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China’s Youku pacts for 1,000 TV series

SHANGHAI -- China's top video Web site,, has inked deals with producers of more than 1,000 TV series producers to put 40,000-plus episodes online, amounting to 50,000 hours, the company said Tuesday.

Globecast shows CCTV in France

SHANGHAI -- France Telecom subsidiary GlobeCast will carry Chinese national broadcaster CCTV's French-language channel CCTV-F in Europe, the Paris-based company said Monday.

China orders 10 video Web sites to shut down

SHANGHAI -- Chinese regulators have ordered 10 local video Web sites to cease operations, the third instance this year of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television moving to clean up the sector.

‘SpongeBob’ returning to China’s CCTV

SHANGHAI -- Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" will return to China Central Television in January. The children's series first aired on CCTV in 2006.

‘Thomas’ makes new friends in China

SHANGHAI -- Four seasons of British children's TV series "Thomas and Friends" will debut on China Central Television this year, paving the way for tie-in storybooks and toys, according to producer and franchise owner HIT Entertainment.

Spacemen top earthquake heroes in ratings

SHANGHAI -- China Central Television's live broadcast of a government ceremony to honor earthquake relief efforts drew only four percent of the viewers that watched the network's recent coverage of China’s latest space launch.

Made in Asia: China

A new facility and an established powerhouse bolster China's status as a cost-effective shooting destination.

Beijing Screenings open to buyers

SHANGHAI -- The 12th annual Beijing Screenings opened Tuesday in hopes of attracting buyers for more than 60 Chinese-made films that will be shown in the capital during its four-day run.

NBA taps Bucks, Warriors for China

SHANGHAI -- The NBA will host two preseason games between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors in Beijing and Guangzhou in October.

China prefers new ‘Hulk’ over Ang Lee’s ’03 film

SHANGHAI -- Universal's "The Incredible Hulk" has taken in 24 million yuan ($3.5 million) at the Chinese boxoffice since its Aug. 20 release, distributor the China Film Group said Tuesday.

‘Hulk’ no match for Yao Ming and co.

SHANGHAI -- Universal Pictures' "The Incredible Hulk" began screening here Wednesday, but the day's basketball quarterfinals between China and Lithuania may have taken a bite out of its boxoffice.

China’s Liu Xiang withdraws from Olympics

SHANGHAI -- In a major blow to China's hopes to win a gold medal in track at the Beijing Games, defending Olympic hurdle champion Liu Xiang withdrew Monday because of a foot injury.