Guide­lines reg­u­late TV pay scale for main ac­tors

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Zhao Junxi

The to­tal fees for ac­tors of a TV drama can­not ex­ceed 40 per­cent of the to­tal pro­duc­tion cost, and the pay for the main ac­tors of TV and In­ter­net dra­mas can­not ex­ceed 70 per­cent of shows’ to­tal pay­roll, ac­cord­ing to new guide­lines is­sued on Fri­day.

The guide­lines re­leased by five in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions are aimed at guid­ing en­ter­tain­ment com­pa­nies to rea­son­ably man­age TV dra­mas and op­ti­mize the dis­tri­bu­tion of fees for a pos­i­tive cy­cle of in­puts and out­puts in the in­dus­try.

China’s rapidly-de­vel­op­ing film and TV in­dus­try has pro­duced many out­stand­ing works but has also given un­rea­son­ably high fees to some ac­tors which has led to an im­bal­ance in the dis­tri­bu­tion of in­come and af­fected the over­all qual­ity of TV se­ries, ac­cord­ing to the guide­lines pub­lished on the web­site of the China Net­cast­ing Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion on Fri­day.

The guide­lines said that if to­tal fees for ac­tors of a TV drama ex­ceed the limit, the com­pany has to in­form the re­lated as­so­ci­a­tion and ex­plain the rea­sons.

The guide­lines take ef­fect on Fri­day.

Lu Di, a pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity’s School of Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, told the Global Times that he sup­ports the guide- lines be­cause the “ab­surdly” high pay for some ac­tors has greatly af­fected the sound de­vel­op­ment of the TV in­dus­try.

“Aside from set­ting a cap on the main ac­tors’ fees, the au­thor­i­ties and com­pa­nies should also in­crease the fees for screen­play writ­ers. Only those who write good sto­ries for dra­mas could boost the sound de­vel­op­ment of China’s TV and film in­dus­try,” Lu said.

A rank­ing of Chi­nese stars based on their in­come was re­leased by news sites and Toutiao. com in May.

Fan Bing­bing topped the list in 2016 with an an­nual in­come of 244 mil­lion yuan ($35.42 mil­lion).

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