Dec 4 Walt Disney Co and BesTV New Media
are to form a digital joint venture in China as the
U.S. company aims for a share of the country's fast-growing
The venture, which will have a registered capital of $4
million, will be 51 percent-owned by China's BesTV, with
Disney's unit TWDC Shanghai Enterprises LLC taking the rest, the
companies said in separate statements.
China's entertainment and media market is expected to grow
to $148 billion by 2015 from around $120 billion in 2013,
according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' outlook for the global
entertainment and media business 2011-2015.
"The China digital landscape and industry is expanding and
changing exponentially," Stanley Cheung, Disney's managing
director in Greater China, said in a statement. He said the
joint venture with BesTV aimed to serve Chinese consumers across
The joint venture aims to provide family entertainment using
both companies' technical and marketing expertise, Disney said.
BesTV, the digital media unit of the Shanghai Media Group,
plans to invest around $8 million to develop content and
marketing, it said.
BesTV said it has the largest new media outlets in China,
including smart phones, mobile TV and online streaming.
Earlier this year, the Chinese Internet TV firm also formed
a joint venture with Microsoft Corp with a registered
capital of $79 million to focus on family games and