| NEW YORK April 24
NEW YORK April 24 AOL is making a push
into China with its digital video studio Makers, which struck a
partnership on Thursday with that country's privately held Sun
This is AOL's biggest effort in China since it was spun out
from Time Warner Inc almost five years ago.
China's Sun Media Group is helping Makers, which produces
documentaries focused on women, select and produce content to be
shown in China and abroad.
Sun Media is a privately held company founded by Bruno Wu
and his wife, the well-known talk show host Yang Lan. It
produces several TV shows, including Yang's show "Her Village,"
and publishes print and online publications.
The partnership with Makers will produce 10 documentaries
that will feature subjects like Hu-Shuli, a Chinese financial
journalist, and China's first female sociologist, Li Yinhe.
The programs will be distributed online in China through
portals such as Tencent, owned by Tencent Holdings,
and Sina.com, as well as on the AOL network.
Yang approached AOL about a year ago about a partnership
through AOL board director Pat Mitchell, the president and chief
executive of The Paley Center for Media organization.
"I have been doing women's programming for quite some time,"
Yang said in an interview. "I think there is a such a synergy
AOL's head of its home page and lifestyle brands, Maureen
Sullivan, said the partnership plans to distribute the content
and increase its audience rather than immediately focus on
Still, China represents a big opportunity for companies
seeking new audiences and revenue sources.
AOL has been looking abroad lately and has expanded several
of its brands to other countries, including The Huffington Post
news and opinion website.
AOL launched its consumer technology publication Engadget in
China in 2008. Last year, TechCrunch, another AOL technology
publication, partnered with China's tech blog TechNode to
relaunch the official Chinese language version of TechCrunch.
(Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York)