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China's iQiyi and Sony to produce online series in Mandarin

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/1/2016

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese online video site has announced it will be working with Sony Pictures Television to produce an action thriller in Mandarin for online viewers.

The deal between iQiyi and the division of Hollywood studio Sony Pictures is a rare example of collaboration between a Chinese video streaming site and an American film company to produce programming for a Chinese audience.

Streaming sites showing Chinese and foreign films and TV shows as well as user generated content have become hugely popular in recent years. Companies like Baidu-owned iQiyi have also developed their own shows.

iQiyi announced Thursday that the co-production will be a three-part adaptation of an American drama called "Chosen," which aired in the U.S. on an online streaming video service owned by Sony called Crackle.

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