Category Archives: media

Distribution: key for the entertainment industry – Jeffrey Towson

Tencent, Alibaba and Wanda are trying to gain dominance in the entertainment sector. Getting hold of the distribution is one of the key points the winner needs to get right, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog.

Internet: China’s only public sphere – Kaiser Kuo

The internet in China has become the country’s public sphere, says China watcher Kaiser Kuo, former Baidu communication director, at the Paulson Institute. Despite blocked websites and government control, it is the place where netizens express their opinions and discuss.

Ian Johnson wins Shorenstein Journalism Award

Veteran China foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Price winner Ian Johnson has won the prestigious Shorenstein Journalism Award for 2016, the organization announced. Ian Johnson is currently working for the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. In a few weeks time his book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao will be available.

Is there room for paid internet platforms? – Andy Mok

More Chinese internet users are looking for good answers and are willing to pay for it. Paid Q&A apps emerge in China and business consulent Andy Mok discusses at CGTN America their business models and their chances to succeed.

Kaiser Kuo to visit China in February, March

Sino-American China veteran and rock star Kaiser Kuo will return to China in February and March 2017 for several visits. It will be the first time for him to visit after he left his job as communication director at internet giant Baidu earlier this year. He will visit Shanghai for a speech in the third week of March 2017.

How China overtakes Hollywood – Jeffrey Towson

Ten years ago it seemed an unlikely scenario: Chinese film makers overtaking the Hollywood moguls. But times are changing, writes Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson, co-author of The One Hour China Book in LA Times. Both numbers of movies and their quality have reached amazing heights.

State propaganda in overdrive after Trump election – Zhang Lijia

China┬┤s state media have gone in overdrive pointing out, what they call, the decline of US democracy, Zhang Lijia, author of Socialism Is Great!: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China tells at CNN. “They have gone into an overdrive,” she tells, although the official reactions have remained polite, naming this a win-win situation. Hillary Clinton, much more than Donald Trump, was seen as a potential anti-China force in the US.

China in Hollywood: more than money – Jeffrey Towson

It is not only money from China, flooding to Hollywood that makes an impact. Thousands of creative Chinese are getting chances in the international movie world that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago, explains Peking business professor Jeffrey Towson in the Nikkei Asian Review.

Linking to firewalled content – or not? Poll

Should we link to firewalled content or not, we asked earlier in the week. At the China Speakers Bureau we have a policy of not linking to content behind any kind of firewall, financial or otherwise, because that would create a barrier for our readers and potential client. But from the reactions we learned tot not all support that policy. It does mean we miss out good content, for example from the Financial Times, and a part of the Wall Street Journal. But many more media try to survive by – what we see as outdated – subscription models to support journalism.

To link or not to link to firewalled content

At the China Speakers Bureau we have a firm policy of not linking to firewalled content. Our main purpose is to promote our speakers, and we do not expect potential clients are going to struggle through a firewall of any kind to read the content of our speakers, not matter how great it is.
Since we want to offer a one-click experience, we avoid not only financial firewalls, but also any kind of registration or – a trend over the past six months – websites that ban adblockers. For the same reason we do not expect readers to learn Vietnamese or Dutch, or even use the still poorly working translation tools to anything but English.
Since we want to offer a one-click experience, we avoid not only financial firewalls, but also any kind of registration or – a trend of the past six months – websites that ban adblockers. For the same reason we do not expect readers to learn Vietnamese or Dutch, or even use the still poorly working translation tools to anything but English.