Chinese television 'internationalization' and the search for creativity

de Burgh, H., Rong, Z. and Siming, C. 2012. Chinese television 'internationalization' and the search for creativity. Creative Industries Journal. 4 (2), pp. 137-154.

TitleChinese television 'internationalization' and the search for creativity
Authorsde Burgh, H., Rong, Z. and Siming, C.
Abstract

In order to maintain competitive edge over both domestic rivals and international competition, Chinese television companies have been looking abroad for ideas. A number of political and commercial concerns have come together to inform a sudden interest by Chinese media companies in creativity and innovation. Hunan TV has been at the forefront, carefully deciding on the United Kingdom and selecting partners with which to work. In the course of its explorations abroad, Hunan has changed its objectives from narrowly technical and managerial ones to strategic ones. It now buys foreign formats, develops its own ideas, and looks forward to exporting those ideas and perhaps formats abroad, a hitherto inconceivable ambition that reflects urgent Chinese government concerns about the country's need to expand its international 'soft power'. Meanwhile, Hunan TV's initiatives have not gone unnoticed elsewhere in China, and other television companies are following suit. This article describes how this came about and what measures are being undertaken as a result of it, and discusses the implications of such ambitions.

JournalCreative Industries Journal
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 137-154
ISSN1751-0694
YearJun 2012
PublisherIntellect
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1386/cij.4.2.137_1
Publication dates
PublishedJun 2012

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