Supplementary Regulations Concerning the Implementation of a Television Drama Production Permit System
In order to make television drama creation flourish, raise television drama technology quality, strengthen management over television drama production, our Ministry issued the “Notice Concerning the Implementation of a Television Drama Production Permit System” (RDR No. (1989)821) on 31 October 1989. In order to further implement the spirit of this document, and make the “Regulations” more operational, the following Supplementary Regulations are made:
I, Any work unit producing television dramas must abide by the “Notice Concerning the Implementation of a Television Drama Production Permit System” and these “Supplementary Regulations”
II, Television dramas as named in the “Regulations” refers to television programmes produced using electronic photography means having a story plot.
III, When applying for a television drama production permit, it is necessary to provide true and reliable certification documents concerning creative personnel, special equipment, special funds, independent bank account numbers as well as a short professional history, etc. to the television drama production permit controlling authority. Certification materials shall be the approval documents of the controlling authority of the applicant or written statements having legal effect. Special fund certification must be provided by the financing work unit’s financial department. Rented (lent) equipment and personnel must be certified by the renting (lending) work unit or both parties’ agreement must be provided.
IV, Where work units holding a long-term permit cooperate with work units not holding a permit to shoot television dramas, the work unit holding a permit shall have first place. The work unit holding a permit must have the producer and the main editing, directing, shooting and recording creative personnel take part in shooting work.
Where work units applying for a temporary permit cooperate with work units not holding a permit to shoot television dramas, the shooting cooperation agreement must be provided; those receiving financial aid from enterprises or undertaking work units or individuals, must provide a letter of intent and a budget report.
V, Photocopies made by permit holders because of work requirements of permits, must be stamped by the issuing entity before they can have effect.
VI, For interprovincial-level production of television dramas, production work units must on their own initiative file with the television drama permit management entity in the location of shooting, produce their permit, and accept examination and supervision by the management entity. As for shooting without a permit and production units not having filed, the television drama management entity has the power to stop their shooting activities, and notify the permit management entity of the locality to deal with it according to regulations.
VII, Domestic television dramas broadcast by all levels’ television stations (including cable television stations) must be television dramas produced by a permit-holding television drama production work units.
Television dramas submitted for broadcast approval, must display the television drama permit number during the opening and ending titles. The opening title permit number shall be displayed in the lower left corner and be shown continuously for ten seconds; the ending title permit number shall be shown together with the producing work unit’s name, the format is “permit no. xx”.
VIII Television drama production work units holding a long-term permit shall at the end of every year report the annual television drama production situation to the permit-issuing entity in writing, and provide shooting planning for the next year, to be examined and approved by the permit management entity. As for production work unit not accepting examination of permits and not providing reports, the permit management entity shall be reported for criticism or their permit shall be revoked. Temporary permit holders must, after finishing television drama shooting, fill out a “Television Drama Production Situation Form” and report it to the permit-issuing entity together with the higher-level management entity and broadcasting television station examination opinion, within twenty days of handling broadcast formalities.
IX, Work units violating the “Regulations Concerning the Implementation of a Television Drama Production Permit System” shall be dealt with in view of the gravity of the situation, as follows:
(1) Those producing television dramas without a permit, if during the production period, shall be ordered to stop shooting, if after completion of television drama shooting, shall be punished as an illegal publication, shall without exception not be given a compensatory permit, and shall be fined 10 to 50 per cent of the total cost of shooting the television drama.
(2) All levels’ television stations (including cable television stations, channels) broadcasting television dramas produced by a work unit not holding a permit, shall be respectively given a warning, reported for criticism or fined 10 to 50 per cent of the total buying cost of the television drama.
(3) Those altering, selling, renting or lending, or transferring permits, or letting other work units or individuals use permits to produce television dramas, apart from having their completed pictures confiscated and their permits revoked, may not have their television dramas broadcast, and shall be fined 10-50% of the total cost of the television drama.
(4) Those refusing or obstructing television drama production permit management personnel examination or supervision, shall be issued a warning, reported for criticism or have their permits revoked in view of the gravity of the situation. In case of violation of regulations relating to public order management, the public security entities shall be requested to deal with the situation according to regulations; where it constitutes a crime, criminal liability shall be investigated according to the law.
(5) Long-term permit holders repeatedly producing more than two inferior television dramas (not enough for provincial-level or higher television station broadcast standards), not having television drama production conditions, or having chaotic internal management, shall have their permits revoked.
(6) Those violating other provisions, shall be issued a warning, reported for criticism, fined or have their permits revoked in view of the gravity of the circumstances.
X, Audiovisual publishing work units, as long as the controlling authority has no new management rules, shall strictly implement the provisions of Ministry of Radio, Film and Television RDR No. (1988)88, viz. “audiovisual publishing work units buying television dramas must examine the television drama shooting permit. Of those without a permit, all audiovisual publishing work units may not purchase, publish or distribute.”
XI, All levels’ television drama permit controlling authorities may according to the “National Commodity Price Bureau Notice Concerning Strengthening Permit Management” (No. (1988)PC48), collect permit cost fees, and discuss with the local financial and commodity price entities about collection of management fees.