China’s television production companies have announced that payments to actors will be capped in response to growing anger over celebrity salaries.
Leading actors will be paid no more than 1 million yuan (£114,000) per episode or 50 million yuan per series.
Feng Shouyan, a commentator for the state-run news site Guangming Net, said: “The payroll can account for as much as 75 per cent of the production costs. As a result, the scripts are shoddy, the costumes and special effects are cheap. The overall quality of the domestic television industry has slipped.”
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