The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has linked up with Phoenix New Media Limited (FENG) to deliver a Canadian-branded online channel in China, NFB Zone, which will feature animated and documentary films for streaming, VOD and download-to-own. NFB ZONE will be the first digital channel designated to distribute Canadian content in Mainland China.
Under the agreement, ifeng has the exclusive right to air and redistribute NFB’s current content library of over 130 documentaries and animated films which will be updated regularly over the next three years. Beginning in late June 2012, the entire portfolio will be made available for both on-demand viewing and downloading on ifeng’s NFB ZONE channel.
Across its range of platforms and portals, FENG garners around 300 million page views each day. Last year FENG signed a similar deal with the BBC.
“We are excited that the NFB ZONE will be the first-ever online channel in Mainland China devoted to Canadian entertainment content. By leveraging ifeng’s prominent media brand in China, we are now able to deliver globally acclaimed NFB documentaries and animated films. These videos, showcasing Canada’s creativity and innovation, will be made available across ifeng’s multiple digital platforms. This collaboration represents the latest initiative for Canada’s producers and Chinese partners in seeking to strengthen cultural bridges between our two countries by leveraging state-of-the-art digital media distribution platforms,” said Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada.
Mr. Shuang Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix New Media, commented, “We are very pleased to partner with NFB, arguably the most reputable video content powerhouse in Canada. By offering Chinese audiences a dedicated channel to watch and interact with the best Canadian films, we will not only enhance NFB’s exposure and brand awareness amongst ifeng’s over 220 million monthly users, but we will also enrich ifeng’s video content library with differentiated and thought-provoking content. As one of the most influential media companies in China, we believe such an initiative continues to demonstrate our dedication to further promoting cultural communications between the Chinese and the rest of the world, in the pursuit of our mission of bringing China closer to the world.”
About Phoenix New Media Limited (FENG)
Phoenix New Media is one of the leading new media company providing premium content on an integrated platform across Internet, mobile and TV channels in China. Having originated from a leading global Chinese language TV network based in Hong Kong, Phoenix TV, the Company enables consumers to access professional news and other quality information and share user-generated content on the Internet and through their mobile devices.
SOURCES: NFB, Phoenix New Media (11/06/2012)