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Your source for insight into China's culture industry: Listen to those creating and producing content in the world's second-biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and co-produced by SupChina.

Middle earth - China's cultural industry podcast SupChina

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7, 10 Ratings

Your source for insight into China's culture industry: Listen to those creating and producing content in the world's second-biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and co-produced by SupChina.

    #37 Mahua FunAge: Building a comedy empire

    #37 Mahua FunAge: Building a comedy empire

    Founded in 2003, Mahua FunAge 开心麻花 is a cultural company that focuses on comedy content, including plays, musicals, children’s shows, improv, online TV series, and films. As of 2020, it has produced six successful feature films and 40 plays with the support of 400 staff members. Leer Cheng, vice president of the company, sat down with Aladin to discuss its recipe for success and how the entertainment industry in China has grappled with COVID-19. 

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Thank you to 247tickets for offering vouchers to guests.

    Recommendation: 

    Almost a Comedy (半个喜剧, 2019).

    • 29 min
    #36 Transforming a Chinese movie studio

    #36 Transforming a Chinese movie studio

    Of the 3,000 film studios located in China, Xiangshan Global Studios in Ningbo is one of the most important. Felix Lou, vice managing director of its international development division, joins Aladin to discuss the origin of the studios, its business model, the talent needed to maintain the operation, and some of its current international collaborations. 

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    This episode was co-produced with Hiu Man Chan, the director of the UK-China Film Collab.

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Thank you to 247tickets for offering vouchers to guests.

    Recommendations: 

    The TV series The Longest Day in Chang'an.

    The upcoming TV series The Golden Hairpin.

    Answers to the quiz:

    The Shaw Brothers company was funded by the Shanghainese Tianyi Film Company after the founders escaped the 1937 Japanese invasion.

    I Am Somebody is a fiction film about extras working in Hengdian Studio, China’s biggest film studio. 

    There are more than 3,000 registered film studios in China.

    • 45 min
    Building an online content platform in China

    Building an online content platform in China

    This episode features Raz Gal-Or, founder of the Foreigner Research Institute (wāigǔorén yánjiū xíehuì 歪果仁研究协会), a successful online platform that promotes foreigners creating content in China. Now known as Y-Platform, it has garnered a following of 80 million through 30 channels and influencers. In March 2020, Raz’s company raised $5 million from Sina Weibo and the online gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co.

    What you’ll hear is the audio from a presentation organized by the nonprofit BeHive, which aims to support development opportunities and careers for students and young professionals.

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    • 47 min
    #35 Film score composition in China

    #35 Film score composition in China

    As content and movie creation continues to surge inside China, the need for more film industry professionals is now more pressing than ever. One role that lies at the center of creativity and technicality lies the score composer - the individual responsible for creation of music to accompany a film. On the podcast this week, film composers Liu Ye and Sean Calvo explain the work they do in the field, the issues they face, and how traditional Chinese music is utilized within the production process in China.

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Thank you to 247tickets for offering vouchers to guests.

    Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey. 

    Recommendations: 

    The soundtrack to Hero (2002), by Tan Dun.  

    The soundtrack to White Vengeance (2011), by Henry Lai.

    Answers to the quiz:

    Cong Su, a Chinese composer, who won an Oscar for best music score for The Last Emperor (1987).

    The sound of the fighting scene comes from Kung Fu Hustle (2004). 

    The oldest Chinese instrument is believed to be the wind instrument Xun.

    • 36 min
    #34 China’s sports industry

    #34 China’s sports industry

    In 2014, the Chinese government released a policy document — now referred to as Number 46 — that outlined China’s plan to create the biggest sports industry in the world, with the target of $700 billion in annual revenue by 2025. This week, Aladin Farré welcomes Jonty Dixon (sports editor at Xinhua News), Wenjing Soong (sports consultant and agent), and Michael Sun (chairman and CEO of SlamBall Asia) to discuss the country’s national policies on sports and the business and collaborative opportunities in this industry.  

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey. 

    Recommendations: 

    The hockey team Kunlun Red Star, based in Beijing.

    The young football team of Zhidan County in Shaanxi. Follow it on WeChat: 志丹县足球协会.

    Answers to the quiz:

    Ping-Pong diplomacy is what began the warming of relations between the People’s Republic of China and the USA.

    The furthest China’s national soccer team has gone is the group stages in the 2002 World Cup. 

    Li Xiaoshuang is the Chinese Olympian who won six medals in only one Olympic session.

    Thanks to 247tickets for offering a voucher to the guests.

    • 55 min
    #33 The Chinese entertainment companies of Wall Street

    #33 The Chinese entertainment companies of Wall Street

    Once Chinese companies rise to the top of the domestic market, another challenge emerges: publicly listing on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges. Among the more recent listings, there is Bilibili and iQIYI for video, and Lizhi and Tencent Music for audio.

    Ross Warner (vice president of The Piacente Group) and Elliott Zaagman (co-host of the China Tech Investor podcast) join Aladin Farré to explain the requirements of going public in the United States, the knowledge gap between Chinese companies and Western investors, and how going public can influence content creation and distribution.

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Recommendations: 

    Rich Dad Poor Dad and The Intelligent Investor, self-help books on investments. 

    The China Hustle, a 2017 documentary about how small Chinese companies were hyped up and sold by American investment banks to U.S.-based investors.

    The Motley Fool Podcasts, a series of podcasts about investing. 

    Like the podcasts at SupChina? Help us out by taking this brief survey. 

    Answers to the quiz:

    152 Chinese companies are listed on the major U.S. stock exchanges.  

    Beijing Jingxi Culture and Tourism (北京京西文化旅游股份有限公司), the company that produced Wolf Warrior 2, is the company that was queried by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange after fraud allegations.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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👍🏻 Diversified perspectives!

Always good to find such a pod with interesting topics and diversified voices. Thank you for putting all these perspectives together!

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Not enough episodes!

A nice and condensed show, just wish there would be more episodes per month !

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