As diplomatic relations grew tenser between Canada and China last month, one of Canada’s most recognizable entertainment companies withdrew from a prominent Chinese television program.
Cirque du Soleil on December 10 ended negotiations to feature in CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala, one of the world’s most-watched TV shows, spokeswoman Stephanie Morissette said. The decision was due to a lack of agreement on contract terms as the February gala grew closer, and was unrelated to the political situation, she said.
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has been banking on its China expansion to boost ticket sales under guidance from Chinese minority owner Fosun International. Its first permanent mainland show is set to start in Hangzhou this year.
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