This article showcases our top picks for the best China based Publishing companies. These startups and companies operate a variety of Publishing solutions. We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands. Regardless, they are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top China Publishing Companies
Cloudary Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides literature and other publications through Websites, offline publication, and wireless distribution in the People’s Republic of China. It operates an online community-driven literary platform that includes six original literature Websites comprising Qidian.com, Readnovel.com, Hongxiu.com, Xs8.cn, Xxsy.net, and Rongshuxia.com covering an array of genres, such as fantasy, wuxia, science fiction, mystery, and romance.
The company’s literary platform also provides community tools consisting of personal space, virtual gifting, book review bar, and forum.. .
Dongqiudi provides news, commentaries, league rankings as well as video streams of football matches across the world. It also sells sports wear and related merchandises on its smartphone app.
Dongqiudi has an English-language version called All Football, which according to the company has attracted 50 million users globally. In December 2016, the company raised $61 million in its series C round of financing from investors including Chinese home appliance firm Suning and Sequoia Capital China..
Shanghai Media Group
Shanghai Media Group (SMG) is one of the largest media and entertainment companies in China. SMG boasts the most valuable and comprehensive business portfolio including radio, TV, newspaper and magazine traditional media outlets, TV program/drama and motion picture productions and distribution, multiplatform video distribution such as IPTV and Internet TV, and online video offerings, digital advertising, online and console gaming, TV shopping and ecommerce , live and performing arts and tourism.
By the end of 2013, SMG had RMB 44.6 billion in assets and RMB 21 billion annual income. In terms of media outlets, SMG currently operates 15 satellite and cable networks, including news, entertainment, sports, finance, documentary, children networks, which are based on a free-to-air advertising business model.
Among its assets are China Business News, the premier business news content provider in China since 1993.. .
Happy Elements is a leading interactive entertainment company in Asia and is committed to bringing happiness to users worldwide. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Beijing, Happy Elements currently has nearly 600 employees, with offices and R&D centers in Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto and San Francisco.
They provide products and services in games, comic & animation, IP affiliated products, virtual idols etc. With over 150 million monthly active users, their “Anipop” is the most popular casual game in China and “Ensemble Star!” is the most popular male idol game and virtual idol group in Japan.
Right now, they are combing gaming and cutting-edge AI technology so that they create better interactive entertainment experience to bring happiness to users worldwide.. .
Meridian Capital is the leading TMT field of venture capital institution in China. They have a wide range of investment layout in the mobile Internet and media entertainment field and they have a vibrant and experienced investment team.
Meridian Capital’s investment area is relatively concentrated, and its investment can be regarded as investment within the industry. They have a wide range of layout-oriented investments in the core areas of industry such as culture and entertainment, consumption upgrades, Internet finance, and enterprise services, with the flow of inputs and realization methods.
It has a clear view of development in the industry and sub-industries. Social, online-business, education, health care, real-estate, car business, digital reading, digital marketing, music, film and television, games, entertainment community and etc, industrial cluster effect is obvious.
Since its inception in 2008, Meridian Capital is committed to focusing on investment in culture new media fields, currently it is mainly concerned with culture entertainment, consumption upgrading, Internet finance, and corporate service fields, it has issued 5 RMB funds, and 2 Singapore currency funds, whose total management size topped RMB 5 billion yuan, more than 100 Internet startup enterprises are its beneficiaries. Meridian Capital’s concern for culture new media field is consistently prominent..
Shenzhen Galaxy Interactive Technology Co., Ltd. was established in late 2013, is a collection of research and development, operations, distribution as one of the integrated mobile game business.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai and other places with wholly-owned subsidiary. The company owns the “Best Team”, “Streetball Alliance”, “The Biggest Dream of the Rabbit”, with the launch of the brand salted fish game, the research and development of the brand time machine studio, the Sansi San studio, the e-sports brand WUCG League, “Streetball one to one” and other industries vertical sub-field benchmarking products..
Docin (豆丁网) is a Chinese social reading platform that provides online users with reading materials. Users can share their documents and publish them on different blogs, forums, and platforms, as well as read pop books, periodicals, magazines, and various other literature.
Founded in 2007, Docin has a place among the top 400 global enterprises in the internet industry. The company currently owns practical documents, publications, and industry research reports in a wide range of over 100 million classifications and professional documents contributed by thousands of celebrities in various industries.
Docin encourages innovation and sharing, and safeguards the rights of the contributors.. .
Among developers of MMO games targeting the Middle East, Falafel Games has sold the most virtual items for the web browser (more than $1m) and has the most games in the top 100 grossing charts there (3/3, 100% hit rate). Rather simple: We’re the only developer of MMO games targeting the Middle East on the web browser, and one of a handful of MMO developers targeting the Middle East on mobile.
We do games with a heavy flavor of authentic Middle Eastern content; along with our distribution channels, makes us poised to dominate the Middle East. Are you interested in taking advantage of the underserved Middle East gaming market? Join us!.
Hangzhou Guomai Media publishes quality multi-media cultural products for the new middle class. Its products span four categories: literature, history, science, and religion.
Guomai is in close collaboration with writers such as Han Han, Anne Baby, Feng Tang, Yan Geling, An Yiru, and scholars such as Yi Zhongtian, Li Jihong, Zhao Chuang, Luo Yuming, and more. Guomai was founded in 2012 by publisher Lu Jinbo and other key people..
Huace Film & TV
Zhejiang Huace Film & TV is a comprehensive film and TV media group focused on investment, production, and distribution of film and television dramas. The company was established in 2005 in Hangzhou, China and listed on a Chinese growth enterprise board in October 2010.
Known as the “first shareholder in Chinese TV dramas”, the company has a market value of up to RMB 200 mln and has been honored to be ranked in the first position of all media companies in the “Top 100 Forbes China Most Listing Potential”. As the first brand in Chinese language film and TV content provision, the company has annual production of more than 1,000 episodes, 3-4 high-quality films, and created “Memories In China”, “Love in a Fallen City”, “Snow Leopard”, “Love Amongst War”, “The Magic Blade”, “The Battle Wizard”, “Million Bride 2”, “Fate of a Nation”, and “All In The Family” among a series of classic film and TV work.
The company continuously creates high viewership and high rating productions. Multiple works have received “Five-One Project” awards, “Sky High” awards, “Golden Eagle” awards, and other domestic and foreign TV drama high-end awards.
Of these, “Memories In China” received the “Seoul International Film Festival Highest Award Ranking” in 2009 in Korea. Huace Film & TV is a pioneer in China’s film and TV full industry chain development.
Through 8 years of development, the company focuses on its core business of film and TV, and has gradually formed a full industry deployment that covers investment and production, cinema lines, new media, advertising development, artist agents, internet games, and film and TV base construction. The company currently has 4 offices in Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, respectively and also possesses several dozen domestic and foreign branch companies including Golden Globe Films, Jinxi Film & TV, and Huace Film & TV International Media Co Ltd.
The company is China’s largest private film and television enterprise and possesses the most complete industry chain deployment. Huace Film & TV is also the most influential supplier of foreign film and TV markets for Chinese language programming and is a good cooperating partner for international firms and TV media colleagues! The company currently has more than 8,000 hours of programming distribution rights across the globe and has established friendly cooperations with media institutions in more than 90 countries and regions.
Founded in 2015, Yinhekuyu focuses on producing short videos, films and web TV dramas. In 2016, it cooperated with Youku to produced a popular Chinese entertainment TV show, Mars Intelligence Agency.
The show currently consists of two series and has attracted over a billion views and generated advertising revenue worth millions of RMB in the past year.. .
Kanshu.com is a domestic website for original novels. It also integrates the creation, reading, wireless value-added services, and off-line publishing of original novels and literature.
Up to date, Kanshu.com has provided creation and reading services for various genres such as fantasy, urban romance, online games, history, military, detective reasoning, and martial arts for over 3 million registered users with numerous contracted works, and daily independent users. Kanshu.com was established in 2004..
Mirage Interactive LLC is a game developer, successor of Mirage Media which was mainly game publisher and distributor. The original company was founded in 1988 and was the first Polish publisher of entertainment software for 8 bit computers.
In the later years it successively gained developing and publishing experience by producing games for popular 16-bit platforms like Amiga and PC.. .
Dook Book is a book publisher that also has digital media and film operations. Dook Book is a professional cultural institution with influence, marketing model, and production mode in China’s book industry .
It is a two-wheel drive company with values and methodology. From 2009 to 2016, it has been listed on the list of Forbes China’s Most Promising Enterprises for eight consecutive years.
In 2016, Dook Book was officially established with the mission of “ inspiring personal growth ”, including stimulating the reader’s spiritual growth, knowledge structure growth and survival skills growth.. .
Happy Industry (快乐工场) is a company focused on network literature comic manufacturing, publishing, copyright and services. Currently, its subordinate signatory adapted comic works of network literature have passed 100 and preferential adapted comic works have passed 40,000.
Happy Factory has reached cooperation agreement with top five domestic network literature websites, and its signatory network literature works have passed 100. The monthly simultaneous comic works have passed 30.
Comic works that are issued through agents exceed a number of 300.. .
ChinaDaily is a news organization that provides information, analysis, comments, and entertainment for global readers with a special focus on China. ChinaDaily has eight website clusters and three mobile platforms.
Its readership mainly comprises of high-level officials, diplomats, executives, and academics. Having firmly established itself as an English language news organization in China, ChinaDaily also publishes the Hong Kong, U.S., European, African, Asian, and Latin American editions of the flagship brand with a total circulation of 900,000.
ChinaDaily was founded on June 1, 1981, and is headquartered in Beijing, China.. .
China Literature is a pioneer of the online literature market and operates a leading online literature platform in China. The Company’s shares were listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code 0772 on November 8, 2017.
China Literature is a market leader as measured by the scale and quality of writers, readers and literary content offerings. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had 7.7 million writers and 11.2 million online literary works, covering over 200 genres and reaching millions of readers.
During 2018, the Company had on average 213.5 million monthly active users on its platform and its self-operated channels on partner distribution platforms. The Company owns nine major branded products, among which QQ Reading serves as a flagship product and is a unified mobile content aggregation and distribution platform, while the other products focus more specifically on individual genres and their respective fan bases.
China Literature’s blue-chip shareholder and strategic partner, Tencent, provides the Company with exclusive content distribution access via its suite of leading mobile and Internet products, including Mobile QQ, QQ Browser, Tencent News, Weixin Reading and Tencent Video. The Company also licenses the content to third-party partners such as Baidu, Sogou, JD.com and Xiaomi Duokan for distribution, thus further broadening its user reach..
YOOZOO GAMES Co., Ltd. (SZ.002174) is a world-leading provider of interactive entertainment.
YOOZOO Games implements the strategies of big data, globalization, and quality products to achieve integrated development across four major arenas: globalized game R&D and publishing, IP management, big data and intelligent technology, and pan-entertainment industry investment. .
Beijing ELEX Technology Co., Ltd. was founded in 2008 and headquartered in Beijing, with branches offices, R&D and custom service center in St.Paul, Nanjing and Hefei.
ELEX is an influential game provider in non-English speaking game and software markets of the world, having established a strategic partnership with leading Internet companies such as Tencent. ELEX’s business covers more than 30 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin-America, and provides high-quality gaming, software and Internet services for over 40 million users all over the world.
ELEX’s gaming business covers the field of social games, browser games and wireless games. As the NO.1 social game developer in Asia, ELEX holds nearly 20 million users.
The social games of ELEX such as “Happy Harvest”, “Happy Harvest 3” and “City Life” not only have excellent performance on global platform such as Facebook and Google, but also cover over 20 leading localized platforms in Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, achieving a global three-dimensional and covering a full range of users. Since 2010, ELEX has published a variety of high-quality browser games including DDTank in Latin American and European markets through its own gaming platform 337.com, having met with great favor by more than 20 million users.
With its impressive millions DAU, 337 has become the most competitive gaming platform in local markets, and also the first Chinese gaming website included in the Top 1000 gaming websites by Google statistics. Moreover, since having established the wireless department in 2011, ELEX has independently developed many mobile games.
ELEX has shown great promise in the wireless field and grown into a cross-language and cross-platform gaming service provider. As the leader as well as the pioneer of overseas of Chinese gaming industry, ELEX not only focuses on providing high-quality services, but also commits himself to the continued development of gaming industry.
Global Times is an English-language Chinese newspaper under the People’s Daily newspaper, focusing on international issues. The newspaper’s readers, both foreign and Chinese, include ambassadors, business leaders, politicians, and intellectuals.
Global Times particularly focuses on expressing Chinese people’s feelings, sharing their opinions and standpoints on significant international issues and promoting their understanding of the global views on China. English edition of Global Times is printed in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an and Wuhan.
The newspaper has more than 500 special correspondents and contributors posted around the world. Their interviews and reports help establish the unique and comprehensive voice of the Chinese-language Global Times and their stories are featured on Global Times’ official website.
The English edition of Global Times was launched in 2009.. .
China Radio International
China Radio International is a state-run radio station broadcasting to a global audience. It covers both domestic and global affairs, and it is committed to promoting understanding and friendship between China and the world.
It uses 61 languages and has the most language services among all global media organizations. China Radio International went online in 1997 with the test-launch of its English-language website.
As of 2011, China Radio International had 70 overseas urban radio service branches, three domestic FM radio services, and 18 Internet radio services. It has stablished 32 overseas correspondent bureaus, and by cooperating with international news agencies and media groups, including the Associated Press and Reuters, it offers timely and comprehensive coverage of global events.
China Radio International has 4,112 listeners’ clubs located around the globe. In 2011, it received more than 3 million pieces of feedback from its listeners in 161 countries and regions.
China Radio International was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Beijing.. .
Youmi Technology is a global mobile advertising and marketing platform with outstanding effects. Founded in 2010, it focuses on new marketing services driven by big data + artificial intelligence.
It owns Miyun, effect advertising, overseas advertising and new media business. It is an advertiser.
“Value connector” with the flow master. With innovative advertising products, advanced delivery technology, and refined project operation experience, Youmi can achieve full media coverage on the mobile terminal, build a mobile marketing closed loop, help advertisers achieve “product quality resonance” of brand communication and effect promotion, and help The media side realizes the best revenue of traffic realization..
ChineseAll Digital Publishing
Chinese Online (中文在线) is a company focused on digital publishing. It provides digital reading products to mobile phones, hand-held terminals, and the internet as well as other media.
Chinese Online takes copyright organizations and authors as the genuine digital content source, and collaborates with them to manage the content. It also offers value-added services of digital content such as copyright derivatives and more.
As a leading enterprise of digital publishing domestically, Chinese Online has established a complete media publishing model of unique content, variety in media and synchronized publishing.. .
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited
Shanda Group was founded in 1999. 50 million venture capital started early in the online gaming business, after years of development, now has developed into a self-owned assets over 500 billion worth of major cultural investment holding group.
The main focus in the game, literature, media, publishing, and actively expand cultural and related derivatives industry, including private equity investments in the form of investments, venture capital, real estate investment management and hedge funds. Shanda will firmly adhere to innovation as the soul to the Internet as the core, the cultural industry as the basis, constantly expanding to neighboring industries to develop into a world-class cultural investment holding group and make unremitting efforts..
The Beijing News
The Beijing News is a daily newspaper that covers the latest local and international news. It was the first formally approved regional and political newspaper of China’s first joint-stock structure.
The Beijing News was launched in 2003 and is operated from Beijing, China.. .
Gentlemen Marketing Agency
Gentlemen Marketing Agency is a digital marketing company based in Shanghai that helps foreign countries develops their business in China; reach and communicate to their Chinese consumers. Their agency has profound understanding in both western and Chinese culture simply because their members are professional culturally-conscious marketers from both the West and China.
As a result, you can find outstanding efficiency and ROI in their service. Besides, to make sure that their clients can use the latest marketing tools, they always keeps up with the latest marketing trend in China..
TGBus – VideoBus
TGBus – VideoBus is a web-based online gaming portal that provides downloadable games and features, news, and forums on its platform. Its goal is to help players exchange information and share their views and ideas with one another.
TGBus – VideoBus was launched in September 2004 in Shijingshan, China.. .
Fiberead aims to help authors self-publish foreign language version of their works. They wish to change the publishing industry by giving authors the ability to reach global marketplaces in foreign languages.
Something that isn’t currently offered to authors without conventional agency representation. They are about setting authors free, and providing contemporary readers with a much richer world of books to choose from..
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