China enters into cartoon biz.
A new cartoon channel is broadcasting in Shanghai from 6 a.m. to 12
midnight. The net, aimed at people of all ages, is part of an effort set
forth by China to improve its cartoon production, something often
associated with its neighbor, Japan. The programs featured will be
domestically produced and many will debut on the channel. Six media
groups in Shanghai have invested a total of 150 million yuan (U.S.$18
million) into the new station.
In Shanghai, about a dozen cartoon societies have emerged in
universities, and students at Shanghai Jiaotong University are offered a
course in cartoon making. New cartoon channels were recently launched in
the Beijing and Hunan provinces as well.