Global Distribution Networks, Local Exhibition Alliances: Hollywood’s New Map in Hong Kong

Victor K.W. SHIN*, Stephen W.K. CHIU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Shin V. K. W. and Chiu S. W. K. Global distribution networks, local exhibition alliances: Hollywood's new map in Hong Kong, Regional Studies. Hollywood firms dominate the international film industry through their distribution networks, but how did they develop these networks and how have the networks helped their movies penetrate overseas markets? This paper demonstrates how Hollywood expanded its global distribution networks and capitalized on its competitive advantages in the resilient Asian film market of Hong Kong – once deemed the ‘Hollywood of the East’. The case study illustrates how the institutional change in Hong Kong's film industry restructured the global–local nexus between Hollywood distributors and Hong Kong cinemas, thereby allowing Hollywood movies to crowd out local productions in the market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-847
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The authors are grateful to John Thompson, Christel Lane, Peter Webb, David Levin, and the anonymous reviewers and editors of Regional Studies for their insightful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.


  • Global distribution networks
  • Hollywood
  • Hong Kong
  • Institutional change
  • Motion picture industry
  • Structure and agency


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