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Salto would have around 700,000 subscribers



Posted on Jan 13, 2022 2:54 PMUpdated Jan 13, 2022, 3:25 PM

These are the first official figures unveiled for Salto, the SVoD platform of TF1, M6 and France Télévisions, since its launch almost a year and a half ago. “The platform is young, it is progressing […]. It is not for me to give figures, but we must be around 700,000 subscribers “, said Wednesday Delphine Ernotte, president of France Televisions on France Inter, adding:” I believe in this project, Salto has a to come up “.

She did not say whether it was the only paying subscribers (6.99 euros per month) or the accumulation of paid and free subscribers for a month (since everyone can try the platform for free without commitment). When questioned, the management of Salto did not want to provide any details either … Thomas Follin, its managing director, is content to say that he “is progressing at a sustained pace” and that he is “well in his plan (d ‘business)’.

According to estimates by NPA Conseil, based on a declarative survey that does not distinguish paying subscribers from those who benefit from a free month or from shared accounts, the service would have a penetration rate of 2.4% at end of September. Or a little over 700,000 people.

Lean performance

Only element, Salto had reached between 350,000 and 400,000 paying subscribers during the summer, according to our information. Be that as it may, there is nothing exceptional about accumulating 700,000 subscribers today, even more so if this figure combines free and paid ones. By comparison, Netflix had reached 750,000 subscribers less than a year after arriving in France in 2014, according to estimates at the time. This, even though the uses in terms of streaming were much less widespread.

However, the group did not have the same barriers as those imposed by the Competition Authority in Salto, including the fact that promotion of the service is limited on the media outlets of its three shareholders.

The absence of the SVoD platform from the French boxes, which reign supreme in French television consumption, undoubtedly also explains this poor performance. Only a distribution agreement was signed with Bouygues Telecom, whose parent company happens to be the reference shareholder of TF1 …

Towards an exit from France Télévisions

It’s a fact, Salto is struggling to win, despite some nice editorial moves such as the broadcast of the special program dedicated to the twenty years of the film saga “Harry Potter”, during the holidays. Or the series “Germinal” at the beginning of September, its first big co-production, the collection of 24 “James Bonds”, which generated peaks in consumption and also the new chapter of the famous series “Sex and the City”, “And just like that ”, broadcast 24 hours before the United States.

In the coming months, it will be interesting to see how the service evolves. After the announcement of the TF1 / M6 merger project – which is still awaiting the green light from the Competition Authority – the president of France Télévisions announced that her group was intended to exit from the capital.

“The merger project is a game-changer since we would become a minority; and TF1-M6 wish to redirect this asset to better integrate it into their digital strategy. I understand that and will not object to it. On the other hand, we will be very vigilant about the possible exit conditions of France Télévisions ”, confided Delphine Ernotte to“ Echos ”in December. The public broadcasting group did not budget this year for investment in Salto, while the platform had weighed 31 million in last year’s budget.

TF1 and M6 would like to integrate SVOD more into their overall strategy by offering several offers: free replay, pay, SVOD, while the new group wants to focus on streaming. If the shareholder structure is changed, however, it will be necessary to go back to the Competition Authority …

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Sony relaunches PS4 production due to lack of sufficient PS5 availability



Posted on Jan. 12, 2022, 1:38 p.m.Updated Jan 12, 2022, 2:07 PM

Sony had to ease off the production of PlayStation 4, he changed his mind. Faced with the supply problems of its replacement, the PlayStation 5, the Japanese group has decided to put a boost on the production lines of PS4. According to the Bloomberg agency based on internal sources, it plans 1 million additional units of its old console.

The objective of the maneuver, according to an official interviewed by the agency, is “to fill the supply vacuum and keep players within the PlayStation ecosystem”. Sony would have, at the end of last year, informed its suppliers that it intended to extend the production of the PS4 until the end of 2022. The group has never officially announced an end date for its console but, always according to the agency, he would have planned to interrupt the assembly at the end of 2021. Part postponed, therefore.

Success marred by the Covid

In January 2021, Sony announced the discontinuation of four variants of its PS4, while deciding to keep one model (the Jet Black 500 Go) in the catalog. Even if there is always a “cross between the generations”, recalls Sony to Bloomberg, the ambition displayed by Jim Ryan, the head of PlayStation, was to make a “rapid transition”.

Launched on November 12, 2020, the PS5 faced the Covid pandemic head-on. And in particular, the shortage of semiconductors, which has caused significant delivery delays. Still, the next-gen console had the best start in Sony history. It passed the 10 million units mark in mid-July 2021, a month before its predecessor.

VIDEO. Semiconductor shortage: why manufacturing delays are piling up

Shortage that lasts

More than a year after its launch, the supply chain is still out of order and Sony has reduced its targets from 16 to 14.8 million units produced in 2021. The group’s chief financial officer, Hiroki Totoki, had warned shareholders : “The shortage of components is expected to last until the end of 2022. To try to save the beautiful commercial dynamics – breathless since – and not to frustrate the customers too much, Sony even, for a time, considered to remodel its console.

Can the PS4 keep sales afloat? According to an internal source interviewed by Bloomberg, it will at least have the merit of giving Sony “more leeway with suppliers during negotiations.” On the commercial level, the bet seems daring. As “Numerama” recalls, PS4 sales have already severely eroded, from 1 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2020, to 500,000 in the first quarter of 2021 and then 200,000 over the following three months.

In order to support PS4 sales in 2022, Sony may be able to count on the next flagship releases from its PlayStation studios. “Horizon Forbidden West”, “Gran Turismo 7” and “God of War Ragnarok” are all planned on this machine.

Conservative forecast

The PS4 is the second best-selling home console in history with 116.6 million copies. If, by chance, its production were to extend to 2023, it would reach the symbolic milestone of ten years of longevity. It is, however, less than the PS2, the best-selling console in history with 155 million units, which will have remained in the catalog for thirteen years.

Last October, Sony raised its annual net profit targets to 730 billion yen (5.5 billion euros), from 700 billion in August, counting on the good performance of cinema, music and sensors of picture. On the other hand, he remained cautious on games because of the shortage of chips and a possible decline in the “home lifestyle” linked to the pandemic.

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Fact-checkers around the world point to disinformation on YouTube



Posted on Jan 12, 2022, 1:56 p.m.Updated Jan 12, 2022, 4:04 PM

YouTube blacklisted. More than 80 fact-checking organizations around the world have written an open letter to the video giant, calling for more effective measures to combat disinformation. In this letter (accessible via Poynter), media and NGOs believe that YouTube is “one of the main engines of disinformation in the world” and represents “great concern” for the community of “fact-checkers”.

The signatories, who address themselves directly to the boss of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, represent around forty countries – PolitiFact or the “Washington Post” for the United States, Correctiv (Germany), Africa Check (several African countries)… France, two organizations are signatories: Les Surligneurs and Science Feedback.

A collective of “fact-checkers” also sent a letter of this type to Facebook in 2016, which has implemented several initiatives in recent years.

The collective is particularly worried that YouTube, which belongs to Google, does “not make much effort to implement policies that solve the problem”. Even more, YouTube allows certain “unscrupulous” actors to “manipulate” and “exploit”, or to enrich themselves.

“Fake news” on vaccination

The authors of the post point to videos that have encouraged boycott of vaccination, misinformation about the coronavirus epidemic, or videos of fake cancer treatments, to name but examples in this sector. Likewise in the United States, the invasion of the Capitol in January 2021 gave rise to an explosion of false information.

Admittedly, the “fact-checkers” evoke efforts of YouTube, but that is not enough – in particular in certain countries which remain under the radar of Google.

The organizations propose to collaborate with YouTube by imagining several solutions, such as the establishment of additional information on problematic videos indicating the context, in particular with “fact-checking” specialists.

YouTube responds by claiming to have “invested heavily in policies and products […] to reduce the spread of false information ”. “Much progress has been made,” added YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez in an email, for whom fact-checking is “one piece of a larger puzzle to tackle to the dissemination of disinformation ”.

Removal of videos from “France Soir”, “Sud Radio”, “Current values” …

YouTube, for example, has removed 130,000 videos of medical disinformation since the start of the pandemic. It can range from anonymous videos to the suspension of the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro’s channel.

But also media videos. Thus, the platform has withdrawn videos from “France Soir” or “Current values”, but also from “Sud Radio”. “We are based on a medical consensus, which evolves day by day,” explains YouTube.

In total, across all fields, the group deleted 6.2 million videos in the third quarter of last year and as many in the second quarter.

At the same time, the American giant has chosen to demonetize videos on certain themes, such as climate-skeptical videos – for which it is not possible to have publicity. Or, it sets up information banners directing Internet users to Wikipedia pages, for example on the “great replacement” (as in this video by Eric Zemmour).

Less than 1% of videos

Google, however, indicates that there are less than 1% of problematic videos, according to a study on a body of content.

This open letter comes in a context where the problem of false information is increasingly calling on the general public but also the political world, in the midst of an election period. Tuesday, in France, the Bronner commission returned a report on disinformation to the President of the Republic.

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Video games: Take-Two (GTA) buys Zynga (Farmville), a mega-acquisition at $ 12.7 billion



Posted on Jan 10, 2022 4:35 PMUpdated Jan 10, 2022, 5:26 PM

It has been almost fourteen years since the video game industry has witnessed a transaction of this magnitude. On Monday, the American publisher Take-Two (behind the flagship licenses Grand Theft Auto [GTA] and Red Dead) announced that it was buying Zynga, one of the heavyweights of mobile video games, on the basis of an 11-figure valuation: $ 12.7 billion.

In detail, nearly a third of the transaction will be settled in cash and the rest will be in shares of Take-Two, which had a market capitalization of nearly $ 19 billion at the close of Wall Street on Friday. This makes it the third historical publisher of PC games and home consoles behind EA (37 billion) and Activision Blizzard (50 billion).

With this acquisition, Take-Two will considerably strengthen its mobile division, which is still modest. At the last tally in November, Take-Two’s mobile revenue was $ 115 million in the third quarter, or 13% of its total revenue, compared to 70% for home consoles. Between July and September, Zynga had generated revenues of $ 704 million.

A catalog of very popular franchises

“Synergies will be achieved in particular on the monetization mechanisms within games which are getting closer and closer between the world of mobile and console and PC games”, argues Charles Louis Planade, video game financial analyst at TP ICAP . “Take-Two will also be able to rely on Zynga’s skills to bring some of its home licenses to mobiles. “

At the same time, the group will also get their hands on a catalog of very popular franchises on smartphones and tablets: Farmville, Zynga Poker, Empires & Puzzles and even Words With Friends. “Casual” games (a game that is easy to access and intended for a very large audience) light years away from the DNA of Take-Two, which has made a name for itself with GTA or “Red Dead Redemption” games , titles with several hundred million dollars of development budget and requiring several years of production.

Mobile, the only growing segment of the sector in 2021

The fact remains that this alloy of two cultures at the antipodes has already proven its worth in the sector. “This operation is really to be compared to the takeover of King (Candy Crush) completed by Activision in 2016 and which has borne fruit for the latter,” rewinds Charles Louis Planade. At the time, Take-Two’s rival had spent nearly $ 6 billion for this operation. Since then, the weight of mobile gaming in the sector has only increased.

Last year, the video game segment was the only one in growth over one year, to 93.2 billion dollars, according to Newzoo. That is to say an increase of 7.3% compared to the year 2020. A performance all the more notable since all the other parts of the industry (home consoles, PC, browser games) fell over the same period after an exceptional 2020 financial year for the entire industry. For the first time in history, last year, mobile also generated more than half (52%) of the total revenue generated from game sales. A symbolic milestone.

The second largest transaction in the history of the sector

As a result, the historical publishers of PC and console games are now really deploying there after years of hesitation, sometimes fearing to “damage” the image of their noblest licenses with gaming experiences below those offered on other media.

A year ago, EA (Fifa) spent $ 2.1 billion to buy Glu, a publisher of mobile games who made a name for themselves with “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood”. One way to expand its catalog of titles dedicated to smartphones and tablets. A few weeks earlier, the American giant had also signed a check for 1.2 billion to acquire Codemasters (publisher of racing games on PC and home consoles) in the face and beard of a certain… Take- Two.

At the time, the publisher’s price suffered as a result, the financial markets then blaming him for his lack of transactional appetite. “We are in a position to conduct a number of deals,” replied Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. Last June, he first bought the Nordeus mobile studio for $ 225 million. A first response.

This Monday, he completed the second largest transaction in the history of the sector, ahead of the takeover of Supercell (“Clash of Clans”) by Tencent for 8.6 billion dollars in 2016 and behind the merger at nearly 19 billion between Vivendi Games and Activision in 2008 giving birth to Activision Blizzard.

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Authors’ films with commercial potential in an air gap



Posted on Jan 9, 2022, 12:51 p.m.

Superhero or nothing. As explained by the Comscore office which compiles the figures for the global box office which ends 2021 at 16 billion dollars, or a little more than half of that before the health crisis, the past year is that of the super- heroes, led by Spider-man, franchises and family films like “Tous en scène”.

“Films aimed at a more adult audience have struggled to attract a more reluctant and yet important audience category,” notes Comscore. We are not talking here about obscure films but what we call middle films, that is to say films of authors but with commercial potential. Those who make the charm of the Oscars and take the top of the charts for the best films of all time several years later. When “Spider-Man: No Way Home” hit $ 1.4 billion, Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake only grossed just under $ 50 million. On the American market alone, the last Guillermo del Toro “Nightmare Alley”, despite an impressive lineup of celebrities, peaked at 8 million.

The Chinese market is no longer a relay

“The Williams Method”, about the tennis champion sisters, is, with 27 million, one of Will Smith’s smallest successes. “The Last Duel”, by Ridley Scott, brought in only 30 million, a resounding failure for this kind of budget (100 million). The concern is all the greater since the Chinese market, which has taken the lead ahead of the American market, has closed itself off to mainstream authors’ films even though it sometimes provided generous additional income.

The phenomenon of the underperformance of the films of the medium is seen less in France, a country which supervises the cinema. The network of theaters creates a closer network for all audiences, the programming is more varied and the cinema culture is different. But “questions arise”, according to Eric Marti of Comscore. “Films like” Eiffel “,” Aline “or” Lost Illusions “had mixed results compared to their potential,” he explains. According to him, the analysis is “very complicated” this year because very dependent on the health situation. “The summer went very well for this kind of films,” he notes. In the fall, there was competition from other outings (theaters, concerts, etc.) which could play ”. The year also lacked blockbusters that pull the whole market up, like “Spider-Man” before Christmas.

The “Dont Look up” phenomenon

Even if the older public returned this summer to French cinemas and if family films attracting all generations did well at the end of the year (“Tous en scène”, “Les Tuche” …), the most The elderly remain more worried than the young, who rush to “Spider-Man”. Once the health crisis has subsided, audiences will no doubt return to the films in the middle, even if there are concerns about the health of the post-crisis independent distribution ecosystem. Concerns somewhat offset by what the filmmaker Paul Schrader (“American Gigolo”) explains in a recent interview with “Le Monde”. Films cost less to produce. “We’re really free,” he said.

Of course, even if the platforms compete above all with television or DVD more than the releases, questions arise about what the public is looking for after the periods of confinement often devoted to the small screen. The successes of some “mainstream” auteur films released by Netflix at the end of the year are of concern. The satire “Dont look up” on the reaction of American society to a comet going to destroy the earth in six months is undoubtedly the platform’s first feature film to truly “make an event” in the media hubbub. A performance normally reserved for theatrical releases …

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Houellebecq: the “cash machine” of literature



Posted on Jan 7, 2022 8:30 AMUpdated Jan 7, 2022, 9:26 AM

Whether it’s windy, rainy or there is a global health crisis and an approaching presidential election, the release of a new book by Michel Houellebecq is always a topic of discussion. From the Germanopratin microcosm to the mainstream media through tweets on Twitter. ” It’s always an event, something apart in literature », Notes Sophie Charnavel, director of Robert Laffont editions.

This Friday, the sixty-five-year-old writer released his eighth novel: “To annihilate”. With a chic cardboard cover (also called “hard cover”) on a very sober white background, this book is a beautiful object, justifying its price of 26 euros. With 300,000 copies printed by Flammarion, this 736-page block is already shaping up to be the major commercial success of this winter literary season. ” I’m just gonna put the books down in my store », Confides a bookseller installed in the 13e district of Paris.

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Orange’s succession turns into a puzzle



Posted on Jan 7, 2022, 9:07 amUpdated Jan 7, 2022, 7:24 PM

Who will succeed Stéphane Richard at the head of Orange? If, apparently, the process is going its course with three preselected candidates for the general management of the incumbent telecoms operator, behind the scenes, the equation promises to be very complex …

Officially, Ramon Fernandez, Deputy Managing Director Finance, Performance and Development of Orange, Christel Heydemann, Director of Orange and boss of Schneider in Europe, and Franck Boulben, a former Orange currently “chief revenue officer” at Verizon in the States -Unis are on the track, as announced by “Liberation” at the end of the week.

No infatuation

But if they were selected by the selection committee of the board of directors of Orange, none of them would be unanimous within the State, the largest shareholder of Orange. Credible candidate, Ramon Fernandez would not be “in the small papers” of the Elysee. The international profile of Franck Boulben could perhaps seduce, just like that of the polytechnician Christel Heydemann, even if neither of the two would arouse real enthusiasm. “A woman would represent the choice of modernity”, we hear backstage.

“There is this feeling at the Elysee Palace that the search for the right candidate has not been completed and that there may be other people to see”, explains a source familiar with the matter. However, many “big fish” have been approached for several months. “All politely declined,” says a good connoisseur of the case. It is a fact and above all a true paradox: Orange, one of the biggest groups in the CAC 40, does not make people dream!

A problem of attractiveness

First of all, the splitting up of the functions of chairman and managing director, desired by the State, has reduced the attractiveness of the post, in particular for “heavyweights”. Nicolas Dufourcq the boss of the BPI would have declined for this reason. Not sure, however, that the State wants to reverse this dissociation …

Then the presence of the State in the capital (23% of the shares) discourages more than it encourages candidates – even more foreigners – who fear too narrow a margin of maneuver. Finally, the salary, around a million for that of general manager, and 500,000 euros for that of chairman, is low compared to the salaries of the bosses of large French groups. Moreover, the president being non-executive, there is no longer any real stake in this post.

Extension of Stéphane Richard

It also appears less and less credible that a double appointment occurs before the deadline set of January 31. This deadline had been imposed by Bercy, anxious to show its resolution not to retain a boss convicted in court. But the weeks go by. The choice of the future general manager is not necessary and if he ever came from outside, his entry into office would necessarily be postponed in time. As for the recruitment of the president, it is all the less advanced since it is necessary to form a pair – ideally male / female and especially compatible personalities – with this elusive future CEO.

The hypothesis of an extension of Stéphane Richard beyond January 31 is therefore increasingly mentioned. Some even imagine him going to the end of his term in May. “He is not prevented. It is not Carlos Ghosn, held in a cell on the other side of the planet, ”comments a member of the group’s governing bodies. Even the unions who called for his immediate departure after his conviction admit that internally, “Stéphane Richard’s aura is not so tarnished. This will not cause an uproar in the company ”.

Still, Bercy, who had insisted on this tight schedule, would be forced to eat his hat. Given the difficulties, he could be forced to do so, but that will not dissuade the authorities from wanting this inextricable succession story to be resolved as quickly as possible: the government above all does not want it to disrupt the April electoral deadline.

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Record turnover for Samsung, still king of chips and smartphones


Posted on Jan 7, 2022, 10:34 a.m.Updated Jan 7, 2022, 5:25 PM

Despite component shortages, plant closures in countries hit by the Covid epidemic and consumer concerns, Samsung Electronics, the largest electronics group on the planet, posted the third highest profit in 2021 in all of its history.

On Friday, the South Korean giant said in a statement presenting an initial estimate of its latest financial results, which it believed to have generated an operating profit of 13.8 trillion won in the fourth quarter of last year (10, 1 billion euros), up 52% ​​compared to the same period of 2020. Over the year as a whole, this performance, which will be detailed at the end of January, enabled it to generate an operating profit of 51.570 billion euros. won, or more than 38 billion euros.

Record turnover

The group, which also achieved the highest turnover in its history last year – 279 trillion won – has benefited greatly from the surge in demand for semiconductors and memory chips that are now used in all. electronic products on the planet, from smartphones to air conditioners, including semi-autonomous sedans, video game consoles and surveillance cameras.

Like its competitors Micron and Hynix, Samsung has benefited throughout the year from orders for Dram and Nand chips placed by Apple, Sony, Xiaomi or Huawei. Its foundries, where the group produces components and processors designed by others, have benefited from an influx of contracts from Qualcomm, Tesla or Nvidia. Overwhelmed by demand, the group has also announced over 2021 massive investments in this industry to boost its production capacities. He notably revealed, at the end of November, that he was going to build, for a budget close to 17 billion dollars, a new foundry in Texas. It could be inaugurated in 2024.

This Friday, Samsung did not detail the performance of its division in charge of the brand’s smartphones but analysts believe that it also ended the year 2021 very well, thanks in particular to the popularity, in the high-end segment. , of its foldable models, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Still the world leader in the smartphone market, the group would have sold, in total, between October and December, 67 million mobile phones, according to projections by the firm Counterpoint . A figure 7% higher than that recorded in the last quarter of 2020 but still slightly below its performance in 2019 (70.4 million devices in the fourth quarter).

The threat of Covid in China

Analysts anticipate an equally solid year 2022 for the South Korean giant but continue to closely monitor the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic in China, where the group has numerous production bases. In recent days, they had worried about the strict confinement organized by the Chinese authorities in the city of Xi’an, where Samsung produces 42% of its Nand memory chips, which represents 15% of the planet’s needs.

If the company acknowledged, at the end of December, that it had had to adjust its production locally, without completely shutting down its factories, other major blocking sequences orchestrated by the Chinese regime, which is still trying to maintain a zero Covid strategy, could, in the coming months, cause more serious disruption for Samsung and all of the world’s electronics.

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Chinese box office turns its back on Hollywood



Posted on Jan 7, 2022, 6:31 PMUpdated Jan 7, 2022, 6:43 PM

Does Hollywood cinema still have a future in China? One thing is certain, he will not have been at the party in 2021, the year of the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party and of growing Sino-American rivalry. The Chinese box office recovered last year, driven by a reopening of dark rooms and the success of a patriotic epic breaking all records.

In a global context still disrupted by the Covid-19 epidemic, revenue reached 47 billion yuan in China ($ 7.4 billion), placing the Chinese market in first place in the world for the second year in a row, ahead of the American market.

The Chinese box office has rebounded significantly compared to a year 2020 when it had completely unscrewed (to 3 billion dollars) without however reaching the abyss of the American box office (2.3 billion). But it has still not returned to its pre-crisis level ($ 9.3 billion in revenue in 2019).

Local productions take over 85% of revenue

China pursues a policy of zero cases of Covid-19 and some cities have temporarily closed their theaters to avoid the slightest risk. There is also a more structural reason: “The epidemic has accelerated the viewing of films on the Internet at home,” explains Liu Haibo, professor at the Shanghai Film Academy. The time between theatrical release and the films uploading to platforms has also been greatly reduced ”.

Sign of the Hollywood decline in the Asian giant, the contribution of Chinese films has never been so strong in recent years. Local productions claim nearly 85% of revenue, according to figures released by the Chinese film administration. This share was 64% in 2019, 58% in 2016. “This situation is not only due to a sharp decrease in the number of film releases abroad due to the pandemic but also to the lack of attractiveness foreign films, which testifies to the evolution of the taste of Chinese viewers. This means that the disappearance of imported films could become a general trend in China, ”writes Pang Hongbo, columnist for Chinese media Yuemu Film.

Liu Haibo is more nuanced: “The quality of Chinese films is still very uneven and I do not think that on their own they can fully meet the expectations of Chinese viewers.” One thing is certain, Chinese films still fail to export.

In this centennial year of the CCP, the Chinese movie industry has played a patriotic cord. Released on 1er October, National Day, the film “The Battle of Changjin Lake” was a historic success. In just four days of operation, it established itself in the Top 10 of the global box office for 2021. Becoming the highest grossing film of all time in China in the space of two months, it dethroned “Wolf Warrior 2 ”, a feature film of 2017, also exalting the patriotic fiber, by collecting 5.6 billion yuan of receipts (781 million euros) in two months. “The Battle of Changjin Lake” is about an episode in the Korean War, when Chinese troops pushed back their American opponents on a North Korean battlefield in freezing temperatures.

The largest network in the world

While relations between China and America are under strain, President Xi Jinping encourages patriotic works and intends to counter Hollywood influence. Since April 2018, the Cinema Bureau has been placed under the direct control of the Party’s Propaganda Department. And this while the other cultural fields depend on the Ministry of Culture.

Last November, Beijing also unveiled its 14e five-year plan for the development of Chinese cinema with the objective of making China “a cinematographic power” by 2035. This notably involves a greater number of screens which will exceed 100,000 in 2025, against 82,248 at the end of 2021 , which already makes it the largest network in the world.

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The top 10 best-selling books in 2021


Posted on Jan 7, 2022, 11:15 a.m.

The irreducible Gauls still manage to conquer best-selling books this year.

The new Asterix opus is at the top of the ActuaLitté site ranking, according to provisional GfK data at the end of the year (90 to 95% of bookstores, supermarkets, specialist stores, etc.), for books that have come out. in 2021.

Musso, the Goncourt of the year and several successful authors feature prominently in this top 10, which also includes the work of Eric Zemmour. Detail of the prize list.

“Asterix and the Griffin” exceeds 1.5 million copies

The Asterix phenomenon has struck again. The 39th opus is at the top of this ranking, with 1.54 million copies and 15.2 million euros in turnover. According to its publisher Albert René (Hachette Livre), sales are even more likely to be 1.7-1.8 million with points of sale not counted by GfK (local supermarkets, gas stations, etc.).

It’s almost a classic. “Asterix is ​​number 1 like two years ago, four years ago. As always, that a new album comes out ”, specifies its editor. Thus, in 2019, GfK’s best-selling book list was dominated by “La fille de Vercingétorix” with 1.57 million copies sold.

But the release of the title by Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad also boosts the sales of the entire collection: 850,000 albums from 38 other volumes were sold this year, an increase of 13%. And, in total, some 385 million copies of Asterix – since the 1960s – have been sold, according to data from Albert René (Hachette Livre) at the end of October.

Two Mussos in second and third place

Guillaume Musso, who for more than a decade has been the best-selling fiction author in France each year, according to the “Le Figaro” -GfK ranking, is present on both the second and third step of the 2021 podium with “L ‘inconnue de la Seine’ (around 400,000 copies) and ‘La Vie est un roman’ in pocket (433,532 copies).

In total, the former economics teacher, who has written about twenty novels, has sold some 24 million books in France in total, according to his editor Calmann Levy.

The last Goncourt in fourth place

“The most secret memory of men” by young Senegalese author Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, crowned the 2021 Goncourt Prize, is in fourth position with 377,172 sales, according to ActuaLitté.

It’s more or less like the other Goncourt prices, since according to GfK, the average is 350,000 copies over the last five years.

However, it is less than “The anomaly” of Hervé Le Tellier, Goncourt Prize 2020, which had achieved a feat: at the end of 2020, it was more than 440,000 copies and last spring, its publisher Gallimard had announced that it had reached one million copies.

The work of Eric Zemmour in fifth place

“France has not said its last word” of the polemicist, now presidential candidate, recorded almost 283,000 copies sold, or some 6 million euros in turnover, according to calculations by ActuaLitté.

Eric Zemmour self-published with his own company, Rubempré. A necessity more than a choice after its publisher, Albin Michel, broke their link at the end of June, because of the polemicist’s political ambitions, a few weeks before the book’s release.

By comparison, “Le temps des tempêtes” by Nicolas Sarkozy was the bestseller of the summer of 2020 and peaked at 250,000 copies.

Virginie Grimaldi, Marc Levy, Leïla Slimani, Amélie Nothomb and Bernard Minier complete the ranking

“And that last only the sweet moments”, by Virginie Grimaldi, is in sixth place with almost 280,000 copies sold. Leïla Slimani slips to seventh place with “La guerre, la guerre, la guerre” (251,153 copies), while Marc Levy is in eighth for “9. It happened at night” (almost 234,000 copies).

Amélie Nothomb, winner of the Renaudot prize for “Premier sang”, and Bernard Minier (“La Vallée”) close the very closed ball of the very successful authors.