|IQIYI, INC. filed this Form 424B4 on 03/29/2018|
Case Study: The Rap of China ( )
The Rap of China ( ) is a Chinese rap competition and reality show produced by iQIYI in 2017 and aired exclusively on iQIYI platform from June to September 2017. Since the airing of its first episode, the show quickly grew in popularity and transformed hip-hop music from a niche entertainment format into an entertainment phenomenon in China. As of the date of this prospectus, the show had generated over 3.0 billion video views. The live broadcasting of the season finale attracted a huge number of viewers to watch simultaneously on our platform.
The success of the show epitomized iQIYI development teams high degree of professionalism and deep understanding of the entertainment industry. We mobilized a development team of four well-recognized producers, each with a proven track record of producing phenomenal variety shows. We also gathered a large team of professionals for the shows production, including more than 100 directors who screened contestants across the country, and a post-production editing team of around 200 professionals. By combining the expertise of industry leaders, we ensured that the show is produced with a high degree of professionalism.
More importantly, our in-depth understanding of users allows us to more accurately predict the cultural trend and our user taste. We observe that hip-hop, although still a niche music genre in China, has already been integrated into mainstream pop culture through various channels, such as apparels, trending buzzwords, and related music formats. We believe our users demands for transformative entertainment themes and hip-hop would be the next emerging cultural trend. This insight, coupled with the assistance of the technology team enabled us to pinpoint hip-hop as the theme of the show. Our in-depth knowledge of young Chinese audience enables us to place the most appealing elements into the show.
Our industry-leading big data analytics technology enhanced various aspects of the show. We utilized big data analytics to select the most appropriate celebrities who represent the tastes of a wide base of viewers. We