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Story | Sep 5, 2014 | 12:30 PMYouku Tudou, China's leading online video platform, is expanding into financing and screening of original content. Last year, it backed Andy Lau actioner "Firestorm," while this month it is launching 20 new TV series. On Aug. 28, it announced the kickoff of Heyi, a movie production and investment shingle with a slate intended to capitalize on content it already produces and owns. Fast-moving Youku Tudou already has a New York stock listing (eCommerce collective Alibaba is a major shareholder) and a market value of $5 billion. Speaking with Variety's Patrick Frater, Youku Tudou founder and CEO Victor Koo spoke of China's changing entertainment demographics, the nation's plans to fight piracy and how his eight-year-old online giant has become one of Hollywood's essential business partners.
Story | Sep 3, 2014 | 5:00 AM
To the editor: The otherwise fine article on the debate about film tax rebates perpetuates one important misconception about the situation in California. ("Are film tax credits cost effective?," Aug. 30) The legislative analyst's office did indeed...
Story | Sep 2, 2014 | 3:28 PM
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