Jenny Chan 陳詠欣
Aug 6, 2012

China’s ban on remakes of foreign shows: A decision made by 'old-school minds'

BEIJING - SARFT, China’s film and TV censorship board, has issued six more thou-shalt-nots in a list of new regulations for Chinese television, one of which is a ban on remakes or clones of foreign TV shows.

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The guidelines from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television SARFT, which were already implemented nationwide, may be negative for production companies set up to remake popular American series such as Glee, Gossip Girl, and How I Met Your Mother.

The other five in the decree are to draw clear lines between ourselves and the enemy in dramas incorporating revolutionary history must not amplify or emphasise family conflicts must not...

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