China’s other Great Wall

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Since my June post on the Chinese primetime success of Disney / SMG’s stone lion buddy comedy, Ban Jin Ba Liang, I’ve been contacted by numerous Western parties encouraged by this precedent and hoping to similarly crack the Chinese TV co-production nut with their own projects. As a public service, I’d like to address the realities faced by anyone attempting this daunting endeavor. (full post on AWN)

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China’s other Great Wall

Stone lions take hold of Chinese viewers

BAN JIN BA LIANG (《半斤八兩》), Magic Dumpling Entertainment’s animated Chinese stone lion buddy comedy and Disney’s first Chinese TV co-production, is now China Central Television’s #1 children’s program, topping the ratings on CCTV14. In reflecting upon the trials, tribulations and ultimate success of the show, I come back to three key factors: people, process and perseverance… (full article on AWN)

Stone lions take hold of Chinese viewers

Jaunt China and Beijing Film Academy Partner on Cinematic VR Lab

BEIJING – Jaunt China, an industry leader in cinematic virtual reality, and the Beijing Film Academy, China’s first and foremost film school, jointly announced the formation of the Beijing Film Academy Digital Media School’s Jaunt China Cinematic VR Lab, the first VR lab and incubator of its kind in China. As part of the academic and industry partnership, Jaunt China will make available its award-winning Jaunt ONE cinematic virtual reality cameras and provide access to its suite of cloud-based workflow tools for VR production and playback. Beijing Film Academy Digital Media School faculty, students and visiting experts will partner with Jaunt China on future research, curriculum development, production projects and internships. (full article on AWN)

Jaunt China and Beijing Film Academy Partner on Cinematic VR Lab

Chinese stone lions now an actual reality

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(A seven-year odyssey comes to fruition as Disney’s first original Chinese TV co-production.)

This week, I’m taking a break from virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality to talk about actual reality: Chinese stone lions are alive!

A “seven-year itch” was finally scratched as I watched the premiere of Ban Jin Ba Liang (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum and tweedledee”) January 16th, 2016 on China’s Dragon TV channel. In 2009, Wen FengYi Yan and I had the crazy idea to make a buddy comedy about Chinese stone lions. Initial development was bootstrapped by our Beijing-based content company Magic Dumpling Entertainment under the working title Stone Cold Lion, featuring our hearty heroes Chip and Nick.

Stone Cold Lion was a finalist in the 2011 Kidscreen Summit’s “Pitch It!” contest, and Disney China acquired the property in…(full post on AWN)

Chinese stone lions now an actual reality

Stone lions come to life this Chinese New Year

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Magic Dumpling Entertainment’s animated Chinese stone lion buddy comedy, BAN JIN & BA LIANG (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum & tweedledee”), premieres on January 30th in China, courtesy of a co-production between Disney and SMG Toonmax. You can check out the series teaser on China’s QQ.

Stone lions come to life this Chinese New Year

Chinese stone lions walk the walk and talk the talk

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Growing up watching Disney films, I never would have believed that I’d one day work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.  Years later working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, I never would have believed that I’d one day join the club of creators with a Disney walk-around character to their credit.  😉

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My partners & I at Magic Dumpling Entertainment in Beijing are proud to see our animated Chinese stone lion buddy comedy, BAN JIN & BA LIANG (半斤八兩 in Mandarin, which loosely translates to “tweedledum and tweedledee”), unveiled at the Disney Greater China 2017 Kick-Off and licensing event in Shanghai.

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The 半斤八兩 shorts and series are coming soon, courtesy of a co-production between Disney and SMG Toonmax.

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Chinese stone lions walk the walk and talk the talk

China’s VR Gold Rush

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For the past couple decades, Western content professionals have generally displayed a patronizing attitude towards the Chinese entertainment industry and market, determined to “show the Chinese how it’s done.” I relocated to Beijing in 2008 with much the same mindset. However, the onset of the VR Era has resulted in a sea change, with foreign professionals astonished by the pace and penetration of China’s advances in virtual reality. China has truly become “The Wild Wild East” with respect to VR, the hottest battleground among global VR markets. Folks from the West who approach China with any pretensions soon find themselves… (full post on AWN)

China’s VR Gold Rush