Posts Tagged ‘China’

ClandesTime 164 – China’s Influence in Hollywood

ClandesTime 164 – China’s Influence in Hollywood

China is without doubt a major player in Hollywood. Both private investment and state regulations and censorship have played a significant role in the American movie business in recent years. This week I examine the Chinese influence on Hollywood, both in terms of the shape of the industry and the ...
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Cultural Protectionism?  The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

Cultural Protectionism? The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

In 1994 the Chinese government first allowed Hollywood films to be distributed within the country.  Since then the US and China have been in a near-constant state of negotiations over import quotas, profit sharing and market access.  In 2007 the US brought a case before the World Trade Organisation, arguing ...
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The Pentagon's China Syndrome

The Pentagon’s China Syndrome

While some senior military officials have spoken openly about the possibility of a war between the US and China, the entertainment liaison offices appear to be working to ensure that doesn't happen. Perhaps surprisingly, they have refused to support films, TV shows and video games where China is the adversary ...
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National Security Cinema - Responses to FAQs

National Security Cinema – Responses to FAQs

Since launching National Security Cinema last year, Matt and I have encountered a lot of questions about the field. These are our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and Comments about entertainment liaison offices and the politics of Hollywood films ...
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ClandesTime 155 - Production Assistance Agreements or How the Pentagon Broke the Rules for Transformers

ClandesTime 155 – Production Assistance Agreements or How the Pentagon Broke the Rules for Transformers

Most government agencies sign contracts with Hollywood producers when they agree to provide support on a film or TV show. These are called Production Assistance Agreements, and set out the legal terms of the partnership between the government and the production company. In this episode I explore these contracts, how ...
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ClandesTime 125 - Why Can't You Film at Langley Any More?

ClandesTime 125 – Why Can’t You Film at Langley Any More?

The first movie to film at CIA Headquarters at Langley was Scorpio in the early 1970s. The last major film was Argo in 2012. Sometime in 2014 the CIA stopped letting film-makers shoot footage on the CIA campus. This week I examine this decision by analysing the last two films ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Tomorrow Never Dies

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies is perhaps the most military-heavy Bond film of recent times, benefiting from production support from both the British and American armed forces. Despite this the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison Phil Strub denied that they provided any assistance to the film-makers. This document proves that Strub is not telling ...
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ClandesTime 086 - The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War

ClandesTime 086 – The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War

The Soviet-Afghan War helped bring down the Soviet Union and encouraged the rise of Al Qaeda and Islamism. The films about this war have been sponsored by both Western governments - Britain, the USA and Israel - and by Russia. This week I look at these films, their state sponsorship ...
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ClandesTime 072 - The Pentagon in Hollywood: The Enemy Image

ClandesTime 072 – The Pentagon in Hollywood: The Enemy Image

The philosophy of Carl Schmitt asserts that for a state to be identifiable and legitimate it has to employ an enemy image - the perception of a threat from the Other. In this episode we explore whether this philosophy has been adopted by the Pentagon as part of their operations ...
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ClandesTime 070 - Fun With FOIA: Part II

ClandesTime 070 – Fun With FOIA: Part II

This short episode is an update on my recent Freedom of Information fun. I talk about my successful and not so successful requests to the Pentagon and my ongoing struggle with the Foreign Office to reveal further details of their involvement in the entertainment industry. Finally I outline my efforts ...
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The Pentagon and the World's Biggest Film Franchises

The Pentagon and the World’s Biggest Film Franchises

The world's biggest films now regularly take over a billion dollars in revenue, and the world's biggest film franchises are multi-billion dollar businesses. What has never been reported before is that 6 of the top 10 (and 14 of the top 25) highest-grossing film franchises have been supported by government ...
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ClandesTime 056 - Covert Currency War? Or It's all gone a bit Pacific Rim

ClandesTime 056 – Covert Currency War? Or It’s all gone a bit Pacific Rim

The recent explosions in Tianjin, Quingdao and at a US military base in Japan have grabbed a lot of attention and inspired conspiracy theories. In this episode I offer a brief meditation on what the real story is, and how the alt media has no interest in it, and present ...
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