14 Mar – Kevin Cheng's movie-turned-TV-adaptation, "Ip Man", is currently airing worldwide through TVB's overseas affiliates and cable broadcasters.
According to Jayne Stars website, "Ip Man" is the first mainland Chinese drama to get an overseas release prior to a wide domestic broadcast. After TVB successfully secured the rights of broadcasting it on early 2012, the show was aired through a variety of TVB International's overseas cable affiliates, including Singapore's Starhub VV Drama channel, Malaysia's Astro Wah Lai Toi, Europe's The Chinese Channel, United States' TVB USA, Canada's Fairchild TV and Talent Vision TV, Australia's TVBJ, and New Zealand's WTV.
Meanwhile, mainland China's satellite channels from Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, and five other provinces have also secured the broadcast rights for "Ip Man". However, a premiere date on these channels has not been set yet, except for Shandong's Qilu TV where the drama is now the number one most-watched programme in the province for 8 days in a row.
Produced by Suzhou Funa Films and Television, "Ip Man" stars Kevin Cheng as the titular Wing Chun master, and tells the story of his life struggles during the early 1900s in Southern China. It also stars Liu Xiaofeng, Cecilia Han, Chrissie Chau, Yuen Wah, and Leung Siu Lung.
In related news, it was reported that the studio is currently preparing for an "Ip Man" sequel.