The Write and the Wrong

Is there a guaranteed formula for a blockbuster film? A definite strategy that will ensure the movie produced will in fact bring in the cash?

In an industry where, let’s face it, making money is one of the most important things, it is not surprising that many scriptwriters feel pressured to change their scripts to suit the film studios’ ‘idea’ of a blockbuster. This often results in screenwriter seeing their work butchered and the storyline changed and sometimes even without prior knowledge.

Here is a recent article from The Guardian which looks at the “heavy-handed script editing’ by film bosses. Many scriptwriters see this as an insult to their work and profession, accusing film bosses of bleeding the industry of actual talent.

Suffice to say, independent films don’t suffer as much from this ‘heavy-handedness’ as compared to the films which are produced by larger studios.

But when push comes to shove, what will you do if you were a scriptwriter? Would you sacrifice getting your script made into a film because you do not want to change anything or would you give in? Where will you draw the line?

News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 2

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Facebook launches site against cyberbullying ; Bullying prevention site urges action by giving advice to cyberbullies and victims
TODAY (Singapore), 10 February 2015, 395 words, Matthias Tay, (English)
SINGAPORE — In an effort to stand up to cyberbullying, Facebook and the Media Literacy Council (MLC) have launched a bullying prevention website to teach the public what they can do about cyberbullying, using simple step-by-step guides.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself online
TODAY (Singapore), 10 February 2015, 940 words, Stephanie Hung, (English)
Singapore is one of the most wired cities in the Asia-Pacific, coming in fifth after South Korea, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. Its population of 5.47 million is also one of the most connected via social media, boasting the …

Cyber security, more inclusive internet structure key for connected economies: Yaacob
Channel NewsAsia, 22:55, 9 February 2015, 538 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: A multi-stakeholder approach to internet governance and cyber security are two issues that will be key for Singapore and any connected society and economy, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the …

Bahrain confirms suspension of Saudi-owned news channel
Channel NewsAsia, 22:05, 9 February 2015, 442 words, (English)
MANAMA: Bahrain said on Monday it had suspended the operation of a new satellite news channel owned by a Saudi prince shortly after its launch because it had not done enough to combat “extremism and terrorism”.

The next 50 years of Singapore’s security
Straits Times, 7 February 2015, 1424 words, (English)
Ho Kwon Ping, the first Institute of Policy Studies S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, delivered his third lecture this week with the focus on security and sustainability. Here is an edited excerpt from his speech.

BY INVITATION; Integration, S’pore style: A mix of laws and social norms
Straits Times, 7 February 2015, 1614 words, Chan Heng Chee, For The Straits Times, (English)
One month after the Paris killings of staff at Charlie Hebdo magazine, the writer traces Singapore’s own journey in integrating minority communities.

Blogger Xiaxue obtains Protection Order against SMRT Ltd (Feedback)
TODAY (Singapore), 7 February 2015, 405 words, Valerie Koh, (English)
SINGAPORE — Prominent blogger Wendy Cheng, better known by her moniker Xiaxue, has obtained a Protection Order against Facebook page SMRT Ltd (Feedback) for repeated harassment against her and her family — in a rare instance where such an …

Twitter, Google to make tweets more searchable
TODAY (Singapore), 6 February 2015, 326 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has struck a deal with Google to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.
In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they are posted, thanks to …

The rise of public opinion means new rules for dictators
TODAY (Singapore), 6 February 2015, 1347 words, Robert Kaplan & Dafna Rand, (English)
The concept of dictatorship is badly in need of revision. The old model of remote tyrants inflicting arbitrary, often eccentric, edicts on their cowed or indoctrinated subjects, with few constraints on their behaviour and few threats to …

Mockingbird sequel gets published
Straits Times, 5 February 2015, 1023 words, (English)
Go Set A Watchman set 20 years later, but was written before Harper Lee’s famous book
New York – For more than half a century, To Kill A Mockingbird has stood apart as a singular American literary masterpiece, a perennial bestseller that has …

From Print to Screen and Back Again

Movie novelization

How do films and television series maintain their popularity after their time in the spotlight has ended?

One way is to turn to the publishing world. Many series and movies franchise their stories to books or comics —  think James Bond, Star Wars and now Sons of Anarchy. The irony of this is many series and movies started out as printed works in the first place.

For the most part,  this is a marketing tool to make sure the characters stay fresh in the minds of the fans, and at the same time trying to appeal to a whole new group of people. Plus it is also a great way to bring in extra revenue.

A recent article in the New York Times, talks about this very strategy. It is interesting to look at the pros and cons of such a strategy. Vanity Fair, also did a story on this, you can read the article here. Novelization, as it is called, is not a new practice, it has been around for a while, and did you know there is even an ‘International Association of Media Tie in Writers’. The organisation supports these writers and promotes best practices.

There is more than meets the eye to novelization. It does play a part in the big media business cycle, but as technology changes the way people talk about content on the big and small screen, is there still a market for such material and if not, what does the next chapter of the industry look like?

News You Can Use – February 2015 – Issue 1

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Too much English on Tamil, Malay TV: MDA report
Straits Times, 3 February 2015, 525 words, Sarah Giam, (English)
Too many English words and phrases are being interspersed with Malay and Tamil on television channels such as Suria and Vasantham.
This is one of the concerns expressed in the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) first combined annual report …

Improving lives, one story at a time
Straits Times, 3 February 2015, 420 words, Olivia Ho, (English)
READING the papers may leave you feeling overwhelmed, with the news often dominated by the many challenges facing the world.
This June, however, a special Saturday supplement will zoom in on the solutions to some of these problems – and you …

MDA hails better PSB programmes
TODAY (Singapore), 3 February 2015, 331 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — A combined annual report issued by four committees under the Media Development Authority (MDA) has commended improvements in the production quality of Public Service Broadcast (PSB) programmes here.

Memory keepers
Straits Times, 1 February 2015, 1900 words, Lydia Vasko, (English)
There are many ways to preserve your holiday memories, from physical scrapbooks to mobile apps
When travellers return from the year-end holiday season, their digital archives will have expanded like their waistlines, and the question soon …

Economist gets first female editor in 172 years
Straits Times, 1 February 2015, 687 words, Paul Zach, (English)
International news media hails choice of business affairs editor as a ‘breakthrough’
When Britain’s respected weekly, The Economist, found out it was losing its editor-in-chief in December, it took the unusual step of e-mailing a list of 13 …

China mulls over rating system for TV shows
MyPaper, 30 January 2015, 447 words, (English)
FOLLOWING the re-editing of controversial historical television series The Empress Of China, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) media watchdog said it is looking into providing a rating system for …

MDA clarifies scope of Remote Gambling Act
TODAY (Singapore), 29 January 2015, 505 words, Kelly Ng, (English)
SINGAPORE — The new Remote Gambling Act will not cover games that do not allow players to receive money or exchange game credits for cash prizes, the Media Development Authority (MDA) clarified yesterday, following discussion with 10 …

Get lost in Facebook’s VR short film
MyPaper, 28 January 2015, 399 words, (English)
FACEBOOK’S Oculus VR is getting into movies, with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality (VR) films, and premiered its first short piece at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday.

On Location in Singapore


This year Singapore turns 50, and there is a wide range of celebrations going on all over the island to commemorate the past 50 years.

To join in with this nostalgic celebration here is a perfect book, ‘The World Film Locations – Singapore’. The book looks back at some the of the best films made in Singapore, by our local directors, through iconic Singapore landscapes.

Some of these places have changed quite a bit, while others still remain the same. But it gives readers a chance to look at the then and the now and maybe give inspiration to a new generation of film makers as well.

This book is part of the ‘World Film Locations’ series, which looks at different film locations around the world. The other books in the series can be viewed here.

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 4

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Hong Kong media manipulated by officials, says report
Straits Times, 27 January 2015, 434 words, (English)
HONG KONG – A report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has warned of “intervention behind the scenes” of Hong Kong’s media as fears grow over press freedom and interference from Beijing.

Ikea bookbook ad propels agency to ‘world top 3’ status
Straits Times, 27 January 2015, 439 words, Cheryl Faith Wee, (English)
ITS advertisement for Ikea appeared to spoof that for tech giant Apple’s mega-thin MacBook laptops, featuring the store’s furniture catalogue as an 8mm “bookbook”.

MediaCorp reorganises to sharpen customer focus
TODAY (Singapore), 27 January 2015, 359 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — MediaCorp announced yesterday a major reorganisation, moving away from traditional media lines towards a focus on consumers and their preferences.

Public opinion sinks ‘fishing-boat prison’ idea
Straits Times, 26 January 2015, 1006 words, Tan Hui Yee Thailand Correspondent In Bangkok, (English)
SOMETHING unusual happened in Thailand recently: The government canned its plan to send prisoners to work on fishing boats.
It marked one of the few occasions when a policy mooted by the kingdom’s military rulers – that went as far as it did …

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH CLARA CHEO; Creating cinematic memories
Straits Times, 26 January 2015, 1757 words, John Lui, (English)
Apart from pushing expansion and renewal plans, Golden Village’s first female head, Clara Cheo, works to keep the cinema chain ahead of competitors

Rise of social media brings threat, opportunity to Cambodia’s rulers
TODAY (Singapore), 23 January 2015, 756 words, (English)
PHNOM PENH — The CCTV footage is blurry but graphic. A gunman stands over a cringing victim, firing bullet after bullet into his body until the Phnom Penh street is spattered with blood.

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 3

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Former president S R Nathan shares his concerns in new book
Straits Times, 20 January 2015, 628 words, Walter Sim, (English)
He dwells on rising discontent in society and how new media altered tone of political debate
FORMER president S R Nathan says he is concerned by an atmosphere of rising discontent in Singapore society, in a new book launched yesterday.

Analytics firm to track video viewers across devices ; Initial research shows digital viewership for television networks increased as much…
TODAY (Singapore), 20 January 2015, 451 words, (English)
NEW YORK — People are spending an exploding amount of time watching video on their mobile phones or streaming programmes to their television sets, but so far the industry has struggled to track that behaviour.

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Yeoh Siew Hoon; Writing to ride the Internet
Straits Times, 19 January 2015, 1846 words, Melissa Kok, (English)
A thirst for travel inspired journalist Yeoh Siew Hoon to start a website for the industry
As a young girl growing up in the tiny state of Penang in the 1960s, Malaysian writer and tourism veteran Yeoh Siew Hoon dreamt of leaving her …

YouTube voters live in a different world
The New Paper, 17 January 2015, 686 words, FOO JIE YING, (English)
Like Mr Lee said, his parents kept going back to World War II and Japanese Occupation while the generation that came after will remember the post-independence struggle. We feed off …

Printer declines to include image
The New Paper, 17 January 2015, 303 words, (English)
The Economist pulls page with Charlie Hebdo cover
The Economist magazine has pulled a page that would have included a picture of French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s latest cover from its latest edition printed in Singapore.

Charlie Hebdo and the hold of absolute values
Straits Times, 17 January 2015, 729 words, Bilahari Kausikan, (English)
THE world rightly condemned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. The tragedy has spawned hundreds of commentaries around the world. Is there really a need for yet another one? Most have predictably cast the issue in terms of freedom of …

Balancing freedom and responsibility in the British press
Straits Times, 15 January 2015, 887 words, Roy Greenslade, (English)
WHY did the British press, unlike some newspapers elsewhere in Europe, refuse to republish the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that led to the slaughter of 12 Charlie Hebdo staff?

PARIS SHOOTINGS; Lessons from France for Singapore
Straits Times, 15 January 2015, 806 words, Sanjay Perera For The Straits Times, (English)
THE brutal deaths of 17 people in Paris, once regarded as the city of dreams and the cultural capital of the world, are having a devastating effect on France.

To publish or not to publish: The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ dilemma in India
Channel NewsAsia, 21:25, 14 January 2015, 417 words, (English)
NEW DELHI: Editors and publishers in India have been in two minds about whether to publish the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a mark of respect to the murdered cartoonists.

SPH, INKEF invest in social media news curation platform
Business Times Singapore, 14 January 2015, 492 words, Jacquelyn Cheok, (English)
CROWDYNEWS – a Netherlands-based social media curation platform for media companies – has raised 2.5 million euros (S$3.95 million) in Series A funding, in a round led by Dutch venture capital firm INKEF Capital and joined by the …

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 2

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Trade association aims to get sites that promote online piracy blocked
Channel NewsAsia, 11:49, 13 January 2015, 645 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The blocking of websites which promote online piracy may soon become a reality in Singapore, with at least one entertainment-related trade association planning to take action.

8 QUESTIONS WITH TIM SHAW; From radio gimmicks to science stunts
Straits Times, 12 January 2015, 1056 words, Phoebe Low, (English)
TV host Tim Shaw is turning to his inner geek to create and explain science experiments that everyone understands
British TV host Tim Shaw once angered his wife so much that she sold his luxury sports car on eBay for £0.50.

A shocking truth
Straits Times, 10 January 2015, 323 words, Andrew Heslop, (English)
THEY are alarming statistics. 61 dead. 70 dead. 74 dead. 47 dead. 44 dead. 74 dead.
These figures represent the number of journalists who have died each year from 2009 through 2014. More than 1,100 have been killed in the line of duty since …

Cartoonists – the ‘mad men’ of journalism
Straits Times, 10 January 2015, 705 words, Tom Plate For The Straits Times, (English)
AS THE editor in charge of the opinion pages of newspapers in New York and Los Angeles, what was the hardest part of my job? Dealing with annoying, demanding bosses? Calming down angry readers? Smoothing the enormous egos of neurotic …

Debate begins over newspaper’s provocative style
TODAY (Singapore), 9 January 2015, 453 words, (English)
PARIS — It did not take long for the debate to begin over whether the editor of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo and his staff were somehow to share in the blame for their tragic deaths by deliberately provoking Muslim anger with their satirical …

Arts House director resigns
Straits Times, 8 January 2015, 421 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
William Phuan, who will step down this month, will still be a part of Singapore’s arts scene
After nearly six years with The Arts House, Mr William Phuan, 43, has resigned as its director and will leave at the end of this month.

I want my TV ; Better-quality productions have upped the appeal of television
TODAY (Singapore), 7 January 2015, 1148 words, Hon jingyi Hon Jing Yi, (English)
Here’s a confession: I am a television addict. But boy, is it an exciting time to be one.
I spend hours every day watching not only British and American shows such as Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, The Good Wife and Veep, but also …

News You Can Use – January 2015 – Issue 1

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Unbelievable China movies
Straits Times, 5 January 2015, 830 words, Nury Vittachi, (English)
Hong Kong – A few years back, I got a call from a film director based in China who had read one of my detective novels.
“Can you help me write a screenplay for a crime story?” he asked. “The tricky thing is that it’s set in Beijing, so no …

CW Network is now pregnant with promise
Straits Times, 5 January 2015, 858 words, (English)
New York – It is the tale of a 23-year-old named Jane, a virgin, who becomes pregnant after she is artificially inseminated – accidentally.
Outlandish, thought Jennie Urman, a veteran producer, when she heard the story line of a popular …

Unlocking India’s vast literature
Straits Times, 5 January 2015, 1058 words, (English)
Harvard University Press will release dual-language volumes that open up India’s pre-colonial past
New York – When the Loeb Classical Library was founded in 1911, it was hailed as a much-needed effort to make the glories of the Greek and …

OUTLOOK 2015: TECHNOLOGY; Cyberattacks seen getting more sophisticated
Business Times Singapore, 30 December 2014, 1279 words, Amit Roy Choudhury , (English)
Hackers expected to raise their game; cloud computing, Big Data, data analytics and the Internet of Things also poised to grow
THE year-end is when people unwind from the stress of the year and recharge themselves for the year …

Big Trends: The next big Internet thing
The Edge Singapore, 29 December 2014, 1539 words, By Joan Ng, (English)
SingTel, StarHub and M1 could see new opportunity for growth as the Internet of Things gains scale
Imagine being gently awakened by your bedroom lights, which turn on when the sun rises or your alarm rings. As you head off to work, your …

Chiung Yao wins plagiarism case against scriptwriter
Straits Times, 27 December 2014, 395 words, (English)
Beijing – Popular Taiwan romance novelist Chiung Yao has won her plagiarism case against Chinese scriptwriter Yu Zheng, a Beijing court announced on Thursday.

Winners of photo ‘Oscars’ to go on show
Straits Times, 27 December 2014, 332 words, Samantha Goh, (English)
THE annual World Press Photo exhibition will be returning to Singapore next month, bringing together 151 award-winning photographs from different countries. The showcase, which has been hailed as the “Oscars” of photo-journalism, selects …

New Year, New Look for Library Xpress!

We bring to you a new look for Library Xpress in 2015! Browse through the e-newsletter below!

Volume 10 Issue 1 features these informative articles:

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 4

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In China, a rapid jump in mobile advertising ; Homegrown social media networks such as Weixin and Sina Weibo at centre of digital push
TODAY (Singapore), 23 December 2014, 644 words, (English)
HONG KONG — China has seen a rapid jump in mobile advertising in recent years and next year, firms are forecast to spend more money on digital advertising than on television campaigns.

The quiet rise of YouTube’s CEO
Straits Times, 22 December 2014, 1335 words, Jonathan Mahler, (English)
Susan Wojcicki not only opened her home to Google founders in the early days but also got them to buy over YouTube
New York – This autumn, YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki appeared on a panel at Vanity Fair’s inaugural technology …

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Kenny Chan; Superhero success
Straits Times, 22 December 2014, 2020 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
Kenny Chan raised Books Kinokuniya’s comics and manga section to be one of its top revenue drivers
Mr Kenny Chan, store and merchandising director of Books Kinokuniya, insists that he is not a geek.

2014 IN REVIEW; People & policies
Straits Times, 22 December 2014, 1551 words, (English)
From paradigm shifts in policymaking to protests in Hong Lim Park, there was plenty for politicians, analysts and residents alike to chew on in Singapore’s political scene in 2014. Charissa Yong peers at five Ps of political peaks for the …

Thais turn to social media to talk politics
TODAY (Singapore), 19 December 2014, 787 words, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, (English)
Thailand’s political crisis, exacerbated by the coup in May, has had a huge impact on freedom of speech in the country.
The military government of General Prayuth Chan-ocha is still holding on tightly to martial law as a way to curb …

Oh! K-shows rule
Straits Times, 18 December 2014, 2501 words, Yip Wai Yee, In Seoul, (English)
Singaporeans will have easier access to K-dramas and shows with the launch of new TV channel Oh!K
Finally, K-drama fans in Singapore can get quicker access to popular entertainment programmes from major South Korean broadcaster Munhwa …

New e-book subscription service enters fraught market
Business Times Singapore, 18 December 2014, 478 words, Lisa Fratini, (English)
Bookmate aims to differentiate itself by its platform’s more direct integration with social media
BOOKMATE, a new e-book subscription service, hopes to fire up the self-publishing scene in Singapore with its social media-friendly …

In the Internet, we should not trust
MyPaper, 17 December 2014, 815 words, LEONID BERSHIDSKY, (English)
SONY Pictures wants news outlets to stop publishing stories based on material stolen by hackers, who recently ransacked the company’s computer network to devastating effect. From one perspective, that might be the right thing to do.

VIEWPOINT; SGIFF makes a strong comeback
Straits Times, 17 December 2014, 1010 words, John Lui, (English)
The Singapore International Film Festival, back after a three-year hiatus, closed on Sunday to positive reviews
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is back. And it is looking good.

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 3

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Authorities, gunman tussle for control of a news story ; Modern extremist groups see media as central to help spread political message, says…
TODAY (Singapore), 16 December 2014, 751 words, (English)
SYDNEY — From the moment a lone gunman took hostages at the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s city centre, he was guaranteed blanket media coverage. The cafe sits opposite the main newsroom for Australia’s most-watched television channel, the Seven …

Why I’m logging off Facebook
Straits Times, 14 December 2014, 802 words, Susan Senator, (English)
Washington – As the summer wound down, I found a letter from my son’s headmaster under some junk on my desk.
He was asking the kids to be sure to read two books over the summer. Oops, I thought. This was one I should have read immediately. …

POWER LIST 2014; Passion and power
Straits Times, 14 December 2014, 8716 words, Corrie Tan, (English)
Stories of standing up for one’s beliefs and chasing one’s dreams ring loud in SundayLife!’s list of movers and shakers this year
Some earned their position through wealth, new properties or takeovers. For others on the Power List 2014, it …

‘Doyenne of S’pore publishers’, 65, dies
Straits Times, 13 December 2014, 541 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
Exec director of ST Press loses battle with cancer
STRAITS Times Press executive director Shirley Hew, a publishing veteran who discovered award-winning local writers Suchen Christine Lim and Colin Cheong, died at home yesterday morning …

Internet tax can hurt the economy
Straits Times, 12 December 2014, 937 words, Robert D. Atkinson And Ben Miller, (English)
WHEN you spark one of the largest protests in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism, you know that you have stirred up the electorate. That is exactly what the Hungarian government did when it recently proposed an “Internet tax” of 50 …

Dim Sum Dollies revue gets advisory
Straits Times, 11 December 2014, 1060 words, Corrie Tan, (English)
For the first time since the show started in 2002, it has been given ‘mature content’ rating
A satirical revue by the popular cabaret trio Dim Sum Dollies, which takes sly digs at Singapore life, has come under the spotlight after it was …

Fund to ride on China media boom
Straits Times, 11 December 2014, 727 words, Boon Chan Media Correspondent, (English)
Singapore-based fund worth $130 million will invest in projects ranging from film to theme parks
A US$100-million (S$130-million) Singapore-based fund for investments in China’s media and entertainment industry was launched yesterday.

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 2

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mm2 Asia is first Singapore film production company to be listed on SGX
Channel NewsAsia, 19:58, 9 December 2014, 127 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Local movie production company mm2 Asia made its debut on the Catalist board on Tuesday (Dec 9). mm2 Asia is the first Singaporean film producer to be listed on the SGX.

101 on how to stay Popular
Straits Times, 9 December 2014, 1084 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
The “one-stop shop” concept keeps Popular bookstores in business, says straight-talking boss
Halfway through an hour-long interview with Life!, Popular Holdings chief executive officer Chou Cheng Ngok declares: “I don’t read books.”

Nicole Seah to make her acting debut in SG50 film 1965 ; Former opposition politician joins Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu and Lim Kay Tong in period…
TODAY (Singapore), 9 December 2014, 656 words, Genevieve Loh, (English)
SINGAPORE — Former opposition politician Nicole Seah, who attracted much attention during the 2011 General Election, is back in the limelight — making her movie debut in the highly-anticipated SG50 film, 1965.

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Rufino Soliano; Local media’s music man
Straits Times, 8 December 2014, 1794 words, Eddino Abdul Hadi, Music Correspondent, (English)
Composer Rufino Soliano played an important role in the music of shows produced here
He might not be as immediately recognisable as the artists that he makes music for but musician, composer, arranger and conductor Rufino Soliano was a giant …

Singapore becoming the region’s TV hub ; Major American companies setting up shop here and localising their channels
TODAY (Singapore), 8 December 2014, 468 words, (English)
LOS ANGELES — Singapore may be becoming the de facto centre of television co-production in South-east Asia.
That is a reflection of the way many major American entertainment conglomerates have set up in, or moved their regional headquarters …

Censored Pippi hits a nerve
Straits Times, 7 December 2014, 646 words, (English)
Washington – Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren introduced the world to Pippi Longstocking in 1945. Rambunctious, red- pigtailed Pippi is beloved the world over, especially in Sweden – where people are really mad that her original stories have …

30 recall Little India riot in new book
Straits Times, 7 December 2014, 427 words, Jermyn Chow, (English)
80-page title with eyewitness accounts launched ahead of incident’s one-year anniversary
When photographer Zakaria Zainal went to Little India the day after the riot there a year ago, he was trying to make sense of how things had spiralled …

SPH reorganises newspaper divisions
Straits Times, 6 December 2014, 305 words, Janice Heng, (English)
SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) is reorganising and renaming its two newspaper divisions to include other forms of media, such as existing digital and radio subsidiaries.

Online freedom falls in 36 of 65 countries polled
Business Times Singapore, 6 December 2014, 357 words, (English)
More governments boost monitoring of Internet users and crack down on dissent
INTERNET freedom suffered this year as a growing number of countries stepped up efforts to spy on users and censor online postings, a global survey …

China orders further crackdown on domestic media
TODAY (Singapore), 5 December 2014, 584 words, (English)
BEIJING — China has ordered a further crackdown on its domestic media, telling news organisations to sack illegally recruited employees and close local offices if they have too many of them, state news agency Xinhua reported.

News You Can Use – December 2014 – Issue 1

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Hollywood bows to censors to court Chinese investors ; Movie studios have changed story lines, national identities and removed sex scenes to…
TODAY (Singapore), 3 December 2014, 761 words, (English)
LOS ANGELES — Hollywood film studios are courting Chinese investors to gain access to the world’s most populous nation, brushing aside concern that their new partners will seek to censor the next generation of films and television shows.

Musical, all-Hokkien work among films for Singapore’s 50th year ; 7 Letters is slated to be released next July and will offer unique…
TODAY (Singapore), 3 December 2014, 633 words, Genevieve Loh, (English)
SINGAPORE — A musical, a tale about community and an all-Hokkien short.
These were just some of the film ideas that were shared by seven of Singapore’s award-winning film directors — Royston Tan, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, Tan Pin …

The rise of audiobooks
Straits Times, 2 December 2014, 719 words, (English)
New York – Print has been good to Jeffery Deaver. During the past 26 years, the lawyer-turned-thriller writer has published 35 novels and sold 40 million copies of them globally.

Google’s puzzling U-turn on China
TODAY (Singapore), 2 December 2014, 746 words, Adam Minter, (English)
Nearly five years after grandly pulling out of China due to hacking and censorship concerns, Google may be looking to return.
Two reports that emerged two weeks ago said the search giant hopes to open a local version of its Google Play …

US to decide if threats via FB are free speech
MyPaper, 1 December 2014, 631 words, (English)
THE United States Supreme Court will consider a ground-breaking case today about whether those who post death threats on Facebook are liable to prosecution or whether threatening comments are protected by constitutional rights to …

special report: the other face of sweden; Going the distance
Straits Times, 30 November 2014, 72 words, (English)
The reports and photographs on these pages are by journalism students (from left) Tan Pei Lin, Hariz Baharudin and Seow Bei Yi of Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

special report: the other face of sweden; School’s uphill battle to shake off reputation as a poor immigrant outfit
Straits Times, 30 November 2014, 1510 words, Seow Bei Yi, (English)
It is a Monday morning in Tensta, a suburb north-west of Stockholm. All is quiet but for merchants setting up the fruit market, and a stream of students making their way to school.

Facebook can find killers… in theory
MyPaper, 28 November 2014, 1021 words, LEONID BERSHIDSKY, (English)
A REPORT published on Tuesday by the Intelligence and Security Committee of the British Parliament prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to accuse social networks of harbouring terrorists.

China’s bid for Internet influence
Straits Times, 28 November 2014, 1203 words, Rachel Chang, In Beijing, (English)
The country known for its great firewall champions respect for each country’s sovereign control of online space.
THE irony was lost on no one.

Whole new take on S’pore films
Business Times Singapore, 28 November 2014, 1765 words, (English)
Forget crass heartland comedies and gratuitous shots of Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion. Three homegrown directors make you rethink what local films are all about with a showcase of their edgier works next week at the Singapore …

News You Can Use – November 2014 – Issue 4

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The Online Citizen appeals for contributions ; Website will post less content as directors of managing firm focus on securing funding
TODAY (Singapore), 26 November 2014, 615 words, Xue Jianyue, (English)
SINGAPORE — The company managing sociopolitical website The Online Citizen (TOC) has made a public appeal for contributions, describing its funds as extremely low amid dwindling donations and a lack of subscribers.

KL working to censor websites
TODAY (Singapore), 25 November 2014, 398 words, (English)
PUTRAJAYA — Malaysia’s Home Ministry is working with the nation’s Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube, to ensure content that does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film …

Enterprise: Innovation – From claypots to sewing machines and wedding gowns, AdWords helps drive sales
The Edge Singapore, 24 November 2014, 1271 words, (English)
| By Chan Chao Peh |
Claypots stewing over a fire and AdWords, Google’s search-engine-pegged marketing feature that churns out hits in milliseconds, seem to be worlds apart, but for some small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the ability …

Facebook’s newsfeed plans spell trouble for media
Business Times Singapore, 24 November 2014, 804 words, (English)
Trend of making news personal to continue as younger readers shun print for digital, mobile platforms: analyst
FACEBOOK’s move to fulfil its ambition to be the personal “newspaper” for its billion-plus members is likely to mean …

Twitter hopes its new ad tools targeting SMBs will be a hit
Business Times Singapore, 24 November 2014, 996 words, Amit Roy Choudhury (English)
MICRO-BLOGGING site Twitter is hoping that two advertising tools that it introduced recently will help it reach out to more businesses, particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), in the Asia-Pacific region. The two …

Going the distance
Straits Times, 23 November 2014, 68 words, (English)
The reports and photographs on these pages are by journalism students (from left) Tan Pei Lin, Tan Tam Mei, Toh Ee Ming and Hariz Baharudin of Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

special report: parenting the swedish way; The Swedish find it strange if dads don’t stay child
Straits Times, 23 November 2014, 1962 words, Tan Tam Mei, (English)
More couples are splitting their 16 months of parental leave more equally
In his spare time, Mr Viktor Wallstrom, 29, grabs his hiking boots, windbreaker and hunting gear and sets off for his cabin in the woods north of Stockholm for a week. …

Cycle to the festival
Straits Times, 21 November 2014, 582 words, Gurveen Kaur, (English)
The Bicycle Film Festival, which also celebrates the vehicle through art and music, will be brought in here next year
With at least 10 film festivals in Singapore annually, the options are endless for film fanatics these days.

YouTube told to remove songs
Straits Times, 20 November 2014, 508 words, (English)
Artist manager wants works by songwriters under his music publishing company out of new subscription service
New York – YouTube unveiled its long-awaited subscription music plan last week, giving the music industry a potentially big new …

Minister slams quality of China’s TV shows, films, publications ; Solutions include govt banning decadent themes and artistes putting…
TODAY (Singapore), 19 November 2014, 348 words, (English)
BEIJING — Many of the television shows, movies and publications produced in China each year are rubbish, and the solution is to banish decadent themes and concentrate on uplifting social values instead, a senior government minister has …

China Web-TV firms spend big on foreign content
TODAY (Singapore), 19 November 2014, 605 words, (English)
BEIJING — China’s big Internet-television companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on foreign TV shows and films in a battle to attract users and advertisers, but risk displeasing regulators who are determined to protect the …