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TROS in China

Dutch public broadcaster TROS is planning to produce many programs in China over the next couple of months. In December there will be a China week on Dutch TV in which all these programs will air. Last night I was invited by Sierk Vojacek (whose company SVP is the local producer of these programs) to join them for dinner at M on the Bund.

It was a nice evening, as is usual when going to this great restaurant. We had a big table on the balcony overlooking the river (we were in total 12 people), and the Dutch TROS team enjoyed the view from there a lot. For all of them it was their first time in Shanghai, and then the skyline is indeed amazing. I still remember my first time in Shanghai many years ago. I stayed at the Hua Ting Hotel (on Cao Xi Bei Lu) and had walked all the way from there to the Bund (at least a two hour walk). I arrived there when it was dark already, and when I walked up the stairs to the river front I remember I could hardly believe how fantastic the view was. And this was many years ago when the skyline consisted of just the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jinmao Tower and the original Shangri-La Hotel (plus a huge Philips billboard)!

The food at M on the Bund was fabulous, and I had some interesting conversations with the TROS people and some of the SVP staff. Several of the programs they will produce will be really cool to watch (e.g. regular Dutch formats in a Chinese setting). And one will likely be about Tudou. Maybe I should go back to Holland during the broadcasting week (likely around December 15) to watch all of them there.

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