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Mubi gets $50m investment, plans China launch

Scripted-logo-460_2MubiAsian entertainment company Huanxi has invested US$50 million in arthouse film service Mubi, with a view to launching the video-on-demand offering in China.

The pair will form a joint venture to launch Mubi China later this year.

Huanxi will invest US$40 million in Mubi China and take a 70% stake in the business.

The remaining US$10 million will be invested in Mubi directly and will see Huanxi take an 8% stake of the curated SVOD service – an investment that values Mubi at US$125 million.

“As China’s movie market grows rapidly, the online video and movie sector is also expanding quickly. As a result, there is a growing demand by Chinese audiences for quality content online,” said executive director of Huanxi, Dong Ping.

Mubi China will offer subscribers a new film every day, with each title available to watch for 30 days – the same model that Mubi uses in its other international markets.

Commenting on the Mubi China launch, Mubi CEO and founder Efe Cakarel said through the partnership with Huanxi, it will “introduce a curated film offering in the country with the largest population in the world – and soon the largest film market in the world”.

London-headquartered Mubi is currently available in more than 200 territories globally. Huanxi invests in, produces and distributes movies in China, with founder Dong Ping formerly the founder and chairman of production company ChinaVision Media Group.