Magazine article Screen International

China Caps Actors Pay Following Fan Bingbing Controversy

Magazine article Screen International

China Caps Actors Pay Following Fan Bingbing Controversy

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Fan Bingbing allegedly used a dual contract system to hide the true level of her earnings.

Fan Bingbing

Chinese authorities have issued new rules to cap the pay of local actors and clamp down on tax evasion following the controversy over Fan Bingbing’s alleged use of a dual contract system.

On June 27, a group of government agencies jointly stated that actors’ pay must not exceed 40% of a film or TV production’s total cost - and that pay earned by the leading cast members must not exceed 70% of the total cast payments.

The directive - issued by the propaganda department of the Communist Party, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, State Administration of Taxation and the State Administration of Radio and Television - also said that current practices are raising production costs to unsustainable levels, negatively affecting the overall quality of domestic productions and helping to spread “money-worshipping” values among young people. …

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