My Take on Wanda’s Acquisition of AMC

May 31, 2012

On May 20, 2012, China’s Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese private conglomerate and China’s largest investor in cultural and entertainment activities, and Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (“AMC”), No. 2 U.S. movie exhibitor, announced that they have signed an agreement under which Wanda will acquire AMC, creating the world’s largest cinema owner. The transaction is valued at approximately US$2.6 billion.

AMC and Wanda Logos

The move, which is subject to regulatory approval, will create the world’s largest cinema group. AMC currently operates 346 theaters with 5,034 screens primarily in the US and Canada (including 2,336 3-D screens and 128 IMAX screens). Wanda has 86 theaters and a total of 730 screens in China as well as large-scale stage show, film production and distribution, entertainment chains.

A few days ago, I had an interview with the China Radio International (CRI), the state-run overseas broadcaster of China, and the following CRI program link will lead you to my take, along with Professor Stanley Rosen’s (USC), on this historical takeover:

http://english.cri.cn/7146/2012/05/29/1942s702632.htm


CFP: “New Media and Cultural Transformation” Conference

May 10, 2012

New Media and Cultural Transformation:
Film, Television, Game, and Digital Communication

Call for Papers

School of Film-TV, Shanghai University
December 7-9, 2012

Over the past two decades, the computer and Internet-based new digital media have profoundly changed our conception of cinema, television, and communication, and led to the emergence of many new forms of artistic, social and self expressions. Consequently, new terms like “transmedia,” “convergence media,” “participatory culture,” “self mass communication,” “interactivity,” “e-cinema,” and “digitextuality” have been frequently evoked to describe and theorize this cultural transformation. While it is tempting to regard this as implying a revolutionary or “paradigm” shift in artistic/cinematic expressions and media practices, it is also of vital importance to recognize the fact that more traditional models associated with “old” media remain relevant in our everyday life. To address the significant changes to contemporary culture that are taking place under the rubric of new media, therefore, is to view the current moment as a critical juncture where almost every familiar medium is being “re-invented” and “re-mediated,” but at the same time to respect the historical roots from which digital art and media emerged.

Organized by Shanghai University’s School of Film-TV, the conference aims to open the doors to an interdisciplinary examination of new media and its implications for the arts and communication in the 21st century. With a broad focus on cinema, television, gaming, and communication, the conference encourages submissions of high-quality papers from around the world on new media and/or digital technology and its role in the developing aesthetics in cinema, television, gaming, and communication.

The following topics are especially but not exclusively sought from paper and panel proposals:

  • Digital technology and Film/Animation/Television/Communication
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to game and gaming
  • Machinema
  • Interactive media and the arts
  • Social Media and self-communication and artistic expression
  • Web-film and e-cinema
  • Digital technology and content distribution, marketing & consumption
  • Human-machine symbiosis
  • Screen aesthetics and transmedia platforms
  • Computer programming as an artistic practice
  • Mobility and perpetual connectivity: fragmented time and digital nomads

The working languages of the conference will be Chinese and English. Simultaneous translation between Chinese and English may be provided, depending on budget.

Date and Location:

Date:            December 7-9, 2012 (Registration: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012);
Location: International Conference Center, Shanghai University

Registration:

Once accepted, NO registration fee is involved. Participants do need find their own sources for international traveling and on-campus accommodation expenses.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be made electronically via e-mail. Submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours. Submissions shall imply that at least one author will register for the conference and be present at the time designated in the conference program.

Submissions must be received by Nov. 11 (Sunday), 2012.  E-Mail submissions to:

Prof. Shaoyi Sun
School of Film & TV, Shanghai University
P.O. Box 308, 149 Yan Chang Road
Shanghai 200072, China
E-Mail: shaoyis@gmail.com

For details, download the complete version of the conference Call for Papers.