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‘Squid Game’ Director Hwang Dong-hyuk on Netflix’s Hit Korean Series and Prospects for a Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

Korean TV series have dominated viewing preferences across large parts of Asia for the last decade. But it has taken a high-concept survival drama “Squid Game” to become the first K-drama to rate as Netflix’s top show in the U.S. The nine-part Netflix original involves a group of people from all walks of life who […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Netflix, Hwang Dong-hyuk, Hwang Dong, Squid Game, Lee Jung-jae


WarnerMedia Opens New Hub in Singapore, Eyeing Launch of HBO Max in Asia

WarnerMedia has opened a new regional hub for Asia, excluding China and Japan, which officially opened on Friday and will be a stepping stone to launching HBO Max in its first Asian markets in the future. The opening signals the full integration of WarnerMedia’s business in the region that includes Warner Bros., HBO and Turner […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, China, Singapore, Global, Warner Bros HBO, WarnerMedia, HBO Max, WarnerMedia Opens New Hub


Bengali-Language Streamer Hoichoi Reveals 30-Strong Slate, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Middle East Expansion Plans (EXCLUSIVE)

Hoichoi, an Indian streaming company which specializes in Bengali-language content, has revealed plans for a 30-strong 2022 slate.  It also has expansion plans for Bangladesh, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Operated by leading studio SVF Entertainment, Hoichoi was launched in 2017. Indian titles on the slate include Sayantan Ghosal’s detective drama “Gora,” starring Ritwick […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Bangladesh, Bengali, Hoichoi, SVF, Strong Slate Bangladesh Southeast Asia Middle, Bangladesh Southeast Asia, Middle East Operated, SVF Entertainment Hoichoi, Ritwick


Cryptotech industry to reach $241 million in India by 2030: Nasscom

NEW DELHI: Cryptotech industry is expected to reach $241 million in India by 2030 and $2.3 billion by 2026 globally, according to a report by Nasscom titled ‘Crypto Industry in India’ in association with WazirX. The report suggests that several global banks have started buying crypto and a few across the US, Europe, and Asia are creating blockchain-based systems to enable B2B cryptocurrency payments between their customers. According to the report, with more than 60% of states in India emerging ...
Tags: Asia, Business, News, India, New Delhi, US Europe, NASSCOM, Debjani Ghosh, Crypto Industry in India


Alibaba to Exit Mango TV Network After Less Than a Year

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is poised to sell its 5% stake in Mango Excellent Media, which owns the highly popular Mango TV network. It is unclear whether this heralds a wider sell-off of Alibaba’s media empire. The move, announced by Mango TV in a regulatory filing on Thursday, comes less than a year after Alibaba […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Alibaba, Mango TV, Exit Mango TV Network, Mango Excellent Media


Children locked up for the political beliefs of their parents

Increasingly, Myanmar's military is going after another group of people to sow fear among the population and make them fall in line: the family members of dissidents.
Tags: Asia, News, Myanmar


Biden is bringing together Japan, Australia and India to stare down China

Forget France, AUKUS and nuclear-powered submarines -- one of the most important moments for the future of US influence in Asia is due to take place on Friday in Washington.
Tags: Asia, News, France, China, India, US, Biden, Japan Australia


Amazon Launches Channels Service in India, Will Continue Acquiring Premium Films

Amazon Prime Video Channels has landed in India, where the streaming platform’s a la carte service is now available with eight of the country’s popular networks, and more to come. Already available in 11 territories, including the U.S., Canada, Japan, U.K. and Germany, Prime Video Channels content is available through the Amazon Prime Video app, […]
Tags: Asia, News, Germany, India, Global, Amazon Prime Video, Prime Video Channels, Discovery Plus, Amazon Prime Video Channels, U S Canada Japan U K, Gaurav Gandhi, Amazon Launches Channels Service


US-China policy: Biden is bringing together Japan, Australia and India to stare down China

Forget France, AUKUS and nuclear-powered submarines -- one of the most important moments for the future of US influence in Asia is due to take place on Friday in Washington.
Tags: Asia, France, China, India, US, Cnn, Biden, Japan Australia, US China


‘Dune’ Unleashes ‘China Exclusive’ Trailer Revealing New Details

“Dune” is seeking to lure in China viewers with a new trailer revealing not-yet-seen scenes billed as a “China exclusive.” Without dropping spoilers, the clip shows new images of story’s legendary sandworms and the character Paul Atreides’ visions, among other things. The trailer is slightly more explanatory and less action-oriented. Text inserted into the clip […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Dune, Paul Atreides, The Wandering Earth


‘Dune’ Unleashes New ‘China Exclusive’ Trailer Revealing New Details

“Dune” is seeking to lure in China viewers with a new trailer revealing not-yet-seen scenes billed as a “China exclusive.” Without dropping spoilers, the clip shows new images of story’s legendary sandworms and the character Paul Atreides’ visions, among other things. The trailer is slightly more explanatory and less action-oriented. Text inserted into the clip […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Dune, Paul Atreides, The Wandering Earth


8 graphics that highlight just how bad the record backlog of container ships in Southern California really is

Ships sit off the coast of Seal Beach, CA, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Cargo ships enduring one of the worst U.S. port bottlenecks in more than a decade faced down another obstacle as they waited to offload near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images In the past month, backlogs at Southern California ports have hit multiple records. The delays have caused shortages and price hikes, threatening Black Friday shoppi...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, News, California, China, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Economy, Graphics, Port Of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Southern California, Shortages, Flexport, Freightos


George Clooney’s ‘The Tender Bar,’ Jane Campion, Asghar Farhadi Talks Added to London Film Festival – Global Bulletin

FESTIVAL The 65th BFI London Film Festival (Oct. 6 – 17) has added George Clooney’s “The Tender Bar,” starring Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan and Lily Rabe, to the program. Clooney is expected to be in attendance. The film follows a boy growing up on Long Island who seeks out father figures among the patrons at […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, George Clooney, Kristen Stewart, Long Island, Clooney, Lily Rabe, BFI London Film Festival, Global Bulletin, Ben Affleck Tye Sheridan, Jane Campion Asghar Farhadi


China’s Crackdown on Celebrities Like Zhao Wei Is Growing Increasingly Far-Reaching

The disappearance of beloved and sometimes controversial actor Zhao Wei epitomizes many aspects of the Chinese government’s campaign to tear down fandom, celebrity and the driving forces behind them. Zhao attained major stardom in the late 1990s with TV series “My Fair Princess,” starred as the leading lady in John Woo’s epic “Red Cliff” and […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Jack Ma, Zhao Wei, Zhao, John Woo


India drops two places in the digital quality of life Index, ranks 33 globally in e-governance

India has ranked 59 among 110 countries in the Digital Quality of Life Index, according to a global study by the British Virgin Islands-based cybersecurity company Surfshark. In the five parameters that the test was conducted for, India was ranked 33 in e-governance, 36 in e-security, 47 in internet affordability and 67 in internet quality. Compared to the 2020 rankings, India fell from 59 to 61, while it stands 17 in Asia and 1in the Southern Asian region in terms of the digital quality of life...
Tags: Asia, Business, News, India, British Virgin Islands, Index


Covid live news: Delta ‘crippling’ Alaska’s health system; South Korea urges testing amid holiday surge fears

Alaska imposes crisis care standards on all hospitals; South Korean authorities urge people returning from holiday week to get testedEngland’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the worldFDA approves Pfizer booster shots for Americans ages 65 and olderNew Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fixSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.20am BST At the start of the pandemic, the UK government said that nobody should lose their home because of Covid. But an investigation by the Bureau...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, UK, England, Wales, India, Africa, Eu, World news, Alaska, Oxford, Delta, Pfizer, Latin America, Latin America Africa, Janssen


Myanmar town near India border sees exodus as thousands flee fighting

Most of the population of a Myanmar town near the Indian border have fled after buildings were set ablaze by artillery amid fighting between militia forces opposed to military rule and the army, according to residents and media reports.
Tags: Asia, News, India, Myanmar


England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world

Refusal to recognise vaccines given across Latin America, Africa and south Asia has been denounced as ‘discriminatory’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s new Covid travel rules and refusal to recognise vaccines administered across huge swaths of the world have sparked outrage and bewilderment across Latin America, Africa and south Asia, with critics denouncing what they called an illogical and discriminatory policy.The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, describe...
Tags: Asia, England, India, Africa, UK News, World news, Brazil, Kenya, Vaccines and immunisation, Grant Shapps, Latin America Africa, Shapps, Coronavirus


Byron Studios Development to Expand Stage Capacity in Australia (EXCLUSIVE)

Australia has been so successful in attracting overseas films and international streaming series that the country has deprived it of available sound stages. Russell Crowe who recently made the case for the establishment of new film studios at Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast, is not the only one planning to add new […]
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Global, Netflix, New South Wales, Russell Crowe, Filming Locations, Coffs Harbour, Paul Anderson, Byron Studios, Byron Studios Development


CAA Sports Expands in Asia With Singapore Office and Hires

CAA Sports, part of entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency, is to open a new office in Singapore and has hired Adrian Staiti to the newly created position of president, APAC. He will report to head of CAA Sports International Matthew O’Donohoe. Staiti was previously president of APAC and president of global sales for […]
Tags: Asia, News, Singapore, Global, Caa, APAC, Creative Artists Agency, CAA Sports, Adrian Staiti, Singapore Office, CAA Sports International, Matthew O'Donohoe Staiti


Viacom18 Studios, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions Sign Distribution Deal

India’s Viacom18 Studios and media personality Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions have partnered for a theatrical and broadcast distribution slate. The two entities will collaborate on a range of Hindi-language films, which are in various stages of production and are expected to release over the next 18 – 24 months. Films under the deal include “Rocky […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, Karan Johar, Viacom18, Dharmatic


‘Ray Donovan’: India’s Venkatesh, Rana Daggubati Team for ‘Rana Naidu’ Netflix Adaptation of Showtime Hit

Telugu-language cinema stars Venkatesh Daggubati (“Narappa”) and his nephew Rana Daggubati (“Baahubali”) will star in Netflix India crime drama series “Rana Naidu,” an adaptation of Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” Produced by Locomotive Global Inc., the action drama will follow the life of Rana Naidu, the go-to person for everyone in Bollywood when they have a […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, Netflix, Showtime, Bollywood, Ray Donovan, Netflix India, Rana Daggubati, Monika Shergill, Venkatesh Daggubati, Venkatesh Rana Daggubati Team, Rana Naidu, Showtime Hit, Venkatesh Daggubati Narappa


Japanese sisters, age 107, certified as world's oldest identical twins

Two Japanese sisters have been confirmed as the world's oldest living identical twins and the oldest ever identical twins at the age of 107.
Tags: Asia, News


Sony Pictures Networks and Zee to Merge, Creating Indian Broadcast Giant

Two of the largest broadcast groups in India are to merge, it was announced on Wednesday morning local time. Publicly-listed Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited is to merge with Sony Pictures Networks India. The merged business will be headed by Zee’s Punit Goenka, but following a cash injection of $1.57 billion from Sony India’s backers, the […]
Tags: Asia, News, Finance, India, Global, Zee, Goenka, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Sony Pictures Networks India, Punit Goenka, Sony Pictures Networks, Sony India, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited


China’s Mid-Autumn Festival Box Office Is Weakest Since 2014

Following a dismal summer, China’s box office over this year’s three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday hit its lowest point since 2014. Chinese citizens had to work on Saturday, Sept. 18, but enjoyed a three-day vacation for the holiday from Sept. 19-21. Cinemas are operational, but at reduced capacity due to the pandemic. The cumulative box office […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Box Office, Free Guy, Cloudy Mountain, Mid-Autumn Festival


China’s ‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ Opens Beijing Intl. Film Festival With Rocketing Box Office Forecasts

A battalion of producers and stars worked the opening night red carpet of the Beijiing Intl. Film Festival Tuesday for the world premiere of their mammoth Chinese war film “The Battle of Changjin Lake,” which is expected to rank amongst China’s highest grossing films of the year. The nearly three-hour-long historical epic is a grind […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Bona Film Group, Tsui Hark, Chen Kaige, The Battle at Lake Changjin, Changjin Lake


The creative ways retailers are trying to sidestep shipping delays, from Home Depot flying in power tools to Walmart chartering smaller ships that can fit into tinier ports

ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images A record number of container ships are causing backlogs in key US ports, causing shortages and price hikes. Major retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, and Lululemon have taken on extra costs to offset the shortages. The supply-chain snags threaten to cause further price hikes, as well as shutter more businesses. See more stories on Insider's business page. As record numbers of hulking cargo ships clog key ports and threaten the global supply chain, ma...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Home Depot, Asia, News, US, Trends, Walmart, Economy, Boats, Ikea, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, Southern California, Shortages, Lululemon


Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’ to Open Tokyo Film Festival

This year’s Tokyo International Film Festival will give gala positions to two American movies. Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” has been set as the opening night title and will play on Oct. 30. Stephen Chbosky’s “Dear Evan Hansen” has been announced as the title for the feelgood closer on Nov. 8, 2021. “TIFF plans to hold […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Clint Eastwood, Festivals, EVAN HANSEN, Stephen Chbosky, Dear Evan Hansen, Tokyo International Film Festival, Cry Macho


Dune And No Time To Die Secure Chinese Releases — Here's Why That Matters

China is the world's biggest movie market and Hollywood tentpole films have become increasingly reliant on it and other international territories to boost their box office haul. Movies like "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim: Uprising," and Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" have catered directly to the Chinese market with subplots involving Chinese characters. Yet the Chinese government and its censorship board don't approve every American film for release, and in recent months, it has approved even fewer of...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Hollywood, Movies, News, China, Taiwan, Patton Oswalt, Marvel Studios, Dune, Variety, Denis Villeneuve, No Time, Shang Chi


‘The Beatles and India’ Sold to HBO Max, BritBox North America, Channel 4 – Global Bulletin

SALES Abacus Media Rights has sold documentary “The Beatles and India” to HBO Max for Latin America, BritBox North America for the U.S. and Canada, Channel 4 for the U.K., Foxtel for Australia, Channel One for Russia, and A Contracorriente Films for Spain, with more deals in the pipeline. Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s “book Across […]
Tags: Asia, News, Russia, India, Global, The Beatles, Spain, Contracorriente Films, HBO Max, Abacus Media Rights, Global Bulletin, HBO Max BritBox North America Channel, U K Foxtel for Australia Channel One, Ajoy Bose



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