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Seminar for global film & TV masters kicks off in Ningbo

Four prominent masters in the US and European film and TV fields, including Ed Solomon, a famous Hollywood screenwriter, were invited to Ningbo to give lectures at the seminar for global film and TV masters held at Nantang Ancient Street on April 10. The seminar aims to improve the professional standard of the film and TV employees in Ningbo. 

Ed Solomon is a prominent writer, producer, director, screenwriter as well as farce actor, and his masterpieces include Men in Black, Now You See Me and the X-men series. He said this seminar was in the innovative ways of seminar rather than in the traditional lecture form, thus the trainers and the trainees may have open dialogues and interaction to share practice and experience in their work and get a better result for the training. 

The seminar will organize some discussions on the composing principles of the Hollywood screenwriters, the structure and style of the US film or TV stories, and the recognition of the attractiveness of the contemporary film and TV works to the Chinese audience, based on the case studies of the classical films or TV plays like Now You See Me. 

Besides Ed Solomon, the other three masters are Ryan Ro, a famous US director, and Dr. Julien Stringer and Dr. Nicky Lee, both from the University of Nottingham, UK

2017 China (Ningbo) Cultural Industries Fair to be held

At the press conference of the 2017 China (Ningbo) Cultural Industries Fair held by the organizing committee on the morning of April 10, Lin Daji, Deputy-director of the Propaganda Department of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Director of the organizing committee office of the fair, that this year's fair will be held at Ningbo International Conference and Exhibition Center from April 14 to 17. As is reported, this session will have a larger scale and higher quality compared with the last one. A series of activities will be held at the eight theme exhibition halls by the participating enterprises from 25 countries and regions in the world. The most attractive sights will be the large "blue whale" inflatable playground, which is even larger than a Boing 737 plane, the Drum Tower model set made up of 100,000 pieces of Lego blocks, and the animation exhibition which is at the highest level ever in Ningbo.

With eight exhibition halls (two more than for last year's session), the fair boasts a total area of 50,000 square meters. The eight halls are respectively for international products from the "one belt one road" countries, urban cultural creativity, intangible cultural heritage, culture & art, culture & technology, cultural creation & music, culture & leisure, and animation & electronic sports

Ningbo White-collar Workers Get Rmb6,812 on Average for Year-end Bonus

With less than half a month until the Spring Festival, year-end bonus naturally became the top concern of “nine-to-fivers”. A survey into the annual bonus of white-collar workers was derived from the Ningbo website of Zhaopin, a Chinese employment agency, in Jan. 12th. According to it, the average amount white-collar workers in Ningbo received is Rmb6,812. Of all the respondents, 46.2% said that they could get a bonus while another 15.4% were told their bonus had been delayed until after the New Year holiday.

Payouts also varied substantially with 19.8% getting less than Rmb1,000. Workers whose bonuses were between Rmb5,001 and Rmb10,000 occupied the largest proportion, reaching 31.6%. Besides, those with a bonus of Rmb1,001- 5,000 and Rmb10,001- 20,000 accounted for 28.9% and 15.5% respectively. And there were 4.2% claiming over Rmb20,000 income.

A high-tech firm in the High-tech Zone of Ningbo offered a huge bonus to its employers. “The company has showed excellent performance in 2017, totaling 0.5 billion in revenue. So the fruit of its development should be shared by all.” However, in another foreign trade company, employee Liu Pingping voiced her concern about her year-end bonus: “The general situation of the company in 2017 is quite stern. I suppose even though there were bonuses, they would be symbolic, without carrying much value.”

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Ningbo Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum held

On the morning of April 9, the Ningbo Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, sponsored by Peking University, was held in Fenghua District, attracting a large number of prominent entrepreneurship mentors and elite from home and abroad. This also marked the settlement of the Ningbo Maker Space by the Entrepreneurship Training Camp of Peking University in Fenghua District, which may be the largest domestic education and support platform for public-welfare entrepreneurship.

As is reported, the Maker Space will settle down at the Golden Bell Square at the corner of Qiaodong'an Road and East Changting Road, with such functional areas as the makers' café, the lean startup space and the incubator. The forum will last for three and a half day, during which period the attendees will have lectures and discussions on such hot topics as entrepreneurship, enterprise innovation, leadership of startup CEOs and transformation and upgrading of traditional enterprises. Meanwhile, the entrepreneurship training camp will organize the "board for camp members" to help the campers to solve the actural problems the enterprises encounter in their development

Ningbo Promotion Meeting for Cultural and Creative Industry held in Beijing

As a major event of the 2016 Ningbo (Beijing) Investment & Cooperation Fair, the 2016 Ningbo Promotion Meeting for Cultural and Creative Industry was held in Beijing on the morning of December 16. Wan Yawei, member of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Director of Publicity Department of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee, and Liang Qun, member of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Secretary of the Party Working Committee of Hangzhou Bay New Zone, attended the meeting. 
The promotion attracted a lot of attention from financial funds and investment organizations, and led to the signing of 18 cultural and creative projects, with the contract volume of 23.85 billion yuan. Among others, Poly Culture Group signed the agreement with the city to conduct the overall cooperation in such fields as art management and auction, film and TV production, performance and stage management, cultural tourism and cultural assets operation and management. Ningbo Daily Group signed an agreement with Ningbo Wanke Real Estate Development Co. Ltd. to build the "C-park", an urban education complex. 
According to the Publicity Department, in recent years, Ningbo Party Committee and Ningbo Government have attached great importance to cultural industry and have made strengthening the cultural industry a strategic task for the city, leading to the promising trend with growing speed, enlarging scale, optimized structure and improving clustering level. In 2015, there were 25856 cultural legal person units in Ningbo, with an added value for cultural and creative industry of 56.514 billion yuan, accounting for 7.1% of the total GDP of the city. Ningbo ranked No.2 in terms of the cultural and creative industry output, and its cultural manufacturing industry output ranked No.1 in Zhejiang Province. 

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