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China’s Streaming Giants Seek South East Asia Expansion

Chinese video streaming giant iQIYI is looking to expand its service across 10 countries within South East Asia. The move would be the NASDAQ-listed company’s first venture beyond Greater China. The move was disclosed on Wednesday by Yang Xianghua, president of membership & overseas business group, iQIYI, as part of a presentation at the APOS […]
Tags: Asia, Global, News, iQiyi, Tencent Video, Thailand, Vietnam


APOS: HBO Go to Launch in Malaysia

HBO Asia is to launch its, HBO GO in Malaysia from next month. The South East Asian country will be the fifth to receive the streaming service, following Hong Kong, Indonesia, The Philippines and Singapore Within Malaysia, the company is launching the service exclusively with Astro, HBO’s existing partner for subscription video. It will be […]
Tags: Asia, Global, News, Astro, Hbo Go, Malaysia


‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Set for June 6 China Release

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will officially swoop into Chinese theaters June 6, a day before its U.S. release, 20th Century Fox said Thursday. The studio had put out a trailer last fall that touted a Feb. 14 release date for the new X-Men installment, but said a day later that the premiere had been pushed back […]
Tags: Asia, Global, News, Dark Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men


Spotify Sued by India’s Oldest Label, Will Remove Catalog From Platform

Just weeks after Spotify launched in India without securing rights from Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, it is being sued by the country’s oldest record label, Saregama, and will remove that company’s 120,000-song catalog from its platform within 10 days, according to reports in Inc42 and Music Business Worldwide. The streaming giant had approached the label for […]
Tags: Asia, Spotify, News, India, Saregama, Warner Chappell Music Publishing


Sri Lanka attack victims: IT director from Manchester killed in hotel bomb blast

An IT director from Manchester has been named among the 310 people killed in the Sri Lanka attacks. Lorraine Campbell, 55, was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo when it was targeted by suicide bombers during a series of co-ordinated attacks on Easter Sunday.  Ms Campbell was in Sri Lanka on a business trip and was living in Dubai at the time of her death. She is the eighth British victim to have been named following the atrocities. Neil Evans and Lorraine Campbell share a toast on a...


APOS: BBC’s ‘Great Bake Off’ to be Reheated in Thailand

BBC Studios Distribution has sold the Love Productions format “The Great Bake Off” for production in Thailand. It is the cooking competition show’s first localized version in Asia. “Bake Off Thailand” will be produced by APJ&CO, a local production house known for producing the recent seasons of “The Voice Thailand.” Over eight weeks, 12 of the country’s […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Bbc, Thailand, The Great British Bake Off, Bbc Studios, BBC Studios Distribution, APJ CO, Voice Thailand


‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

“Avengers: Endgame” is breaking records in China, raking in more than $100 million by evening of its opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom. About 9 p.m. local time in China, the Marvel finale […]
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, China, Marvel, Disney, Global, Box Office, Avengers: Infinity War, Middle Kingdom, Avengers: Endgame


‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $90 Million in China by Late Afternoon of Opening Day

“Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking records in China, raking in $89.6 million (RMB602 million) as of 5 p.m. on opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom. The Marvel finale has already set a new […]
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, China, Marvel, Disney, Global, Box Office, Avengers: Infinity War, Middle Kingdom, Avengers: Endgame


‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $89.6 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day

“Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking records in China, raking in $89.6 million (RMB602 million) as of 5 p.m. on opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom. The Marvel finale has already set a new […]
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, China, Marvel, Disney, Global, Box Office, Avengers: Infinity War, Middle Kingdom, Avengers: Endgame


‘Avengers: Endgame’ Reaps $83 Million in China by Early Afternoon of Opening Day

“Avengers: Endgame” is already breaking records in China, raking in $83 million (RMB558 million) as of 2 p.m. on opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom. The Marvel finale has already set a new […]
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, China, Marvel, Global, Box Office, Middle Kingdom, Avengers: Endgame


Death toll rises to 16 after 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Philippines

At least 16 people have died after the Philippines was rattled by two major earthquakes, authorities said on Tuesday.
Tags: Asia, News, Philippines


More than 50 jade mine workers trapped by 'mud lake'

More than 50 people are missing and feared dead after a mudslide buried workers at a jade mine in Myanmar's Kachin State, according to reports.
Tags: Asia, News, Myanmar, Kachin State


ISIS suspect gave advance warning of Sri Lanka bombings, source says

An ISIS suspect arrested in India named Islamist extremist Zahran Hashim as leading a plot to attack targets in Sri Lanka.
Tags: Asia, Isis, News, India, Sri Lanka, Zahran Hashim


57-year-old woman released after being questioned over Northern Ireland journalist's death

A 57-year-old woman who was arrested Tuesday in connection with the investigation into the murder of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee was released several hours later, police said.
Tags: Asia, News, Northern Ireland, Lyra McKee


Philippines 6.1-magnitude earthquake leaves 11 dead, 30 feared trapped

A second major quake has rattled the Philippines after an earlier 6.1-magnitude earthquake that left 11 people dead and 30 still feared trapped in the rubble.
Tags: Asia, News, Philippines


Kim Jong Un arrives in Russia ahead of summit with Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia ahead of his planned summit with Vladimir Putin, Russian state news agency TASS reported Wednesday.
Tags: Asia, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Kim Jong Un, TASS


APOS: Tencent Video, Vice Media Hatch Premium Youth Series for China

China’s Tencent Video and global studio Vice Media have joined forces to create a premium youth series exploring hype culture. The eight-part series, with episodes of 25 minutes, will explore a generation obsessed with finding the next big thing. The series to be produced by Vice Studios is earmarked for a late 2019 release through […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Production, Tencent Video, Vice Studios


Asian markets lower after S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record highs

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday as the rally on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 logged an all-time record high close, ran out of steam. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.6% to 22,136.56 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.9% to 29,707.64. The Shanghai Composite index declined […]
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Business, Japan, News, Wall Street, Ap, Nation, Shanghai, Bangkok


APOS: Discovery Partners With CMC for China Theme Centers

U.S TV group Discovery and Chinese media investor and operator CMC Inc. (China Media Capital) have struck a deal to launch a themed entertainment park business in China. The two companies will also collaborate on the development of a digital science, technology, engineering and math edutainment product, targeting kids age 2-5 years. It will be […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Discovery, Li Ruigang, Cmc, China Media Capital, Location Based Entertainment, U S TV group Discovery, CMC Inc China Media Capital


Ken Watanabe to Star in Japan Edition of ‘The Fugitive’

Warner Bros. International Television Production and Japan’s TV Asahi network are teaming to remake “The Fugitive” as a special program that celebrates TV Asahi’s 60th anniversary. Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Godzilla,” “Inception”) will star in the title role made famous by David Janssen in the 1963-1967 U.S. TV series and then by Harrison Ford […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Harrison Ford, Ken Watanabe, Asahi, David Janssen, Warner Bros International Television Production, The Fugitive


What we know so far about the Sri Lanka attack victims

The bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and wounded hundreds of others are a tragedy both locally and internationally.
Tags: Asia, News, Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka mourns as investigation into deadly blasts continues: Live updates

Local police tell CNN that the Easter Sunday bombings have claimed the lives of 310 people. The number is a significant increase on the previously reported death toll. Follow here for the latest.
Tags: Asia, News, Cnn, Sri Lanka


A series of bomb blasts struck churches and luxury...

A series of bomb blasts struck churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka early on Sunday. The coordinated attacks killed at least 300 people and injured more than 500.
Tags: Asia, News, Sri Lanka


Could the Sri Lanka bombings have been stopped?

When a series of suicide bombs tore apart churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, most of the country -- and the rest of the world -- was taken completely by surprise. But in the capital, Colombo, it was not a shock to everyone.
Tags: Asia, News, Sri Lanka, Colombo


APOS: Korea’s JTBC Signs up as Iflix Investor and Content Partner

South Korea’s JTBC Content Hub has become a strategic investor in Iflix, the South East Asia-based video streaming platform. Formed only in 2011, JTBC has rapidly become one of Korea’s most influential broadcasters, with a mix of news, creative dramas and entertainment shows. Its hit dramas include “SKY Castle,” “Misty,” and “Something in the Rain.” […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, Finance, Global, Korea, Iflix, South East Asia, JTBC, JTBC Content Hub


Kim Jong-un heads to Russia for first meeting with Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has left for the Russian city of Vladivostok for his first meeting with president Vladimir Putin, during which the two are expected to discuss sanctions, regional security and Pyongyang’s growing need for food aid.  Kim "left here by a private train at dawn on Wednesday to visit the Russian Federation," the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported, kicking off a 20-hour journey to the far north-east of his country, where it has a short border with...
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, North Korea, China, Russia, US, Beijing, United States, United Nations, Moscow, Un, Tokyo


‘Girl On The Train’ Indian Remake Set at Reliance Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

India’s Reliance Entertainment will produce the official Indian remake of Tate Taylor’s 2016 film “The Girl On The Train.” Ribhu Dasgupta, who is currently completing Netflix series “Bard Of Blood,” being produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, will direct. Parineeti Chopra (“Kesari”) will star. Production will commence at U.K. locations from mid-July. Based […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, Production, Netflix, Shah Rukh Khan, Amblin Partners, Reliance Entertainment, Parineeti Chopra, Tate Taylor, Kesari, The Girl on the Train, Red Chillies Entertainment, Ribhu Dasgupta


Asia will feel the pain if US sanctions shut down Iran's oil exports

Asia's biggest economies are scrambling to find new sources of oil after the United States said it would no longer grant exemptions to sanctions on Iranian crude exports.
Tags: Asia, US, Iran, Cnn, United States


Asia scrambles to find new sources of oil

Asia's biggest economies are scrambling to find new sources of oil after the United States said it would no longer grant exemptions to sanctions on Iranian crude exports.
Tags: Asia, News, United States, Stories


APOS: Singapore’s Mediacorp Unveils Wattpad, Vice Media Deals

Singapore’s state-owned broadcast group Mediacorp has struck a trio of new content production deals. They span partnerships with new tech incubators and producers Wattpad and Vice Media, and a series production deal with Spackman Entertainment. Mediacorp says that the trio of moves reflect an 18-month program to broaden its content ecosystem, explore fresh ideas and […]
Tags: Asia, News, Singapore, Global, Vice Media, Wattpad, Mediacorp, Spackman Entertainment Mediacorp



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