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Hollywood Bows to Chinese Censors While Courting Investors

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Hollywood film studios are courting Chinese investors to gain access to the world’s most populous nation, brushing aside concerns that their new partners will seek to censor the next generation of films and TV shows.

In the latest sign of the growing mutual interest, Dalian Wanda Group Co. said yesterday it’s in talks to acquire a stake in Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., maker of “The Hunger Games” films. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Chairman Jack Ma toured Hollywood in October seeking alliances, while Shanghai-based Fosun International Ltd. invested in Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, which is making films for Sony Corp.