, telecoms, production houses, film funding companies, and other key players, paving the way for mutual growth and global expansion.



Capitalizing on Global Chinese Diaspora Demand: Opportunity for VOD Platforms


China stands as one of the world's largest nationalities and migration countries, and it's crucial to recognize that China boasts a vast global diaspora, with over 50 million Chinese individuals dispersed across regions like APAC, North America, Oceania, and Europe.


This sizable community has created a great demand for Chinese entertainment that reflects their cultural heritage and resonates with their experiences. VOD platforms serve as a pivotal bridge, offering an avenue to cater to these immigrant communities' entertainment needs. By providing diverse language options, subtitles, and a curated selection of Chinese content, these platforms play an essential role in fulfilling the cravings for homegrown entertainment.



Charting the Global Course for Chinese-produced TV Content


The trajectory of Chinese film and TV content indicates its readiness for global expansion, yet the ongoing challenge lies in navigating cultural nuances and preferences. Collaborations with industry stakeholders worldwide, receptive global audiences, and tailoring content to viewers in diverse cultures play instrumental roles in propelling Chinese content onto the global stage. As this industry evolves, the journey toward widespread international acclaim shows promise, recognizing that perseverance and strategic collaborations will pave the way for its enduring success in the global entertainment arena.


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