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China Cracks Down On TV Shows Deemed “Overly Entertaining”

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 6:50am PDT

The government of China just put a chill into media companies salivating at the prospect of spreading entertainment shows to TV stations that reach the country’s booming middle class. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television just ordered China’s 34 satellite TV stations to dramatically cut back on programs that it considers to be vulgar or “overly entertaining,” the AP reports. It wants to see more news and cultural programming instead of talent shows, game shows, variety shows, talk shows and reality programming. “Satellite channels are mainly for the broadcast of news propaganda and should expand the proportion of news, economic, cultural, science and education, children’s, and documentary programming,” the agency said. It added that programs must “resolutely oppose money worship, hedonism, and extreme individualism and arduously correct bad tendencies such as abusing one’s powers, fakery, unprincipled acts, and harming others for profit.” Satellite channels collectively can offer a maximum of nine restricted programs a night  between 7:30 and 10:00 while individual channels have a cap of two shows of 90 minutes or less. In addition, they must have two hours or more of news programs from 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM, including two that run at least a half an hour during prime time. The new rules were no surprise: Last month the government told Hunan Satellite to stop showing a singing contest Super Girl. The government also said it will crack down on Internet … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Germany, China

By | Monday September 19, 2011 @ 3:16am PDT

TV Production Company All3Media Suspends Sale Efforts After 6 Months
CEO Steve Morrison and the company’s board, including chief executive Steve Morrison, made the decision on a conference call Sunday, The Daily Telegraph reported. Sony Entertainment and private-equity firms are thought to be among the bidders, all of whom apparently came in too low for major stakeholder Permira. The private-equity house acquired its share of All3Media for $502M in 2006 and was thought to be seeking around $1.1B. The desire to capitalize on the U.S. success of its Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Skins and find a partner to expand internationally was considered a driving force for the sale. All3Media declined comment. Read More »

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