Article 1: In order to make television drama production flourish, stimulate the construction of a socialist spiritual civilization, raise television drama quality, strengthen television drama production management, these Regulations are formulated.
Article 2: Television drama as named in these Regulations refers to television (videorecord) programmes produced using electronic recording means and having story plots.
Television drama production refers to the artistic creation activity of shooting and producing television dramas.
Article 3: The Ministry of Radio, Film and Television is responsible for television drama production management work nationwide. Provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio and television offices (bureaus) are responsible for television drama production management work within their administrative areas.
Article 4: Any work units producing television dramas, must hold a “Television Drama Production Permit” (hereafter simply named Permit).
Article 5: Permits re divided in long-term permits and temporary permits. The period of validity of a long-term Permit is three years.
Temporary Permits are used for one drama per permit, and are only limited to use for the television drama for which was applied, and are not valid for other dramas.
Article 6: Provincial capital-level (included) or higher television stations (or television drama production centres), film production studios, audiovisual publishing work units and propaganda, culture and art work units having special television drama production organs meeting the following conditions may apply for a long-term Permit;
(1) having specialized creative main personnel teams such as producers (film production directors), screenwriters, directors, filmers, etc. for television drama shooting production. The main personnel shall have a cultural-level of college or higher with a corresponding specialization, or have taken charge of the work in producing three or more television dramas that were broadcasted by provincial-level or higher television stations;
(2) having complete sets of special equipment that can be used to simultaneously produce two television dramas or more;
(3) having special funds used for producing television dramas;
(4) annual production amounts of television dramas reaching 4 individual dramas or more, or two middle or long length drama series.
Article 7: All sorts of work units listed in Article 6 that have not obtained a long-term Permit and television production business organs approved for establishment by administrative radio and television entities, meeting the following conditions, may apply for a temporary Permit:
(1) having clear authorization for production certificates or agreements with a screenwriter;
(2) having specialized main creative personnel necessary for producing the drama applied for such as screenwriters, producers (film production directors), directors, filmers, actors, etc.;
(3) having a script examined by a prefecture (city) level or higher propaganda entity or higher-level controlling authority;
(4) having the necessary special equipment for producing the drama applied for;
(5) having the necessary special funds for producing the drama applied for;
(6) having clear shooting period planning.
Article 8: The examination and approval procedure for a long-term Permit application:
(1) Applying work units shall first obtain a “Television Drama Production Permit Application Form” with the administrative radio and television entity, fill it out and submit it according to the facts, and simultaneously provide true and reliable certification materials. Of those, main creative personnel, special equipment and special funds shall be certified respectively by the personnel department, equipment management department and financial department, of programmes listed in professional résumés, samples must be provided.
(2) Central-level work units’ subordinate television drama production work units, after receiving a signed opinion from the controlling ministry, committee or bureau, report to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for examination and approval; provincial, autonomous region and municipal administrative region television drama production work units, after receiving a signed opinion from the provincial-level administrative radio and television entity, report to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for examination and approval.
Article 9: The examination and approval procedure for a temporary Permit application.
(1) Applying work units shall first obtain a “Temporary Television Drama Production Permit Application Form” with the administrative radio and television entity, fill it out and submit it according to the facts. They simultaneously produce all certification materials for the intended programme such as main creative personnel, equipment, funding, script examination, etc., and shooting period planning.
Where personnel or equipment is rented (borrowed) from other work units, the renting (lending) work unit must produce certification or provide the agreement letter of both sides; those not exclusively invested and produced by the applying work unit, shall provide support or investment agreement letters and funding use budget reports.
(2) Central-level work units’ subordinate television drama production work units, after receiving a signed opinion from the higher-level controlling work unit, report to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for examination and approval; provincial, autonomous region and municipal administrative region television drama production work units, after receiving a signed opinion from the provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entity, report to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for examination and approval.
The “Television Drama Production Permit Application Form” and the “Temporary Television Drama Production Permit Application Form” are designed uniformly by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television. Permits are uniformly printed by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television.
Article 10: Major revolutionary or history-theme television drama permit examination and approval rules:
(1) Work units holding a long-term Permit producing this kind of television dramas, shall first submit the script to the provincial-level administrative radio and television entity and Party Committee Propaganda Department for preliminary examination, and after passing, report the Permit and the preliminary script examination passing approval document to the “Major Revolutionary and History-Theme Film and Television Creation Leading Small Group” (hereafter simply named “Leading Small Group”) for examination and authorization, only after the script is examined and authorized by the Leading Small Group, may shooting be commenced;
(2) Work units not holding a long-term Permit producing this sort of television drama, shall after examining and authorizing the script according to the procedure of Paragraph 1 of this Article, go to the corresponding administrative radio and television entity to apply for a Temporary Permit with the approval document of the Leading Small Group.
Article 11: Where work units holding a long-term Permit shoot television dramas in cooperation with work units not holding a Permit, the Permit-holding side shall be in charge. Permit-holding work units must have producers (film production directors), and directors participating in shooting work.
Work units not holding a Permit may not again apply for a Temporary Permit.
Article 12: Where work units applying for a Temporary Permit shooting television dramas in cooperation with work units not holding a Permit, they must provide shooting cooperation agreement letters, and the producer (film production director) must be in the charge of the side obtaining the Permit.
Article 13: The production right and copyright of jointly produced television dramas may not be enjoyed exclusively by the side without a Permit.
Article 14: administrative radio and television entities shall strictly examine and verify the conditions of applying work units, those conforming to conditions, shall be issued the corresponding Permit.
Article 15: Work units applying for a Temporary Permit, must apply before shooting commences. Those applying during production or after television drama completion will not be granted a Permit. Provincial administrative radio and television entities, after issuing permits to production entities, shall within one month file this with the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television.
Article 16: In case of television drama production across provincial-level administrative regions, production work units shall on their own initiative file with the administrative radio and television entity of the locality of filming, and produce their Permit of a copy of the Permit. Copies of the Permit only have affect after they are stamped by the permit-issuing entity.
Article 17: administrative radio and television entities implement an annual examination system over long-term Permit-holding work units.
At the time of annual examination, administrative radio and television entities may put forward an opinion of punishment by permit revocation for work units of which change occurred in circumstances and that no longer meet qualification conditions for a long-term Permit, or that have activities not respecting State laws, regulations and rules in production activities, and report to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for a decision. Work units of which a long-term Permit was revoked, may not again apply for a long-term Permit for three years.
Article 18: Work units holding a Temporary Permit after conducting dissemination formalities of recording publishing formalities, shall within 15 days return the Permit to the permit-issuing entity. Of those not having commenced shooting six months after obtaining the Permit, the permit-issuing entity has the power to recall the Permit.
Article 19: Domestic television dramas broadcasted by all levels’ television stations (including cable television stations, the same hereafter) must be television dramas produced by work units holding a Permit.
Article 20: In television dramas submitted to television stations for broadcast, the opening and ending titles must display the Permit number. The opening title Permit shall be displayed on the lower left corner of the screen and be continued for five seconds or more, the ending title Permit and production work unit name are displayed together in the same frame, the pattern is: “Permit No. xxx”.
All levels; television stations when examining television dramas submitted for broadcast, must simultaneously examine whether or not the submitted programmes display the Permit number according to regulations. Television dramas not displaying the Permit number, shall be returned to the producing work unit for completion and only after displaying the Permit number, may they be accepted.
Article 21: Audiovisual publishing work units purchasing television dramas shall examine the Permit. Audiovisual publishers may not purchase, publish or distribute television dramas not having a Permit.
Article 22: administrative radio and television entities, with a view of the gravity of the circumstances may impose the following punishments on work units violating these Regulations:
(1) To those producing television dramas without a Permit, or not having on their own initiative filed with the permit management entity of the shooting locality, may be ordered to stop their production, seal up the materials and completed master tapes of that drama, and be punished with a fine of 10-15% of the total television drama investment.
(2) To those altering, selling, renting, lending or covertly transferring Permits, apart from revocation of the Permit, a fine of 50.000 Yuan or less is imposed; the materials and master tapes of the involved dramas shall be confiscated and sealed.
(3) To television stations broadcasting television dramas without displaying permit numbers, a warning shall be issued, they shall be reported for criticism, and punished with a fine of 10-15% of the total television drama purchasing sum.
To television stations broadcasting television dramas not having a permit, apart from a warning, criticism report and investigation of leadership responsibility, a fine of two times or more of the total income during the broadcast time of that television drama may be imposed.
(4) To those refusing or obstructing Permit management personnel examination or supervision, the punishments of a warning, criticism report and Permit revocation may be imposed; those violating relevant public order management regulations will be submitted to the public security entities for punishments; where it constitutes a crime, criminal liability will be investigated according to the law.
(5) The Permit of production work units not producing 4 individual dramas or more, or two middle or long length drama series every year, will be cancelled.
Article 23: For cancellation of a long-term Permit, the provincial-level administrative radio and television entity shall put forward an opinion, and report to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for a decision. For cancellation of a Temporary Permit, the provincial-level administrative radio and television entity decides.
Article 24: The Ministry of Radio, Film and Television is responsible for interpreting these Regulations.
Article 25: These Regulations take effect on the day of promulgation, documents SSS No. (1989)821 and (1990)520 are abolished at the same time.