“The Bell of the Bund”

TV drama production in China has become more rational, according to industry insiders at the recent Shanghai annual industry forum.

Statistics from CSM Media show that only 28 percent of 1,163 candidate TV drama projects were approved by the government last year. Adaptations of similar genres and subjects were carefully selected in case of aesthetic fatigue among viewers.

Zheng Weidong, a statistical analyst from CSM Media, noted that urban dramas about contemporary real-life stories were on the increase on domestic satellite TV, accounting for 51 percent of the total last year. Costume dramas and fantasy dramas took up 21 percent.

“More TV series are aired simultaneously on video-sharing websites, which is blurring the boundaries between TV and Internet,” Zheng said. 

He anticipated that the…

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