China has spent Billions in Hollywood in an attempt (apparently a successful one) to overtly control the narrative to American and global viewers.

It’s a well know fact among industry professionals (we’ve spoken to several industry insiders confidentially) that you do not produce any major series or film that has (not even a whisper) any negative Chinese sentiment. 

The funding stops if you do, and this is the problem with the not-so-creative entertainment industry today. 

A culture of acquiescing to Beijing’s censors is now the norm, and there’s little sign of it changing.

Hers is a cautionary tale—and a common one these days. No matter their clout in Hollywood, filmmakers and actors have always been subject to bosses who decide which movies get to soar at the box office and which are left to languish. Now, more than ever before, that boss is Beijing.

“China seems to have turned its back on Hollywood.”

The biggest Chinese movies of the past several years, by far, have tended to be “main melody films,” a genre unique to the Chinese industry that refers to quasi-propagandistic movies embodying the official ideologies of the Chinese Communist Party. The top local hits of the past year are representative: The Battle at Lake Changjin, which earned $899.4 million in 2021, and its sequel, The Battle at Lake Changjin: Water Gate Bridge, which has brought in $638 million since its Feb. 1 release. Both films are emotionally rousing war epics glorifying China’s victories over U.S. forces during key episodes in the Korean War (known in China as the “War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea”).

Hollywood has sold out America for Chinese funding and continues to go full two Jimmy happy with the loose pockets of what is likely a Xi state-sponsored media agenda.