Best Entertainment Empire (2010)

Thuy Nga

Sure, we've got Disney and Trinity Broadcasting Network. But no just-for-fun organization so thoroughly permeates the market it wants to permeate as the Little Saigon song-and-dance production studio Thuy Nga. Its Paris By Night variety-show DVDs are ubiquitous—ask your Vietnamese friends how many they were forced to sit through at family gatherings growing up—and its singers exalted. And you can call its productions overblown, but there's no denying the huge role the franchise has played in spreading Vietnamese language and culture to new generations. It's almost ironic Paris By Night may be shutting down because there are too many people doing knock-offs of their work. In other words, Thuy Nga may end up a bona-fide victim of its own success.

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