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Patrick Brzeski

Asia Bureau Chief

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Steve Nash’s CTRL Media to Co-Produce Reality Series About East Asia Super League’s Inaugural Basketball Season

The inaugural season of the East Asia Super League, the startup basketball league featuring competition between clubs from across mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, is set to receive the reality TV treatment. The groundbreaking long-form series will be directed by Korean filmmaker John H. Lee (Battle For Incheon: Operation Chromite). The […]

Netflix Greenlights Japanese Thriller Series ‘Burn the House Down’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has lined up its next Japanese original series, a mystery thriller adaptation of the hit manga Burn the House Down. Created by up-and-coming artist Moyashi Fujisawa, the original manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Kiss magazine in 2017 and became an immediate hit, attracting multiple adaptation offers in the year’s since. The Netflix series, like […]

Korean Streamer TVING to Acquire Rival Seezn to Better Compete With Netflix, Disney+

Two of South Korea’s leading domestic streaming services, TVING and Seezn, have unveiled plans to merge, forming a single platform that’s better equipped to take on global rivals like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. Powerhouse Korean entertainment company CJ ENM, which holds the controlling stake in TVING, confirmed the merger via a regulatory filing, […]

China Box Office: ‘Detective vs. Sleuths’ Wins Weekend, ‘Mozart From Space’ Disappoints

Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs. Sleuths surged to the top of China’s box office in its second weekend of release, earning $18.4 million. Chinese hitmaker Chen Sicheng’s much anticipated sci-fi comedy Mozart From Space, meanwhile, made a disappointing start in second place, taking $16.6 million. Slipping just 20 percent from its opening frame, Detective […]

Disney to Produce Three Projects Featuring K-Pop Supergroup BTS

Disney and K-Pop supergroup BTS are getting into business together. The Walt Disney Co. and BTS’ studio home Hybe revealed a new global content partnership Tuesday that will see the companies work together to produce five titles for Disney’s streaming services, including three exclusive projects featuring BTS or BTS members. Aligning itself with the world’s […]

China Box Office: ‘Lighting Up the Stars’ Wins Weekend, ‘Thor 4’ in Limbo Over Suspected LGBTQ Censorship

Local drama Lighting Up the Stars easily won a third consecutive weekend at China’s box office, selling $27.8 million worth of tickets for an impressive total of $186.3 million and counting. But the sentimental Chinese film, which tells the story of a surprising bond formed between a funeral director and an orphaned little girl, didn’t […]

CineAsia to Return in December for First Edition in Four Years

CineAsia, the exhibition and distribution industry conference usually hosted every fall somewhere in Asia Pacific, is set to return for an in-person edition for the first time in four years. Organizers said Friday that CineAsia will take place in Bangkok from Dec. 5 to 8. The event will be hosted in the cinemas and convention […]

108 Media Buys Majority Stake in Singaporean Animation Studio Robot Playground Media

U.K. production and distribution company 108 Media said Wednesday that it has acquired a majority stake in Singapore-based animation studio Robot Playground Media (RPM). Co-founded and run by Ervin Han and Bernard Toh, RPM has developed and produced animation projects for clients including Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney Southeast Asia, MediaCorp, StarHub and Viacom. In 2019, Toh directed Mickey […]

China Box Office Shrinks 38 Percent in First Half of 2022, North America Regains Top Spot

After two, brief years of dominance, China is surrendering the global box office crown back to North America in 2022. During the darkest days of the pandemic for Hollywood, when most major tentpoles were put on hold or shifted to streaming, China swept past the U.S. in total ticket sales for the first time in […]

Netflix Greenlights Japanese Rom-Com ‘In Love and Deep Water’ From Yuji Sakamoto

Netflix has lined up its next big-budget feature for Japan, a key growth market for the global streaming business. The company has greenlit a suspenseful rom-com romp titled In Love and Deep Water from veteran drama screenwriter Yuji Sakamoto (Tokyo Love Story, Kadin). Sakamoto describes the project as “a romantic comedy delivered on an unprecedented […]

Japan’s Wowow to Produce Live-Action Spinoff of Classic Anime Series ‘Yatterman’ (Exclusive)

Leading Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow has greenlit a live-action TV series spin-off of the legendary anime series Yatterman. Titled Doronjo, the new series will tell the prequel story of the influential female villain of the same name from the original Yatterman series. A pop cultural icon in Japan, Doronjo is arguably the anime world’s […]

Crunchyroll Sets Global Theatrical Release for Anime ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’

Sony’s specialty streamer and distributor Crunchyroll has picked up global theatrical rights to Kodansha’s forthcoming feature adaptation of the hit anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The film, with the full title of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond, debuts in Japan in November 2022 […]