THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – In Beijing with Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, as he weighs in on everything from Nicole Kidman (his “muse”) to Disney’s Bob Iger and NBCUniversal’s Steve Burke (“They are very gifted leaders and also very creative”) and opens up about his brutal upbringing.
Wall Street Journal Asia – Chinese companies are increasingly staking their claim on Hollywood, with Dalian Wanda Group Co. closer to its goal of becoming the world’s dominant cinema company after reports that it is in talks to buy a minority stake in the Paramount Pictures movie studio.
Caixin Online – Chinese companies are buying soccer teams across Europe, echoing the Beijing government’s ambitious plan to turn the nation into a soccer powerhouse.
The powerhouse plan, which has backing from President Xi Jinping, has led to nine deals inked by Chinese investors for stakes in soccer clubs in France, Italy, Britain and other European countries since January 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter – Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is betting big — to the tune of $3.8 billion — that purchasing DreamWorks Animation will deliver strategic benefits throughout NBCUniversal. In China, the deal’s potential upsides and uncertainties are especially pronounced.