CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (April 10): China’s Film Industry; Transgender Athlete Schuyler Bailar

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (April 10): China’s Film Industry; Transgender Athlete Schuyler Bailar

“60 Minutes” (04/10/16) – Always a standout, Schuyler Bailar won countless races on girls swim teams through high school, with All-American times both junior and senior year. But at Harvard University, Bailar decided to swim on the men’s team.

The transgender athlete is no longer winning races, but says in his first television interview he has won a personal battle by making a difficult choice and being true to who he is. Bailar, who may be the first openly transgender male athlete to compete in a NCAA Division I men’s sport, tells his story to Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” tonight, April 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“I know I made the right decision,” says Bailar. “But I think sometimes, ‘Oh, I really wish I could compete as a girl because I want to win that race.’ It’s fun to win.” It’s a different world on the men’s team, Bailar says. “I am working the same amount for 16th place. And that’s okay…it has other kinds of glory in it.”

At first, Bailar’s plan was to lead something of a double life — living as a man on Harvard’s campus, but still swimming as a woman on the women’s team. Harvard women’s swimming coach Stephanie Morawski had recruited Bailar as a woman, but encouraged Bailar to make the life-changing decision. “I was struggling watching Schuyler because he wanted to reinvent himself…as a male, but was being held back because of the athletic piece of it,” she says.

The decision was agonizing, but it had to be done, says Morawski. “Schuyler had to do a lot of thinking about what mattered most… Was it breaking records or was it really being happy,” Morawski says. Harvard men’s coach Kevin Tyrrell welcomed Schuyler to his team, as did his swimmers.

Bailar is taking testosterone now, which the NCAA permits in situations like Bailar’s. It’s lowered his voice and broadened his shoulders — and given him a bit of a moustache. “I shaved because I wanted to look nice for the interview,” Bailar tells Stahl. He’s also shaved more than 3 seconds off his previous best times in the pool, and is hoping to come back even more successful on the men’s team next season.

Then, later in the “60 Minutes” broadcast, in China, it’s usually forbidden to shoot films in The Forbidden City. So an enterprising former farmer built his own movie set version, part of what is now the world’s largest movie lot. It was a gamble that paid off, because China’s film industry has grown so big so fast, that it is now looking to compete with Hollywood. CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports from China in her first “60 Minutes” story to be broadcast tonight, April 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Dede Nickerson has seen the rise of Chinese cinema as a film producer there for the past two decades. She thinks it won’t be long before the Chinese are ready to muscle in on Tinseltown’s territory. “They are smart. They understand storytelling. They are…super well-versed in what works in their own country. They are super well-versed in what works globally,” she says. “I couldn’t be more excited. So I would say…Hollywood, watch out.”

Even as the economy slows in China, the country produces some 600 films a year for a domestic audience growing so fast that 22 new screens open every day. The Chinese box office over the last five years has grown 350 percent. The spectacular Hengdian World Studios, where “60 Minutes” cameras capture the replica of The Forbidden City and other massive movie sets, hosts 30 different productions every day.

U.S. filmmakers are very much aware of the growing Chinese movie market, says Nickerson. She says Chinese audiences are now a consideration in the decision-making process at every major Hollywood studio. “They have to because oftentimes the Chinese box office is larger than the U.S. box office. Especially for the big blockbuster films.”

More and more big Hollywood productions are being made in both countries for both audiences. “Transformers 4” made $300 million in China and was partially shot there. Kung Fu Panda 3 was animated in California and Shanghai at the same time, and in the Chinese version, the characters’ mouths were made to look like they were speaking Chinese.

But one of China’s biggest filmmakers says the Chinese are ready to make their own films for the U.S. and Chinese markets. Dennis Wang, who runs Huayi Brothers studios with his brother James, says he and his colleagues in the Chinese industry are eager to use Hollywood directors and stars to compete directly with U.S. studios, making blockbusters for English and Chinese audiences “I think we’ll be doing that in the next one or two years. Maybe in five years we’ll be doing it really well,” Wang tells Williams.

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 48th season in September 2015. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2015, making Nielsen’s Top 10 list nine consecutive weeks in the fall of 2014.

Over the 2013-2014 season, “60 Minutes” continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.2 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

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