SARFT Television Drama Department Explanation concerning the Situation of Cancelling the Administrative Examination and Approval Items of “Domestic Television Drama Planning Project Establishment Examination”.
According to the State Council requirements of unified deployment and administrative examination and approval system reform, on 23 August, SARFT has conducted wide investigation and research, and argumentation concerning the real situation of television drama cultural industry development, and has decided to, from 1 May 2006, cancel the previously existing “Television Drama Material Planning Project Listing Examination” administrative examination and approval items, and to implement the “Provisional Rules on Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management” The relevant circumstances of implementing the “Provisional Rules on Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management” are as follows:
I, The basis of implementing the “Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management Rules”.
1. Chapter 4, Article 35 of the “Radio and Television Management Regulations” (State Council Decree No. 228) provides: “Television drama production and broadcast management rules shall be formulated by the State Council administrative radio, film and television entity”.
2. Article 8 of the “Television Drama Content Management Regulations” (SARFT Decree No. 63) provides: “A filing and announcement system shall be implemented for filming and production of domestic dramas, coproduced dramas”, Article 9 provides: “The State Council administrative radio, film and television entity is responsible for the announcement of filming and production of television dramas nationwide. Provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Government administrative radio, film and television entities are responsible for accepting filing for filming and production of television drama by production organs in their administrative regions, and to report it to the State Council Administrative Radio, Film and Television Entity after examination and verification to request announcement.”
II, Implementing the “Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management Rules”.
1. For television drama filming and production filing and announcement management, a system is implemented whereby provincial-level administrative radio, film and television controlling entities and SARFT manage and examine at two levels, namely, provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entities are responsible for filing management of television dramas filmed and produced by producing organs in their jurisdiction, SARFT is responsible for television dramas filmed and produced by work units subordinate to the Central Committee and announcement management for television dramas produced nationwide;
2. Television drama filming and production filing and announcement situations are to be published to society at a fixed time every month on the governmental website of SARFT, corresponding organs may at all times inquire and conduct supervision, realistically guaranteeing television drama filming and production filing and announcement management openness, fairness and transparency.
III, The real effects of implementing the “”Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management Rules”. In the four years since implementing the “Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management Rules”, practice proves:
1. The filing and announcement management rules have enormously simplified the administrative permission chain of television drama production, conform the principles of government openness, transparency and efficiency, they have not only made it convenient for production entities, they have also decreased administrative costs for the government;
2. They moved the marketization process forward television drama production forward, promoted the greater diversification of themes, and at the same time, impelled market subjects to have even stronger sense of responsibility, risk consciousness and self-discipline consciousness;
3. They have aided television drama production investment risk to go down. The “Television Drama Filming and Production Filing Announcement Management Rules” are an effective market information regulation and self-disciplining method. Television drama production and dissemination world, through television drama filming and production filing and announcement, is able to understand relatively objectively and fully, the production situation of television dramas, obtain necessary market information, and since it is able to strengthen cooperation, it is also able to resolve problems such as double filming, clash of materials, etc., by themselves, through self-disciplined coordination, so as to avoid production resource waste, and avoid blind chaos and production disputes.
4. Through methods such as creation briefs, they have transmitted to the television drama production organs, situations such as political laws and regulations, management trends, etc., and effectively guided television drama creation.