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China Mandates Code of Conduct for TV Dramas Cast and Crew

China’s regulation of the entertainment industry is extending to the production crews of TV dramas and web dramas. The China Federation of Radio and Television Association (CFRTA), and China Netcasting Service Association (CNSA), two government-controlled organizations that oversee the countries radio, television, and webcasting industry, released a draft version of the “Production and Operation Guidelines for TV Series and Web Series Production Crews.” The document, published on April 25, requires the TV production units to establish a “professional ethics assessment system for actors and actresses.”

The crew has been told to  follow the requirements of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) strictly, and ensure the “correct ideological orientation” of the theme of the dramas. The regulation covers the management of costumes, makeup, props, and scenes, to prevent the improper use of costumes, and errors in images, sounds, and contents.

The document requires that the production crew resist “unreasonably high remuneration,” and strictly regulate the compensation contracts of television dramas. Cast members must “practice core socialist values, promote the spirit of patriotism, and resist all acts that undermine national honor, religious beliefs and national unity.”

Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), April 26, 2022